Charles Johnson

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The Neglected Story Of African Americans On D-Day

Official histories of D-Day have long excluded the contributions made by African Americans. Literature professor Alice Mills waded into the past to uncover these forgotten World War II heroes.<p>William Dabney could barely see the outline of the French coast as his landing vessel made an unsteady …

The Reality Of Dating White Women When You're Black

Why do I date white women? Black women have told me it's because I'm a sellout. The white men who can get past the mental anguish of my black penis tarnishing "their" women think I'm making some latent admission that their race has the most attractive women. White women range from those so …

'Mandela' Screenwriter Blames '12 Years A Slave' For Sucking 'Up All The Guilt About Black People'

Steve McQueen's film "12 Years a Slave" not only received incredible praise from moviegoers and film gurus, it also snagged an Academy Award for Best Picture. But not everyone was happy about the film's success.<p>William Nicholson, screenwriter for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," spoke out against …

Americans Can't Even Stomach An Apology For Slavery, Much Less Reparations

In a cover story in The Atlantic last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates built a powerful argument for the U.S. government making reparations to black Americans, not just for the impact of slavery but also for the generations of legalized (and in some cases legally mandated) discrimination that made it …

Biracial Woman Bravely Talks To KKK Members And Neo-Nazis To Confront Racism Face-To-Face

Most people would be afraid to confront a member of the Ku Klux Klan to talk about racism, but one filmmaker has made it her mission to do just that.<p>Mo Asumang, daughter of a black Ghanaian father and a white German mother, is literally challenging racism head on. In her documentary, The Aryans, …

7 Actual Facts That Prove White Privilege Exists in America

White privilege is a concept that far too many people misunderstand. These are the same people who argue that white privilege is made-up, that people of color and others who work to point out entrenched social injustice are just complainers.<p>People of color aren't unfairly discriminated against, the …

The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p>Read more on The Atlantic

60 Years After Brown v. BOE, Mostly White Reformers Try To Fix 'The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Generation'

Sixty years ago, the plight of Linda Brown, a third-grader who had to travel a mile by bus to her segregated black school even though there was a neighborhood school seven blocks from her home, became the symbol of America's racist underbelly.<p>Now, the very language that activists called upon to …

Bill O'Reilly Claims He's 'Exempt' From White Privilege Because He Was Kind Of Poor

Let it be known: Bill O'Reilly is exempt from white privilege.<p>Yes, the Fox News host said Wednesday night that the term, which he claimed is just a "code" for white supremacy, does not apply to him.<p>"I'm going to have to exempt myself under that white privilege banner," he said.<p>O'Reilly denied that …

U.S. Companies Often Assume Black Job Applicants Do Drugs

More than any other group, black job applicants are being turned away by U.S. companies under the implicit assumption that they are using illegal drugs, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).<p>The study’s author, University of Notre Dame economics …

Finally, 'Cosmos' Takes On Climate Change

<i>This story originally appeared in Mother Jones, and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>If you've been reading my semi-regular dispatches about the Fox and National Geographic series <i>Cosmos</i>—far and away the most rational show on television—then you know that for some time, …

Cliven Bundy: Are Black People 'Better Off As Slaves' Than 'Under Government Subsidy?'

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a tense standoff with federal rangers in a dispute over grazing rights, didn't hide his racism in an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday.<p>The Bureau of Land Management claims Bundy has let his cattle graze on federal land without …

11 Habits Of People Who Never Worry

Worry is, sadly, an inevitability of life. Bad things are bound to happen, and the natural human reaction is to think about the negative consequences that could potentially arise.<p>However, worry is rarely productive -- "it's something we do over and over again, without much resolution, and it's …

How It Feels When White Women Cross to the Other Side of the Street

I heard a comedian joke about how black men were once required to step aside when they crossed paths with white women on the street, but now it seems that white women are always the ones to cross the street when they pass us in public. I can relate to the experience of white women speeding up, …

Black Culture

Fox News Apologizes For Obamacare Graphic, Corrects Its 'Mistake'

Fox News apologized on Tuesday for a seriously misleading Obamacare graphic, saying it had made a "mistake."<p>Seemingly the entire Internet rapped the network over the knuckles when it aired this chart about Obamacare enrollment levels:<p>On Tuesday, host Bill Hemmer aired what he said was "what that …

Here Are Some Really Bad Obamacare Predictions

With news that the Affordable Care Act has hit 7 million sign-ups, it appears likely -- no matter how much some Republicans don't want to admit it -- that the law is on the road to success. Now seems like as good a time as any to revisit those past predictions of disaster. Below, some of the …

10 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Children

What do children know that adults seem to have forgotten? Children are more confident, more courageous and enjoy life far more intensely than adults. Sometimes it feels that we spend our entire lives trying to return to who we were as children. Here's what we can learn from our younger selves to …

Parenting

Five Historic Icons Who Had A Reputation For Being Racist

There are certain historic figures who we've idolized, placing them on the highest of pedestals in our minds and in our hearts. Their memories evoke a nostalgia inside of us or an intense respect for the contributions they've made to our society, and as far as we're concerned, they can do no …

Scientists Say Society Is Doomed, Though Not For Reason You Might Think

There's never been a shortage of doomsday scenarios. From the dreaded Mayan Apocalypse of 2012 (remember that?) to the havoc wreaked in the movie "The Day After Tomorrow," people have been predicting the end of civilization for as long as there has been a civilization.<p>The trouble is, they're …

9 Things You Didn't Know About American Prostitution

It might be the "world's oldest profession," but in many ways prostitution is a mystery -- especially in the United States, where the sex trade is one of the country's largest unregulated industries.<p>In an attempt to pull back the curtain on the business of sex, the Justice Department recently …

Few Black And Latino Students Were Admitted To New York City's Specialized Schools This Year

It seems New York City’s specialized schools continue to have a problem when it comes to admitting minority students.<p>According to city's Department of Education data released this week, of the 5,096 eighth graders offered a spot to one of New York City’s eight exam-based specialized high schools …

This Is What Ted Nugent And The KKK Have In Common

Several residents of Chesterfield County, Virginia have recently received fliers proclaiming members of the Ku Klux Klan are not "enemies of the colored and mongrel races," according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.<p>The fliers echo recent comments from rocker Ted Nugent calling President Barack Obama …

Watch This Doctor Totally School An Anti-Obamacare Senator On Health Care

)<p>Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, totally schooled Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on health care Tuesday.<p>Martin was in Washington D.C. to answer questions from a U.S. Senate subcommittee led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on different health care systems …

A Brief History Of White Actors Playing Native Americans

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rooney Mara has been tapped to play the Tiger Lily, a Native American princess, in Joe Wright's "Pan." This casting choice has been met with the backlash that Warner Bros. seemed to anticipate, as sources told Variety and other outlets that, "The world being …

Europeans' Light Skin Linked To Sexual Attraction, New Diet

Why do some humans have lighter skin than others? Researchers have long chalked up the difference to tens of thousands of years of evolution, with darker skin protecting those who live nearer to the equator from the sun’s intense radiation. But a new study of ancient DNA concludes that European …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Media Should Stop Giving Space To Climate Change And Science Deniers

Count everyone's favorite astronomer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, among the list of people who think the media should stop giving equal time to climate change deniers and their ilk.<p>The issue has been in the news recently, thanks to a rare flare-up of coverage of climate change. Some of that coverage was …

$1 Trillion Given To America’s Top 1%, But Damn Those 'Welfare Queens'

Democrat Says Republicans Would Support Abortion 'If Their Daughter Got Pregnant By A Black Man'

The debate in the Alabama statehouse over a controversial new abortion restriction veered into racial territory on Tuesday when a Democratic opponent claimed that his Republican colleagues would support abortion “if their daughter got pregnant by a black man."<p>The Birmingham News reported that Rep. …

Harkin: DOJ Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) took to the Senate floor Wednesday night to slam fellow senators for what he called their "shameful" vote to block the nomination of a respected civil rights lawyer to a top Justice Department post.<p>Harkin, who has a law degree, said the vote against Debo …

The Senate Decides Being A Lawyer Disqualifies You From Holding A Legal Post

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers hoping for a political appointment in the future, take note: the U.S. Senate is now judging attorneys based on their representation of politically unpopular clients.<p>In a move sure to rattle the legal community, a majority of senators voted Wednesday to block the confirmation …