Racism

Philando Castile verdict and video serve as grim reminders: Black lives really don’t matter — and too many white people are silent or complicit

Nothing about the Castile verdict is surprising — but it points to enduring, uncomfortable truths about America<p>In America, driving while black can be a death sentence.<p>Last summer Philando Castile was driving his car in the suburb of Falcon Heights, outside St. Paul, Minnesota, when he was stopped …

Black Lives Matter

Sacrificing Black Lives for the American Lie

Why are police officers rarely charged for taking black lives, and when they are, why do juries rarely convict?<p>Many Americans asked this question when a Minnesota jury decided that Philando Castile was responsible for his own death and that the officer who shot him, Jeronimo Yanez, did nothing …

Opinion

A Presumption of Guilt

Late one night several years ago, I got out of my car on a dark midtown Atlanta street when a man standing fifteen feet away pointed a gun at me and …

Justice

President Trump's Deafening Silence on Lincoln Memorial White Nationalist Rally

The president must do more. He should go to the Lincoln Memorial and read aloud Lincoln’s affirmation of America’s most fundamental principle – “all men are created equal.”<p>The Lincoln Memorial, the scene of some of the most riveting and consequential moments in the history of our country’s civil …

New Jersey college professor fired in wake of heated Fox News interview

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor after officials say she made racially insensitive comments on Fox …

Denver

At Pride Events, Protests Claim Prejudice and Exclusion

Gay pride marches in New York City, San Francisco and in between this weekend will have plenty of participants — and also protests directed at them from other members of the LGBTQ community, speaking out against what they see as increasingly corporate pride celebrations that prioritize the …

LGBTQ

Google Search Is Doing Irreparable Harm To Muslims

A Dallas imam and his organization are taking on the world’s largest search engine to stop it from spreading hate.<p>Google asks its employees to “Do the right thing.” At least, that’s what its revised 2015 motto states in an upgrade from the original company maxim, “Don’t be evil.”<p>But when a user …

Google

‘The Bachelor’ Franchise Is Exploiting Race For Ratings

A racist suitor on the first black ‘Bachelorette’ and unfounded accusations of sexual assault against a black contestant on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ expose the series’ race issues.<p>I bailed on the second season of <i>UnReal</i> because the series, a loose satire of <i>The Bachelor</i> franchise, introduced a black …

TV

Shop owner can't remove Confederate flag

An ice cream shop owner in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a majority black town, is unable to remove a Confederate flag that flies over his business, but is located on land he doesn't own. CNN's Victor Blackwell reports.

Confederate Flag

In Memory Of The MS St. Louis

The passengers of the MS St. Louis were turned away in part because of a toxic, xenophobic ‘America First’ ideology that pervaded mainstream American life at the time.<p>In 1914, my Jewish grandfather arrived in the United States from Zhivatov, Ukraine, escaping antisemitic-fueled persecution and in …

America First

Halle Berry Says Doesn’t Want To Hear About 'Black Lives Matter' But She’s No Sell Out

Unlike some <i>other</i> celebs, Halle Berry did not embarrass herself when asked about the Movement for Black Lives. The recently pregnant-not-pregnant …

African-American News

Unitarian Universalists Denounce White Supremacy, Make Leadership Changes

The Unitarian Universalists are among the most liberal of all religious denominations in America. Activists have denounced what they see as white supremacy in the church and are changing leadership.

How the Fight Over Confederate Monuments Is Influencing Southern Politics

A Virginia candidate's surprisingly strong electoral performance after defending Confederate monuments could lead others to mimic him.

Robert E. Lee

Americanism Personified: Why Fascism Has Always Been an Inevitable Outcome of the American Project

Since the inevitability of American fascism is deeply rooted in both capitalism and white supremacy, any resistance against this fascist tide must be …

Fascism

Wesleyan's Students For An Undemocratic Society

A guy—a white guy—writes a column disagreeing with some BLM tactics. Debate? Not at Wesleyan. Now BLM radicals wantto shut the paper down.<p>Some students at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University think the campus newspaper is an unsafe space because it dared to criticize—in the mildest of terms—the Black …

Black Lives Matter

US Supreme Court ruling could open the floodgates for the trademarking of racial slurs

You may not have heard of Asian-American dance-rock band, The Slants, but you may soon be very aware of a troubling precedent set after they won a contentious legal victory in the US Supreme Court.<p>Founder and bass player, Simon Tam, first tried to register the band’s name as a trademark in 2011. It …

U.S. Supreme Court

Fortney: Racial slurs hurt all, but prompt some to action

She should be walking on air.<p>On Friday morning, though, the fresh memory of Michelle Thrush’s artistic high experienced at the National Arts Centre …

Canadian News

S.C. town says it can’t force group to pull Confederate flag

A South Carolina town says it can’t force a group to lower the Confederate flag, sparking a new debate and furor over the banner.<p>A restaurant owner …

Why are we so slow to call hate crimes for what they are?

Why have police so quickly dismissed the possibility that Nabra Hassanen’s murder was a hate crime?<p>For their own inscrutable reasons, Virginia law …

Crime

Most Of America’s Terrorists Are White, And Not Muslim

Right-wing terror is real, and it's a problem.<p>When it comes to domestic terrorism in America, the numbers don’t lie: Far-right extremists are behind far more plots and attacks than Islamist extremists.<p>There were almost twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist …

Right-wing Extremism

We Need to Discuss Cultural Appropriation at Pride Parades

"We’re not holding ourselves to the same standards that we expect of others."<p><i>Don't Do It, Girl is a Teen Vogue series on the damaging impact of cultural appropriation.</i><p>Every year, drones of people take to the streets of cities all across the world in rainbow tutus, tight swimsuits, tie-dye T-shirts, …

LGBTQ

Study: when it comes to detecting racial inequality, white Christians have a blind spot

They also perceive discrimination against LGBTQ people and immigrants far less than other Americans do.<p>How do Americans perceive the discrimination faced by its own minority groups? It depends on whom you ask.<p>The idea that certain groups misjudge the amount of discrimination that other groups …

Discrimination

Trump slashes grant money awarded by Obama to Chicago group combating white extremism

The Trump administration on Friday slashed $400,000 in federal funding for a Chicago group that is one of the few U.S. groups that combats white extremism but denied it is now focusing only on fighting radical Islamists.<p>A grant announcement by the Department of Homeland Security eliminated funding …

News

Rev. William Barber is building a new ‘moral movement’ to reach people on race

<b>HARI SREENIVASAN:</b> We hear a lot about how divided our country is along many lines: race, class and especially now our politics.<p>But in our next Race …

Race & Ethnicity

How a hipster reputation masked my hometown’s white hate for decades

I was born and raised in Portland’s Hollywood District, a relatively unremarkable neighborhood nestled into the city’s northeast quadrant. It’s where I wandered to the library, watched local parades, ordered comics and coffees and, when I got old enough, craft brews. Aside from the sparkling …

Big Ideas

These are the disastrous ways racism can affect people’s mental health

You’ve heard of post-traumatic stress disorder induced by war, sexual assault, or other disturbing events, but did you know that racism can have …

Psychology

The racial abuse I experienced the day after Brexit forced me to realise that I wasn’t white

A year ago today I sat down at a bar in South Kensington to enjoy a drink with my brother. As is British custom for a bright sunny day in June, we …

Race & Ethnicity

Wesleyan College Addresses KKK History

Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia is addressing how its history and traditions are entangled with the KKK.<p>In recent years, it's become almost commonplace for universities to publicly grapple with painful histories. Whether it's debating the modern-day appropriateness of using the term "master" to …

College & University

How soon will the alt-right win an election? Neo-Confederate Corey Stewart came shockingly close in Virginia

Despite recent attention to left-wing extremism, the alt right is much closer to gaining political power<p>Last week’s shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority whip, has focused some media attention on the relatively unfamiliar phenomenon of left-wing extremism. But other recent …

Liberal POV

The Slants on the Power of Repurposing a Slur

My first real lesson on the power of language was at the age of 11.<p>On the basketball courts at school in San Diego, I was tormented by other students. They’d throw balls, punches, rocks and insults, while yelling “gook” and “Jap.” One day, I had enough. I threw back, “I’m a chink, get it …

Opinion