James Loewen: I think BLM is elliptical for “Black Lives Matter, Too.” Thus the phrase intrinsically implies that white lives have always mattered; African Americans want the same regard for their humanity, dignity, and very existence that whites have always enjoyed.
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.
Terrence Fitzgerald: Take for example the current conservative darling, medically brilliant, and foreign policy and social commentator wag, Ben Carson who has recently inserted foot into mouth with his unapologetic comparison between rabid dogs and Syrian refugees.
Mark Naison: Being “white” was once a central feature of being American. Those who were able to become “white” had the fullest range of political rights and economic opportunities the rapidly expanding nation had to offer.
Terence Fitzgerald: The fact that millions of international and national adult women and children (males and females) are exploited, sold, kidnapped, raped, manipulated, at times branded like cattle, beaten, and emotionally scarred should be enough for us to be pursue vigilant activities toward eradicating the trade.
Peter Laarman: Almost nobody with a soapbox, and (sadly) none of our religious leaders, talks about broader GOP campaign to strangle what remains of the welfare state.
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 […]
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.