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George Takei: On this Remembrance Day, I hear terrible echoes of the past

<b>(CNN) —</b> I was just a child of 5 when soldiers marched up our driveway in a Los Angeles residential neighborhood, bayonets in hand, and pounded on our front door, ordering us out. We were permitted only what we could carry, no bedding, no pets.<p>I remember my mother's tears as she and our father …

George Takei

Dreams of My Muslim Son

LONG before I came to the United States, I was fascinated by the American electoral process. I grew up in Pakistan in the 1980s, during the brutally repressive military dictatorship of President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, when fear crushed hope.<p>Finding old copies of Time magazine in my school library, I …

Is It a Crime to Be Poor?

TULSA, Okla. — IN the 1830s, the civilized world began to close debtors’ prisons, recognizing them as barbaric and also silly: The one way to ensure that citizens cannot repay debts is to lock them up.<p>In the 21st century, the United States has reinstated a broad system of debtors’ prisons, in …

University of Washington

How psychology says you should respond to racism

Regardless of what we might call it, there are things that you can do when you witness behaviour such as this.<p>Goodes being booed while playing football is a very public case of "everyday racism".<p>Everyday racism is more normalised and less recognised than other more blatant forms of racism, such as …

Psychology

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Journalism

Redefining Racism In the 21st Century

Sixty years after the civil rights movement, it is clear that outlawing explicit racial discrimination has not closed most racial divides in our country. Terrible disparities continue in almost every arena of life. In most race conversations, two possible reasons for those disparities emerge. In …

Watch Toni Morrison Break Down Why Racism Is A White Problem

"Racism is a profound neurosis that nobody examines for what it is."<p>Toni Morrison is without a doubt one of the greatest novelists of all time, and one of the most profound thinkers on race and identity politics in America. Naturally, Morrison gets asked to share her thoughts on race all the time, …

Charlie Rose

College students confront subtler forms of bias: slights and snubs

USC junior Vanessa Diaz was raised in Dallas. But at a party two years ago, she was asked if she could speak English.<p>When Diaz became offended, the other student tried to pass off the question as a joke. But it did not amuse her, any more than the idea of Mexican-themed parties on Greek Row …

Higher Education

They’re mad for a reason: Campus activists are yelling because too many of us still won’t listen

<b>(AP/Jeff Roberson)</b><p>A misguided and obtuse attack on Yale students shows why their protests are still so necessary<p>Elias Isquith<p>November 11, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>I am not the first person to observe that the way mainstream America talks and thinks about its youth is disjointed, strange and rife with …

Apple Store accused of racism for kicking out black teens

An Apple Store in Australia has come under fire this week thanks to video footage of a store manager kicking six black school boys out of a store because security was worried they might steal something.<p>Footage of the incident at the Melbourne store hit the Internet on Tuesday, causing a an outcry …

Apple Store

Racism is so insidious, even black people underestimate it

There is a tendency to respond to racialized tragedies with a sudden effort at self-reflection – an attempt to quantify our collective attitudes on race for clues as to why, yet again, we must somehow make sense of the senseless killing of a black teenager. Of the numerous recent polls that measure …

The Middle Class and Working Poor's Lifelong Losing Game -- In 10 Slides

They say a picture's worth a thousand words. If that's true, the following 10 images could provide the lyrics for a thousand blues songs. The graphs are taken from series of recent reports which, when considered together, create a paint-by-numbers picture of the lifelong losing game faced by …

The Real Questions We Should Be Asking About #WhyIStayed

On September 8, 2014, TMZ leaked camera footage that showed American football running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée, now-wife Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. Since the video's release, Ray Rice's contract with the Baltimore Ravens has been terminated, and he has been indefinitely …

Even On The Water, Class Remains In Session

As Matt de le Pena's book, <i>The Living</i>, opens, a young man named Shy works as a towel boy by day and a water boy at night, spending his summer earning money on a cruise ship.<p>Then the big one hits — the epochal earthquake that Californians have always heard would strike one day — and 17-year-old Shy …

Social Media Campaign #FreeToWearPink Is Challenging Gender Stereotyping For Kids Everywhere

The idea that 'pink is for girls' and 'blue is for boys' is beyond frustrating - it's sexist, limiting and, quite frankly, ridiculous.<p>But thankfully …

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts in High School

A look at who takes the Advanced Placement computer science exam—and who doesn't<p>When people talk about how to diversify the tech field, a common solution is, "Start earlier." Rather than focus on getting women and minorities hired at tech startups or encouraging them to major in computer science in …

The NBA Finally Eliminated Racism... Unless You Count Native-Americans

If you think racism left professional sports with Donald Sterling, you're probably not looking close enough.<p>That's the message from All Def Digital, who dropped a video this week impaling the hypocrisy of punishing racism in professional sports. Using humor to lighten the message, the comedy sketch …

The Year in Racism

Many had hoped that when the United States elected a black man as president, it meant America was becoming a less racist nation.<p>Unfortunately, the election of Barack Obama as president six years ago actually seems to have had the opposite effect. The tables have turned so completely that 49 percent …

Michael Jordan Reveals Struggle With Racism In New Book Chronicling Legend's Life

Michael Jordan's name may be etched in history as the greatest basketball player of all time, but the sports legend had to overcome several challenges on his journey.<p>In a new book entitled "Michael Jordan: The Life," Jordan shared his struggle with racism growing up in a North Carolina community …

How Do Grandparents Affect Social Class?

In case you think that parents are a financial buffer between the generations before and after them, think again. A recent study found that the social class of grandparents does have a measurable influence on the social class of their grandchildren, no matter if the parents have moved up or down, …

When Class Became More Important to a Child's Education Than Race

In 1963, kids in the 10th percentile of income fell behind children in the upper echelon of wealth by about a year or so. Today, that gap is closer to four years.<p>On a weekday afternoon in July, Jessica Klaitman pulled her 16-month-old daughter Hannah out of a stroller in the lobby of the New York …

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Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act: A Brief History and Future of the Gender Wage Gap

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the <b>Equal Pay Act</b> into law — a historic bill that aimed to abolish wage discrimination on the basis of gender in an era when newspapers published separate job listings for men and women. It stated:<p>No employer having employees subject to any …

Do Kids Care If Their Parents Adhere to Traditional Gender Roles?

Probably not. They just want someone to be nurturing and someone to provide structure.<p>Tide<p>It's not often that a work-at-home father finds himself in the crossfire of opinion writers. Yet, in between Taylor Swift dance parties with my daughters, that's where I've spent part of this month, the …

Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes with Legos

Get ready to wake up because soon September ends. As will Breaking Bad. On the bright side, there’s plenty you can look forward to in the future. …

GoldieBlox Debate Highlights Play, Gender Issues

As the holiday shopping season heats up, so does the debate over GoldieBlox, the toy marketed to girls and promising to encourage them to develop "STEM," or "science, technology, engineering, math" interests in girls. The public conversation about the toy, which some parents love but others say are …

Once Gender Neutral, Sure Is Now Going For the Ladies

Remember Sure? Sure you do—well, maybe you do. Introduced in 1973, it became a household name in the ’80s with its “Raise your hand if you’re Sure” …