eading the news these days is like Marty McFly going from 1985 to 1955 in the film Back to the Future. It’s 2015 and African-American Section 8 holders are still denied housing in majority white neighborhoods. Black kids still attend segregated schools, And 50 years after Watts, and twenty years after Rodney King, white police […]
The articles in this category deal with Institutional racism. It is here that you find discussions about the kind of racism that continues to operate relentlessly on its own, like a machine, in spite of the intentions of people of good will. De facto racism, silent racism, covert racism, microaggresive behavior, implicit bias, there are lots of names for what we continue to battle in the United States - racially based unearned advantages and disadvantages. We encourage readers to join the conversation. Please peruse the articles and comment. You're sure to find lots of differenct perspectives.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While black folk are the most religiously devout group in the nation, “God”, it seems, has never had to answer, nor be called to account nor be indicted for black suffering.
Peter Laarman: When black people are slaughtered by white supremacists, we in fact do know something about the mind of the perpetrators. We know that these are people gripped by fear and rage. Fear that their own insecurities and crimes will be found out, and rage against black people for unfailingly bearing silent witness to these same insecurities and crimes.
s residents of Maryland and the nation brace for what could potentially be another night of civil unrest in Baltimore, it is important to pause and reflect on what has brought us to the current moment. It would be easy to attribute the violence now taking place in the nation’s 20th largest city to external […]
Cheryl Dorsey: Now that the cat is out of the bag, what are we going to do about the institutionalized racism that has been proven to exist on the Ferguson Police Department.
Robert Polner: Sokol’s larger point centers on the irony that some of the Northeast’s most significant breakthroughs in racial relations have only sought to obscure the racial partitions and disparities across the region.
Rev. Irene Monroe: As Americans we cannot become unconscious and numb to the use and abuse of the power and currency the “n-word” racial epithet still has in our society.
Scot Nakagawa: American history revolves around the story of the exploitation and exclusion of Black people. We live in denial of this reality at our own great peril.
Cheryl Dorsey: An internal LAPD survey completed amidst a chorus of unfair discipline by its officers and at the behest of Police Chief Charlie Beck shows that LAPD officers feel the Chief is biased on discipline issues.
Sharon Kyle: Marissa Alexander came to the nation’s attention around the time a spotlight was cast on another trial in Florida, that of George Zimmerman. But the outcomes couldn’t have been more different.
Yohuru Williams: The “historical” Jack Robinson was a man who cared far more deeply about social justice than many realize and spent the better part of his post-baseball life working toward achieving equality for all people.
Soya Jung: We got invited to the real hustlers convention, even if just as the kitchen help, and learned that anti-blackness and settler logic are the poker chips for maintaining white economic and political dominance.
Larry Wines: We were prepared to heap shame on Norfolk, Nebraska, and opine that it’s little wonder they are a backwater in a fly-over state. But not so fast.