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Race and Beyond

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

While 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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Remembering an Unheralded Champion of American Democracy

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why Does Racism Surprise Us?

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Diversity Is Coming to a Town Near You

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

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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When Words Are Used as Weapons

While 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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Driving Targeted Policies to Address the Wealth Gap

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

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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pop-Up Leadership and a New Generation of Protesting

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

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.

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