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Race and Beyond

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.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

America’s Dearth of Open-Mindedness

Our 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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Is Trouble in Ferguson a Design Failure of its Government Structure?

The chaos in Missouri is not the fault of any single individual but rather that of its racial history and failed system of convoluted bureaucratic governance.

Friday, November 21, 2014

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

When 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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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

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

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.

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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why Immigration Reform Is Good for All

Black Americans have no reason to fear job losses from the promised White House protections for undocumented immigrant families.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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

Perhaps 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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Correcting the Media’s Skewed Perspective

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Are (Black) Female Academics Ignored?

The anthropologist who coined the phrase “the burden of acting white” argues that male experts have misunderstood her work as she’s been overlooked in the public debate over her research.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Racism Is Impossible to Prove, But History Provides Insight

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Millennial Voters Aren’t Conservatives in Waiting

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political allegiance of young Americans will fall to the policies and politicians that embrace their worldview, not to outdated and meaningless historic trends.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Surprises of a Changing Nation

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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why Do We Have Gridlocked Government?

By 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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014