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Race and Beyond

The Conundrum of White-Male 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.

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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

P. Diddy Commences a Debate

Critics of Howard University’s choice of commencement speaker fail to see how his artistic and business successes have inspired a generation of Americans.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Challenges Remain in the Battle for Equal Rights

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it is important to note that we have not finished the fight for equality.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What Anita Hill’s Struggle Still Teaches Women About Equality

More than 20 years after the solitary law professor stood up for herself to give visibility and voice to women’s rights, the struggle for gender equality and fairness continues.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Of Bats, Gloves, and an All-In Nation

What America’s pastime can teach us about what it takes to achieve the American Dream of equal opportunity.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When BBQ Meets Diversity

How the simple act of sitting down to a traditional North Carolina meal highlighted the demographic shift that is changing the face and tastes of America.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In Pursuit of Equitable Change

When it comes to gentrification, doing the right thing requires finding common ground that thoughtfully considers the needs and concerns of new neighbors and long-time residents.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Presidential Effort to Help Black and Latino Youth

President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is a noble call to action, but structural changes in America are needed to improve opportunities for impoverished black and Latino boys.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Meaning of Race in a 21st Century America

As rapid demographic changes occur, Americans must understand—not fear—the inevitable changes to our society.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What Will Be the Political Discourse Post-Obama?

Fox News’ self-serving Super Bowl sit-down with the president highlighted the fractious nature of our politics that may well be a fixture well into the future.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Coming Together on Behalf of Unemployed Americans

Income inequality seems set to become the hot-button issue of the new year, as politicians and citizens alike turn their attention to the unemployed.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Remembering Nelson Mandela

The author’s personal encounter with Nelson Mandela showed the man’s quiet dignity and strength.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Working to Stay Poor

Corporations cheat the nation by refusing to pay living wages, condemning their workers to poverty, and requiring taxpayers to fill the gaps.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Is White Supremacy Making a Comeback?

White supremacy is probably not returning, as recent studies suggest white Americans are increasingly more progressive on matters of race, as those who long for a return to the nation’s racist past dwindle in number and political influence.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013