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Sam Fulwood III Archives

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

Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote

voting boothsWhen voters who are young, minorities, or low income are excluded from the national conversation, it is no wonder that they do not make it out to the polls on Election Day.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, November 6, 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

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