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White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement

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America’s white fragility complex: Why white people get so defensive about their privilege

<b>Bill O'Reilly (Fox News)</b><p>The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” on Black Lives Matter and our biggest misconceptions about racism<p>Sam Adler-Bell<p>March 17, 2015 8:20pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one.<p>Last year, a white male Princeton …

White Fragility Is Racial Violence

I think it's weird that I'm writing this post.<p>Everything I'm going to say has already been said, better and with frequency by people of color. But it seems like when it comes to racism (just like men re: feminism) white people need to hear it from other white people.<p>So let me state this plainly. …

Race & Ethnicity

Members of CBC Among Democrats Supporting Bill That Legalizes Racial Discrimination in Auto Lending

by Yvette CarnellA total of 88 Democrats joined Republicans in supporting a bill that allows car dealers to racially discriminate against minorities. …

White Student Unions Are Proving Black Student Protesters Right

Racism is still alive and well on college campuses.<p>Since black students at the University of Missouri began protesting the lack of administrative responses to racial tensions on campus, Facebook pages touting “white student unions” have appeared in affiliation with over 30 campuses, including New …

Black Students

White men are the face of terror: Race, Donald Trump, Fox News and the real story of the Minneapolis #blacklivesmatter shooting

<b>Donald Trump (AP)</b><p>The shooting in Minneapolis probably won’t slow down conservative hysteria over BLM protesters and immigrants<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 24, 2015 4:26pm (UTC)<p>With the daily trickle of news about racist incidents around the country, it was probably just a matter of time, in our …

A Guide to White Privilege For White People Who Think They've Never Had Any

I can relate to you. You are usually the white person who grew up poor, often living a marginalized existence, who overcame economic barriers to achieve a modicum of success as an adult. Sometimes, you knew a lot of other Black or Latino poor people and you compare yourself and your outcomes to …

15 Photos That Prove We Can Experience Spirituality Anywhere

The divine has many faces.<p>People experience their spirituality in diverse and abundant places. Awe, wonder and the feeling of connectedness can crop up when we least expect it.<p>To highlight that diversity and honor the many ways people experience spirituality, we asked The Huffington Post newsroom …

Los Angeles

Born that way? ‘Scientific’ racism is creeping back into our thinking. Here’s what to watch out for.

By W. Carson Byrd and<p>Matthew W. Hughey<p>This month, Jennifer Cramblett lost her “wrongful birth” lawsuit, which centered on a troubling ideology that has been creeping into mainstream discussions in ways not seen in decades. Cramblett claimed that the sperm used to inseminate her came from the wrong …

African-American News

Documentary 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' illuminates past and present

Among the most enduring images of the tumultuous era of the 1960s and '70s remain those of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. With their mix of media-savvy image-making and revolutionary rhetoric, they are now widely seen as symbols of resistance and defiance.<p>Yet the Panthers have also …

Black Panther Party

Video of US police shooting black man in wheelchair sparks outrage

Mobile phone footage of incident in Delaware shows an officer firing at Jeremy McDole while he was sitting in a wheelchair in broad daylight.<p>Video purportedly showing police officers fatally shooting a black man in a wheelchair has sparked controversy in the United States.<p>The mobile phone footage …

Offerings: Deep wisdom from Buddhist master Thrangu Rinpoche

I’m drawn to the philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism, which inspired my new book <i>Back Over the Mountains: A Journey to the Buddha Within.</i> For the past …

A New American Socialism

Writing in <i>The Nation</i> magazine, Eric Alterman recently celebrated the fact that "economic inequality has finally risen to the top of the list of most Americans' concerns." Citing recent polls, he reports that more than 2/3 of respondents think our economic system favors the rich, and more than 80 …

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Elizabeth Warren Goes All In On Black Lives Matter

Warren spoke out against police violence and voting restrictions, as well as persistent economic discrimination.<p>WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday forcefully called for a renewed focus on the fight for racial justice, arguing that “we have not made enough progress” since the …

Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, and Malala Yousafzai Unite to Push for Girls' Education

Women and girls took center stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Saturday night, with Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and Nobel Peace …

The Real History of Black Native Americans

<i>*Editor’s note: A prior title of this piece included a playful reference to African Americans erroneously claiming to have ‘Indian in their family’.</i> …

Want to Keep an Aging Brain Sharp? Try the Stairs

Aging Americans looking to maintain a healthy brain may want to switch from elevators to stairs, new research suggests.<p>Fitness seemed key to sharper …

The Brain

Our forgotten slavery horror: The shameful, untold history of America and the Cuban slave trade

As Cuba opens, it’s time to recognize our proxy role in Cuba’s slave trade, and the Monroe Doctrine’s real purpose<p>Stephen Chambers<p>September 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>From the streets of Ferguson to the South Carolina statehouse, the legacy of slavery in the United States has taken on a new urgency in …

The casual racism of our most popular dating apps

Sites like Tinder and Grindr are littered with racial preferences and worse. Why are we so ready to let them slide?<p>Carrie Weisman<p>September 28, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If you don’t have enough jerks in your life, sign up for an online dating app. It will only …

Ben Carson’s great betrayal: How he ignores history in favor of the Republican Party

<b>(AP/Carlos Osorio)</b><p>The Republican presidential candidate propounds a pernicious view of America. Here’s what’s at stake<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>September 27, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>The Black Freedom Struggle began in America when the first Africans were brought to Florida in 1581. It continued onward through …

America’s racial divides are so deep, we can’t even agree what the Civil War was about

By Janell Ross<p>Janell Ross<p>Reporter covering race along with the social and political implications of the nation's rapidly changing demographics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Black and white Americans don't agree on a whole raft of social issues. This is not a newsflash.<p>But this much should give us all some pause: …

Black Lives Matter

Society’s elite don’t want to pay too much for equality, study suggests

The well-educated and wealthy prefer giving to others when it is cheap and benefits everyone<p>America's well-educated and wealthy elite don’t like giving their money to others — unless sacrificing a small amount creates a big payoff for someone else, a study published in <i>Science</i> suggests. Otherwise, …

Why We’re Still Talking About Diversity

Diversity is the hot topic in Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large these days. Today at Disrupt SF 2015, TechCrunch former Co-Editor Alexia Tsotsis took the stage to lead a discussion on diversity with Pinterest Engineer Tracy Chou (who got tech companies to release their diversity data), …

Stop Calling Kids "Child Prostitutes"

"This picture was taken around the time of my 17th birthday. What it does not tell you is that from the ages of 10 to 17, I was sexually exploited throughout the western United States, charged with solicitation and prostitution, and jailed as if I was a criminal.<p>I was not a child prostitute or …

Trevor Noah on “Daily Show” diversity, P.C. outrage and racism: “America suffers from a level of institutionalized racial segregation”

<b>Trevor Noah (AP/Matt Sayles)</b><p>The future “Daily Show” host spoke about his plans for the show when it premieres September 28<p>Anna Silman<p>September 22, 2015 5:08pm (UTC)<p>Trevor Noah finally takes over "The Daily Show" on September 28th, and with every pre-air interview he grants, we learn more about the …