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Sam Fulwood III Archives

Starbucks’ Scribblings Can’t Induce Public to ‘Race Together’

Starbucks Race TogetherWhile the coffee giant’s widely mocked racial discussion may have been well intentioned, it failed to overcome the usual obstacles to discussing race in America.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Remembering an Unheralded Champion of American Democracy

Curtis GansPolitical scientist and voting rights advocate Curtis Gans passed away last weekend, but his life’s work must continue.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why Does Racism Surprise Us?

Oklahoma video rallyThe recently revealed racist video filmed at a University of Oklahoma fraternity event is simply a reflection of America’s larger societal problems.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Diversity Is Coming to a Town Near You

diverse children pledge of allegianceA new Center for American Progress report considers America’s race and ethnic shift and the far-reaching policy implications of this demographic change.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When it Comes to Teaching History, There Are Lessons for All to Learn

Conservative efforts to whitewash the history taught in our schools not only harms students but also dishonors and degrades the great American story.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When Words Are Used as Weapons

Rush LimbaughWhile the importance of free speech cannot be understated, the amount of negativity we observe and consume on a daily basis threatens to undermine the quality of civic life.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Driving Targeted Policies to Address the Wealth Gap

Downtown Danville, IllinoisTargeting economic policies at the state rather than the federal level may produce more tangible assistance for struggling communities of color.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, February 5, 2015

When White Folks Catch a Cold, Black Folks Get Pneumonia

Racial disparities in the economic circumstances of black and white middle-class families point toward institutional racism.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pop-Up Leadership and a New Generation of Protesting

Eric Garner protestorsA new generation of civil rights leaders is emerging and using 21st century social activism to bridge ancient divides of race, class, and gender.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stuart Scott, a Television Pioneer, Remembered

Stuart Scott wasn’t just a transformative figure in the world of sports broadcasting—he was also a magnanimous human being and a good brother.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, January 8, 2015

America’s Dearth of Open-Mindedness

St. Louis muralOur slide into a so-called “opinion nation” has made it nearly impossible to find common ground, which will become increasingly necessary as the country becomes more diverse.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

U.S. Ebola Hysteria Is the Wrong Response to the Epidemic

Ebola hospital Irrational fears about the Ebola virus are leading to discrimination and ostracism of Africans in the United States.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, October 23, 2014

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