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Numbers Put the Lie to Our National Narrative

Growing economic stratification makes America’s promise of opportunity for all ring increasingly hollow.

By Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to (Not) Get Away with Being Out of Touch

The recent firestorm over a New York Times preview of television’s “How to Get Away With Murder” highlights the fact that pop culture now has the tools to take racial insensitivity to task.

By Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why Immigration Reform Is Good for All

Seven people from the United We Dream immigration reform group wait to be arrested Black Americans have no reason to fear job losses from the promised White House protections for undocumented immigrant families.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?

FergusonPerhaps the turmoil playing out in the Show Me State will serve to highlight the still unaddressed inequities hamstringing this nation and point a way forward for all of us.

By Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Correcting the Media’s Skewed Perspective

FergusonA hashtag campaign confronts the racial biases in the images we see and challenges the opinions we embrace of young, black Americans.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Racism Is Impossible to Prove, But History Provides Insight

ObamaAmid charges of racism and reverse racism, only time will tell how history will judge today’s political figures.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Millennial Voters Aren’t Conservatives in Waiting

Freedom Summer students listenThe political allegiance of young Americans will fall to the policies and politicians that embrace their worldview, not to outdated and meaningless historic trends.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Surprises of a Changing Nation

naturalization ceremony As the nation’s demographics continue to shift, Americans living in homogenous regions may be shocked as the racial and ethnic makeups of their communities change.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why Do We Have Gridlocked Government?

cloudy capitol domeBy refusing to live outside their comfort zones and to express empathy for their fellow citizens, Americans empower a minority of harsh voices—on both the right and the left—to strangle our shared sense of community.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Possibilities of a Changed Life

jailDesmond Meade’s story—and those of millions like him—should inspire us to question our policies about how formerly incarcerated people are treated when they return to society.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Moving Forward with ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

obama and kidsPICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign has embraced the White House’s charge to become our brothers’ keepers.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Good News: America Graduates Record Level of High School Students

Graduates at Joplin High SchoolEven for the one in five students who fail to earn a diploma, hope abounds for the future. By listening carefully to those who have fallen along the way, we will hear what it takes to help at-risk students stay the course toward finishing high school.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rethinking Affirmative Action

People walk on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.In her new book, law professor Sheryll Cashin considers the implications of location for education and race in 21st-century America.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Conundrum of White-Male Privilege

Invisible knapsack of privilege Those who possess life advantages rarely acknowledge that they have favored status, which makes them all the more unwilling to surrender their privilege without a fight.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Calling Foul Against Racism in the NBA

The swift reaction to the vile comments of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling highlights how professional sports organizations must respond to racism in the 21st century.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, April 29, 2014