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Sam Fulwood III Archives

Taking Down a Symbol of Hate

Confederate battle flagWhile removing the Confederate flag from outside the South Carolina State Capitol building is an appropriate and necessary response to recent events, is it enough to change Americans’ hearts?

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Curious Case of Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal protestThe social media frenzy around Rachel Dolezal exposes the fault lines of solidarity in the movement for racial justice.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In Trendsetting California, Grassroots Organizing Brings Progressive Change

minimum wage raiseCommunity organizers in California have secured important victories against austerity. Could this trend foretell a national movement?

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Exploring Our Unconscious Biases

Travelers walk down the halls at an airport.A test that measures implicit biases offers some surprises that inspire both self-reflection and uncertainty.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Choosing Our Words Carefully

Waco shooting news conferenceTwo recent events—the shootout in Waco, Texas, and the protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray—highlight how the media’s language choices differ based on race.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baltimore Underscores a Need to Rethink How We Address Poverty in the United States

A protester leads marchers in a chantAs Baltimore recovers from a week of tumult, what can we do as citizens to ensure that the unrest was the last of its kind?

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Video: The Roots of Baltimore’s Unrest

play_alt icon Video In this video column, Sam Fulwood III examines the underlying roots of the discontent in Baltimore, Ferguson, and dozens of other American communities.

by Andrew Satter and Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 30, 2015

An Ivy League Game of the Dozens

DysonLet black intellectuals debate their differences and settle their scores in wars of words.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Old School Love Recognizes the University of North Carolina’s Painful Past

Old Well UNCEven when it’s difficult to embrace, devotion to my alma mater demands learning and sharing its true history.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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