Race and Beyond

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Trump’s Avoidance of Black Press Reveals Tense Relations
White House Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, right, walks past President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 2017. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Trump’s Avoidance of Black Press Reveals Tense Relations

In the black press’ dealings with the new administration, as throughout its history, it struggles for respect from public officials while pressing for responses to readers’ concerns.

Paul Delaney

Stop Playing Politics with People’s Lives
A University of Maryland Medical Center infection control specialist inspects the catheter on a shock trauma center patient on November 17, 2010, in Baltimore. (AP/Rob Carr)
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Stop Playing Politics with People’s Lives

We need a health care system that delivers care with compassion and guards the right to affordable, effective health care.

Taison Bell

Reproductive Justice Beyond Biology
A woman walks on a street in Baltimore, February 6, 2012. (AP/Patrick Semansky)
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Reproductive Justice Beyond Biology

Loretta J. Ross on the need for a more comprehensive understanding of how public policies affecting a woman’s autonomy over her body have implications beyond just issues of birth control, abortion, and sterilization.

Loretta J. Ross

A Black History Lesson for the Ages
President Donald Trump meets with leaders of historically black colleges and universities in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 27, 2017. ((AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais))
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A Black History Lesson for the Ages

A group of HBCU presidents failed to share their history of struggle with the president but endured grossly out-of-touch remarks from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and an embarrassing photo op as Black History Month ends.

Sam Fulwood III

Bending Toward Justice
People walk past a mural of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Katlehong, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2015. ((AP/Themba Hadebe))
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Bending Toward Justice

The rise of Donald Trump possesses parallels to apartheid South Africa—but the best course of action in the face of dangerous political setbacks is to stand in unwavering opposition at every turn.

Sam Fulwood III

The Ambitious Activism of Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on July 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP/Rich Fury)
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The Ambitious Activism of Debbie Allen

At a recent CAP event, award-winning entertainer Debbie Allen discussed her latest project, “Freeze Frame,” and her hope that it will lead to action in the fight against gun violence.

Sam Fulwood III

Where Are the Gifted and Talented Black Students?
High school students attend a statistics class at Westlake High School in Atlanta, on June 13, 2013. (AP/Jaime Henry-White)
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Where Are the Gifted and Talented Black Students?

Social and institutional barriers are keeping African American students from the ranks of gifted and talented programs.

Naomi Kellogg

Hate and Discrimination in the Wake of September 11
The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline on September 10, 2016, in New York. (AP/Mark Lennihan)
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Hate and Discrimination in the Wake of September 11

The association of Muslims with terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks continues to affect the nation in myriad ways.

Anumita Kaur

Why Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Matters
A Georgia Department of Labor services specialist helps a woman with a job search at an unemployment office in Atlanta on March 3, 2016. (AP/David Goldman)
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Why Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Matters

Wage equality is a key issue for Millennials. But for young black women, it is not only a concern, it is a determining factor in their quality of life.

Gabrielle Bozarth, Naomi Kellogg

Police Gone Wild
Police advance toward protestors as a store burns following the funeral of Freddie Gray on April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP/Patrick Semansky)
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Police Gone Wild

The U.S. Department of Justice’s report on Baltimore chronicles yet another police department that routinely abused its power and violated the civil rights of African Americans.

Sam Fulwood III

When Words Fail Us
Protesters link arms as they block an intersection in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta during a march against the recent police shootings of African Americans on Monday, July 11, 2016. (AP/David Goldman)
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When Words Fail Us

Practical policy reforms—not just more conversation—are needed to address the recent violence between police and the African American community.

Sam Fulwood III

The Greatest of All Time
Muhammad Ali peers over a copy of his autobiography,
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The Greatest of All Time

Muhammad Ali stood 6 feet 3 inches with a 78-inch reach—but that is only the tale of the tape. In truth, his reach was immeasurable.

Sam Fulwood III

In Response to the Unknown and Faceless
Trolls come out from their dark, hidden spaces to write all sorts of nasty comments that they dare not say in public or in polite company.
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In Response to the Unknown and Faceless

A recent “Race and Beyond” column about Pat Buchanan got the attention of readers from all corners of the Internet, and many of the responses, while negative, are nonetheless eye-opening.

Sam Fulwood III

When Home Disappears
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks at the Center for American Progress on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (CAP)
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When Home Disappears

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hopes to build a transportation system that works for everyone.

Sam Fulwood III

When Public Figures Normalize Hate
Muslim women pray outside the White House on February 13, 2015, after the murder of three young North Carolina Muslims. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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When Public Figures Normalize Hate

When public figures use their platforms for hate speech, they become responsible for normalizing feelings of bigotry that can lead to hate crimes against innocent individuals.

Sanam Malik

Protecting America from Racism in the Water
In this February 3, 2015, photo, Lemott Thomas carries free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. (AP/Paul Sancya)
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Protecting America from Racism in the Water

The Flint water crisis highlights the continuing disparities that people of color face in finding access to fair housing and healthy communities.

Danyelle Solomon, Tracey Ross

Why #OscarsSoWhite Matters
John Krasinski, left, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Award nominations for best performance by an actor in a leading role on January 14, 2016. (AP/Chris Pizzello)
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Why #OscarsSoWhite Matters

The film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.

Sam Fulwood III

On Hope, Change, and Having Kids
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (AP/Evan Vucci)
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On Hope, Change, and Having Kids

While some of the optimism surrounding President Barack Obama’s election remains, he is leaving office in a less hopeful climate than when he entered.

Claire Markham

Saving the Best for Last
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Januray 12, 2016. (AP/Evan Vucci)
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Saving the Best for Last

President Obama’s final State of the Union address challenged voters to do the hard work of fulfilling the American promise.

Sam Fulwood III

When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social Challenge
Students cheer following the resignation of University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe in Columbia, Missouri, on November 9, 2015. (AP/Jeff Roberson)
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When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social Challenge

Recent high-profile incidents of racism on U.S. college campuses highlight long-term realities for students of color and help reframe the purpose of higher education in the face of demographic shifts.

Sam Fulwood III

The Myth of Police Reluctance
Protesters kneel down with their hands up in front of police officers in Los Angeles, California, on November 26, 2014. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)
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The Myth of Police Reluctance

Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence to suggest that the “Hands Up” movement has caused the police to stand down.

Sam Fulwood III

Putin Should Not Throw Stones
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 28, 2015. (AP/Mary Altaffer)
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Putin Should Not Throw Stones

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent comments about the unrest in Ferguson highlight why the United States must work to address its own shortcomings as it promotes democracy abroad.

Sam Fulwood III

The ‘Clock Kid’ Incident Is a Small Part of a Bigger Problem
Ahmed Mohamed and his father thank supporters during a news conference in Irving, Texas. Ahmed was arrested last week after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. (AP/Brandon Wade)
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The ‘Clock Kid’ Incident Is a Small Part of a Bigger Problem

The recent experience of Muslim American high school student Ahmed Mohamed sheds light on the much bigger issue of Islamophobia in the United States today.

Sanam Malik

White Privilege in the Age of Ferguson
Protesters march to the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse on August 10, 2015, in St. Louis, Missouri. (AP)
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White Privilege in the Age of Ferguson

One year after Michael Brown’s death, white allies must move past simply acknowledging their privilege and instead focus their energy on true anti-racist action.

Meredith Lukow

Remembering Oak Creek
People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. (AP/Tom Lynn)
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Remembering Oak Creek

The three-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, highlights the resilience, unity, and positivity of this often misunderstood religious community.

Anisha Singh

Expanding Protections for LGBT People Strengthens Protections for Us All
People celebrate Pride Month at NYC Pride, June 28, 2015, in New York. (AP/Jason DeCrow)
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Expanding Protections for LGBT People Strengthens Protections for Us All

New legislation to amend existing federal nondiscrimination laws to expressly include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans will fortify and further protect the freedoms and rights of all Americans.

Laura E. Durso, Sarah McBride

Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby—Fallen Heroes?
Gregory Peck is shown as attorney Atticus Finch in a scene from the 1962 movie
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Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby—Fallen Heroes?

The world that real and imaginary celebrities occupy is a messy and complex place. Heroes have no place to hide their shortcomings in the age of social media and diminished personal secrets.

Sam Fulwood III

Examining White Privilege
A statue memorializing the Confederacy spray-painted with the message
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Examining White Privilege

A conversation with scholar Peggy McIntosh helps shed light on how public awareness of the benefits of being born white has evolved over the years.

Sam Fulwood III

Taking Down a Symbol of Hate
A group called
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Taking Down a Symbol of Hate

While 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?

Sam Fulwood III

Progressive Groups Must Reflect the Ideals They Champion
People take part in a candlelight vigil in Ferguson, Missouri, March 12, 2015. (AP/Jeff Roberson)
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Progressive Groups Must Reflect the Ideals They Champion

Progressive organizations need diverse leaders and staffs from the communities that they support if they are to accomplish their ambitious goals. A more just management structure can help us get there.

Sarah Audelo

Choosing Our Words Carefully
Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton addresses the media as law enforcement continues to investigate the motorcycle gang related shooting on May 18, 2015, at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. (AP/Jerry Larson)
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Choosing Our Words Carefully

Two 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.

Sam Fulwood III

The Roots of Baltimore’s Unrest
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The Roots of Baltimore’s Unrest

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

Andrew Satter, Sam Fulwood III

Why Does Racism Surprise Us?
University of Oklahoma students march to the now-closed Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally on March 10, 2015. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)
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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.

Sam Fulwood III

Diversity Is Coming to a Town Near You
Children in a prekindergarten class recite the pledge of allegiance at the start of the school day in Tacoma, Washington. (AP/Ted Warren)
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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.

Sam Fulwood III

When Words Are Used as Weapons
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh talks with other guests at a White House event on January 13, 2009. (AP/Ron Edmonds)
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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.

Sam Fulwood III

America’s Dearth of Open-Mindedness
People walk by a mural on a boarded-up business on November 25, 2014, in south St. Louis, Missouri. (AP/Jeff Roberson)
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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.

Sam Fulwood III

How to (Not) Get Away with Being Out of Touch
Shonda Rhimes arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Third Annual Television Academy Honors in Beverly Hills, California, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. (AP/Chris Pizzello)
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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.

Sam Fulwood III

Are (Black) Female Academics Ignored?
A teacher keeps an eye on children playing at Magical Beginnings Learning Academy in Middleton, Massachusetts, May 2020. (Getty/The Boston Globe/John Tlumacki)
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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.

Signithia Fordham

The Surprises of a Changing Nation
Eduardo Simenta of Mexico, raises his hand as he recites the Oath of Allegiance at a Naturalization Ceremony in Oklahoma City. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)
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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.

Sam Fulwood III

Why Do We Have Gridlocked Government?
Dark clouds surround the Capitol dome on Capitol Hill. (AP/Alex Brandon)
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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.

Sam Fulwood III

The Possibilities of a Changed Life
A prisoner sits in the yard of the state prison in Jackson, Georgia. (AP/David Goldman)
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The Possibilities of a Changed Life

Desmond 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.

Sam Fulwood III

Good News: America Graduates Record Level of High School Students
Graduates from Joplin High School listen to speakers during commencement ceremonies in Joplin, MO in May 2012. (AP/Charlie Riedel)
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Good News: America Graduates Record Level of High School Students

Even for the one in five students who fail to earn a diploma, hope abounds for the future. By listening carefully to those who have fallen along the way, we will hear what it takes to help at-risk students stay the course toward finishing high school.

Sam Fulwood III

Rethinking Affirmative Action
People walk on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Rethinking Affirmative Action

In her new book, law professor Sheryll Cashin considers the implications of location for education and race in 21st-century America.

Sam Fulwood III

The Conundrum of White-Male Privilege
Peggy McIntosh coined the phrase “invisible knapsack” as a metaphor for the benefits white Americans disproportionately carry compared with black and other Americans of color. (Flickr/spyker3292)
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The Conundrum of White-Male Privilege

Those who possess life advantages rarely acknowledge that they have favored status, which makes them all the more unwilling to surrender their privilege without a fight.

Sam Fulwood III

Calling Foul Against Racism in the NBA
Los Angeles Clippers players listen to the national anthem wearing their warmup jerseys inside out to protest alleged racial remarks by team owner Donald Sterling before Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, California. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Calling Foul Against Racism in the NBA

The swift reaction to the vile comments of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling highlights how professional sports organizations must respond to racism in the 21st century.

Sam Fulwood III

P. Diddy Commences a Debate
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P. Diddy Commences a Debate

Critics of Howard University’s choice of commencement speaker fail to see how his artistic and business successes have inspired a generation of Americans.

Devon Rollins

When BBQ Meets Diversity
Spectators watch a musical performance at the Fiesta del Pueblo festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. (AP/Jim R. Bounds)
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When BBQ Meets Diversity

How the simple act of sitting down to a traditional North Carolina meal highlighted the demographic shift that is changing the face and tastes of America.

Sam Fulwood III

In Pursuit of Equitable Change
This residential Brooklyn neighborhood is the site of the proposed $4 billion Atlantic Yards project, which some residents fear will destroy the neighborhood, while others welcome the change and hope it will bring long-awaited gentrification to the area. (AP/Kathy Willens)
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In Pursuit of Equitable Change

When it comes to gentrification, doing the right thing requires finding common ground that thoughtfully considers the needs and concerns of new neighbors and long-time residents.

Sam Fulwood III

A Presidential Effort to Help Black and Latino Youth
Joined at the White House by young men of color, President Barack Obama promotes his
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A Presidential Effort to Help Black and Latino Youth

President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is a noble call to action, but structural changes in America are needed to improve opportunities for impoverished black and Latino boys.

Sam Fulwood III

Working to Stay Poor
A person making $7.50 an hour—25 percent more than the federal minimum wage, or about $1,200 a month in pre-tax income—gets by only with help from family, friends, or some sort of publicly supported assistance. (iStockphoto)
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Working to Stay Poor

Corporations cheat the nation by refusing to pay living wages, condemning their workers to poverty, and requiring taxpayers to fill the gaps.

Ianta Summers

Is White Supremacy Making a Comeback?
Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio celebrates with son Dante, daughter Chiara, and wife, Chirlane, after he was elected the first Democratic mayor of New York City in 20 years. (AP/Kathy Willens)
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Is White Supremacy Making a Comeback?

White supremacy is probably not returning, as recent studies suggest white Americans are increasingly more progressive on matters of race, as those who long for a return to the nation’s racist past dwindle in number and political influence.

Sam Fulwood III

Hard-Right Americans Fear the Future
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, shakes hands with Bill O'Reilly after his interview for O'Reilly's Fox News program
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Hard-Right Americans Fear the Future

Conservative voters’ refusal to embrace a diverse and multicultural America has led to a temper tantrum that threatens to bring the nation’s economy to a halt.

Sam Fulwood III

Marissa Alexander Stands Her Ground
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Marissa Alexander Stands Her Ground

George Zimmerman used Stand Your Ground laws to evade arrest. Marissa Alexander defended herself from her husband, used Stand Your Ground, and was convicted anyway. Why?

Sam Fulwood III

How to Fix College Sports
Athlete, singer, and political activist Paul Robeson testifies before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in Washington, June 12, 1956. (AP/Bill Achatz)
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How to Fix College Sports

Moneyed interests and a lack of respect and historical understanding are ruining college sports—but not irretrievably.

Sam Fulwood III

It’s Time to Go ‘All In’
Jonadad Luque reads to his daughter, Jarlin, 5, in their home in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP/Mark Humphrey)
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It’s Time to Go ‘All In’

We must embrace the increasing diversity of our nation and put all of our people’s interests at the forefront of our national agenda.

Sam Fulwood III

Witness to Whiteness
Nora Howell explores the construct of
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Witness to Whiteness

A performance artist explores her life to discover and reveal what it feels like to be white in America.

Sam Fulwood III

Cereal Ad Gives Us All Something to Chew On
Boxes of Cheerios cereal are displayed at a Little Rock, Arkansas, grocery store. (AP/Danny Johnston)
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Cereal Ad Gives Us All Something to Chew On

While an ad campaign featuring an interracial couple and their mixed-race daughter upset a few, today’s modern American family mirrors the country’s fast-changing identity.

Sam Fulwood III

The American Media Diet
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about his trip to the Middle East during a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sunday, June 30, 2013. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The American Media Diet

Our knowledge of foreign affairs is dismal compared to other countries, but if we are going to remain leaders of an interconnected world, we can’t continue to lag behind.

Sam Fulwood III

Let’s Agree to Disagree
Roland Martin arrives at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, February 1, 2013. Martin's recent removal from CNN's lineup of contracted pundits sparked an online debate. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Let’s Agree to Disagree

We should embrace opposition to our ideas and opinions instead of fiercely opposing it and taking sides, as Michael Fauntroy and Roland Martin recently did in a Twitter debate.

Sam Fulwood III

Fixing the GOP
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his Capitol office in Washington, Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Fixing the GOP

Saving the Republican Party will require some radical and fundamental changes, but preventing the party’s demise isn’t an impossible task.

Sam Fulwood III

What Does the Facebook Generation Think About Racism?
Actor Forest Whitaker speaks in Paris, February 7, 2012. (AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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What Does the Facebook Generation Think About Racism?

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s recent New York Times op-ed has sparked an important conversation about race matters in our nation—and it may help to inspire more vigilance among Americans of the younger generation.

Sam Fulwood III

Lift Every Voice
Harry Belafonte walks onstage to accept the Spingarn award at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, February 1, 2013. (AP/Matt Sayles)
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Lift Every Voice

Entertainment and civil rights icon Harry Belafonte challenges black celebrities and the African American community to become much more vocal in the discourse surrounding America’s gun violence crisis.

Sam Fulwood III

1963 Can Still Teach Us Something
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1963 Can Still Teach Us Something

America’s civil rights history and the progress we’ve made as a nation since that era must serve as a beacon to solving challenges going forward.

Sam Fulwood III

Planned Cable Reality Show Hit with Protest
Shawty Lo performs at the 21st annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, June 23, 2008. (AP/Matt Sayles)
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Planned Cable Reality Show Hit with Protest

Backlash against a controversial Oxygen-network program filled with offensive stereotypes will keep it off the air, but Sam Fulwood III wonders what the show’s producers were thinking in the first place.

Sam Fulwood III

Secession Isn’t the Answer
Flags adorn graves in the Southern soldiers ground in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. A controversial new book by Chuck Thompson suggests that Southern and Northern Americans can't live with each other, and therefore the South ought to secede from the North. (AP/Bruce Smith)
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Secession Isn’t the Answer

Sam Fulwood III examines the evolving state of American race relations and what that means for the sociopolitical environment of the South.

Sam Fulwood III

Fighting Fatherlessness
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Fighting Fatherlessness

Sam Fulwood III looks at a new book that hopes to spur a wider public conversation about the role of fathers in their families and in the larger American community.

Sam Fulwood III

What Do the Poor Deserve?
Since former President Ronald Reagan first used the term welfare queen, the perception that most people in public housing are living the lush life has persisted, causing public outrage at a recent image of a boy in a poor New Orleans neighborhood using an iPad. (AP/Scott Stewart)
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What Do the Poor Deserve?

Sam Fulwood III examines how outrage over a recent photo in The Times-Picayune reflects the contempt that some people silently harbor toward the poor.

Sam Fulwood III

How Important Is Your Vote?
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann holds a postcard to help identify voters in need of a state-government-issued ID card. More than two dozen states have some form of ID requirement to vote, and 11 of those passed new rules over the past two years largely at the urging of Republicans who say they want to prevent fraud. (AP/Rogelio V. Solis)
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How Important Is Your Vote?

Sam Fulwood III explores whether forces beyond the casting of votes can actually determine who gets elected president of the United States.

Sam Fulwood III

The Black in the Rainbow
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, above, issued a statement in support of marriage equality shortly after President Obama's announcement. But the association has long supported equal rights for gay and transgender Americans. (AP/Brian Witte)
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The Black in the Rainbow

Sam Fulwood III learns at this week’s NAACP conference that the association is a longtime advocate for equal rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans.

Sam Fulwood III

The Death of Affirmative Action
New Haven, Connecticut, firefighter Ben Vargas testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 16, 2009. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member Peter Kirsanow is at right. Vargas and other firefighters in New Haven were plaintiffs in <i>Ricci vs. DeStefano</i>, the reverse discrimination lawsuit that was overturned by the Supreme Court in their favor. (AP/Charles Dharapak)
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The Death of Affirmative Action

Sam Fulwood III argues that America’s colleges and workplaces will still foster racial and ethnic diversity, but by different methods.

Sam Fulwood III

Selma to Montgomery, Then and Now
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Selma to Montgomery, Then and Now

Sam Fulwood III explores the anniversary celebrations of “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, which this year will feature Latino rights activists, too.

Sam Fulwood III

What Linsanity Reveals About Our Nation
Jeremy Lin came out of nowhere to turn the New York Knicks' season around, but the conversation about his unlikely rise to fame has often included a racial component.  (AP/ Kathy Knomicek)
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What Linsanity Reveals About Our Nation

The racially tinged headlines and tweets about basketball sensation Jeremy Lin are a reflection of our country’s discomfort with its growing diversity, says Sam Fulwood III.

Sam Fulwood III

Are Americans in Denial About Inequality?
Occupy Wall Street protestors march in New York City near Zuccotti Park in October 2011. Occupy Wall Street began as a movement to expose the growing class stratification in America. (AP/Craig Ruttle)
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Are Americans in Denial About Inequality?

Sam Fulwood III explains why Mitt Romney’s overestimation of the middle class could very well be an indication of how unaware Americans are of the class divisions in this country.

Sam Fulwood III

Dumbing It Down on Fox News
Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith, background right, conducts an interview during his "Studio B" program in New York, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP/Richard Drew)
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Dumbing It Down on Fox News

Sam Fulwood III explores why Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda machine is making its viewers less aware and knowledgeable of current events.

Sam Fulwood III

Pat Buchanan: America Is Doomed
Pat Buchanan on the campaign trail in 1996. His new book offers more of the same pro-white, pro-conservative propganda he's peddled for decades. (AP/Eric Draper)
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Pat Buchanan: America Is Doomed

Sam Fulwood III offers a brighter vision of a more diverse America than Pat Buchanan’s new book, which prophesizes a dark future without white supremacy.

Sam Fulwood III

Undermining Democracy
Early voters fill their ballots at the Douglas County Election Commision office in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 29, 2010. Conservatives are at work to prevent certain groups from voting in the upcoming presidential election. (AP/Nati Harnik)
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Undermining Democracy

Right-wing legislatures are working hard to suppress voters as the next presidential election draws closer, writes Sam Fulwood III.

Sam Fulwood III

Parsing the Polls
The U.S. Capitol is shown during the debt limit debate on July 30, 2011. New polling finds historically low approval ratings for Congress. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Parsing the Polls

The latest opinion polling on dissatisfaction with Congress might be accurate for once, writes Sam Fulwood III, and that could be a good thing.

Sam Fulwood III

The Value of National Service
AmeriCorps volunteer Jacob Biddlecome, 24, from  Maryland hands out Red Cross informational flyers on how to return to  your flooded home in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on May 14, 2011. Recent budget cuts to national service programs rob youth of the chance to make a difference in their country. (AP/Rogelio V. Solis)
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The Value of National Service

Keeping our youth engaged in the service of their country is good for the nation and fighting joblessness, writes Sam Fulwood III.

Sam Fulwood III

Rededicating Ourselves to Dr. King’s “Dream”
Christopher Ogden, of Charlotte, right, takes a photograph of his  children, Courtney Ogden, 6, center, and Conrad Ogden, 2, with a statue  of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial  in Washington on August 22, 2011.  The memorial will be officially  dedicated on Sunday. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Rededicating Ourselves to Dr. King’s “Dream”

We should reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work that remains undone as the president prepares to dedicate the monument celebrating the civil rights activist this Sunday, writes Sam Fulwood III.

Sam Fulwood III

The Race for the White House
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The Race for the White House

The president’s prospects for re-election have more to do with politics than the color of his skin, writes Sam Fulwood III.

Sam Fulwood III

Sounding the Wrong Alarm
La Representante Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) indicó en el pleno de la Cámara el viernes que los miembros del Congreso se niegan a aumentar el límite de la deuda porque el presidente es afroamericano. (Flickr/<a href=@mjb )" data-srcset="https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/jacksonlee_onpage.1.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/jacksonlee_onpage.1.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/jacksonlee_onpage.1.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/jacksonlee_onpage.1.jpg?w=500 500w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/jacksonlee_onpage.1.jpg?w=250 250w" data-sizes="auto" />
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Sounding the Wrong Alarm

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s time on the House floor Friday was spent speculating on the racist nature of conservative politicians instead of warning of the dangers to her constituents of not raising the debt limit, says Sam Fulwood III.

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A Tale of Two Young Black Men
Author Wes Moore speaks to students at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon. (Flickr/<a href=Multnomah County Library )" data-srcset="https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/rab_071211_onpage.jpg?w=450 450w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/rab_071211_onpage.jpg?w=450 450w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/rab_071211_onpage.jpg?w=450 450w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/rab_071211_onpage.jpg?w=450 450w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/rab_071211_onpage.jpg?w=250 250w" data-sizes="auto" />
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A Tale of Two Young Black Men

Sam Fulwood III asks what we can learn from two Baltimore natives who travelled decidedly different paths to manhood.

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Georgia Chopsticks, LLC
Entrepreneur Jae Lee's months-old business, Georgia Chopsticks, LLC, produces 2 million chopsticks a day for supermarkets and restaurants in China, Japan, Korea, and the United States. The business has 25 employees and already expanded twice. (Flickr/<a href=B. Johnny)" data-srcset="https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/chopsticks_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/chopsticks_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/chopsticks_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/chopsticks_onpage.jpg?w=500 500w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/chopsticks_onpage.jpg?w=250 250w" data-sizes="auto" />
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Georgia Chopsticks, LLC

Sam Fulwood III highlights a business success story that offers hope for bringing the economy back to life.

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Playing the Dozens
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Playing the Dozens

Sam Fulwood III explores kerfuffle over taunts by Princeton’s Cornel West at the president’s supposed lack of serious black-first policies.

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Did We Back the Wrong Horse?
Jerry Cupp of Columbus, Ohio, a 30-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department and a dues-paying member of the police union as well as a Tea Party supporter, told <i>The Columbus Dispatch</i> over the weekend that he regrets voting for conservative Ohio Gov. John Kasich, above, who signed a GOP-backed bill last month that bans public worker strikes. (AP/Jay LaPrete)
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Did We Back the Wrong Horse?

Working voters in Ohio and Virginia are having second thoughts on electing antiunion politicians, writes Sam Fulwood III.

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Real Diversity Requires Diverse Thinking
Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, pictured above, recently put forth an interesting social theory, suggesting that America’s civic health declines in the most diverse settings. As Putnam described it, diversity makes people uncomfortable because it produces culture clashes that distract from other tasks. But isn’t that what representative democracy is all about? (Flickr/<a href=Dean Terry)" data-srcset="https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rab_040511_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rab_040511_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rab_040511_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rab_040511_onpage.jpg?w=500 500w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rab_040511_onpage.jpg?w=250 250w" data-sizes="auto" />
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Real Diversity Requires Diverse Thinking

Sam Fulwood III explores why it’s important for progressives of all colors to listen to diverse voices, including those that don’t map to majority progressive thinking.

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The People v. Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart shoppers use carts at a Wal-Mart store in Moutain View, California. A pay discrimination case against Wal-Mart begins today that involves by some estimates as many as 1.5 million women. (AP/Paul Sakuma)
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The People v. Wal-Mart

A pay discrimination case against Wal-Mart will affect future class-action suits, writes Sam Fulwood III.

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Every (Black Man) an Obama?
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Every (Black Man) an Obama?

Sam Fulwood III examines the woeful plight of too many black men in our society today against the backdrop of the first African-American president.

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Majority Minority Toddlers
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Majority Minority Toddlers

Sam Fulwood III examines what conservative cuts to education will mean to our ethnically diverse three-year olds and, not coincidentally, to graying Americans’ future retirement plans.

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The Silent Decline
An abandoned car sits next to an abandoned building across the river from downtown Youngstown, Ohio. Youngstown and the surrounding Mahoning County in northeastern Ohio are rapidly undergoing a population decrease. (AP/Mark Duncan)
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The Silent Decline

Hundreds of communities across the country are experiencing a natural decrease in population, writes Sam Fulwood III. And it’s likely to get worse with cuts to vital programs.

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States’ Rights Redux
Protesters rally at the Denver state capitol on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, to protest Colorado's participation in a federal program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants when they're booked into jails. Statehouse conservatives are declaring war on minorities, women, immigrants, and the poor by proposing harsh legislation targeted specifically at them. (AP/Ed Andrieski)
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States’ Rights Redux

Sam Fulwood III draws the parallels between the reasoning of the Confederacy 150 years ago and the misguided righteousness of some conservatives today.

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Violence Doesn’t Work
History ought to inform us that this sad incident involving the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and 19 other people will change nothing politically, in and of itself. It will only inflict unspeakable pain and suffering on undeserving people. (AP/ Susan Walsh)
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Violence Doesn’t Work

Sam Fulwood III finds hope amid the recent bloodshed, knowing violence in past struggles for progressive change led America to embrace its best instincts.

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All in the Family
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his wife, Cindy McCain, leave their polling station Tuesday, November 2, 2010, in Phoenix after casting their ballots. (AP/Matt York)
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All in the Family

A telling family dispute over allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in our military reveals Sen. McCain’s strategy of delay, writes Sam Fulwood III.

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The Civil War Today
Robert F. Costello is dressed as Abraham Lincoln on Monday, October 25, 2010, in Trenton, NJ, as he joins Civil War reenactors in part of the state’s sesquicentennial (150th) observation and commemoration of New Jersey’s part in the Civil War. (AP/Mel Evans)
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The Civil War Today

Sam Fulwood III braces for a parade of Civil War anniversaries and what they will mean to today’s polarized electorate, particularly Tea Party patriots.

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The Essence of Marriage
Aisha Mills, left, and Danielle Moodie-Mills, right, recently became the first black lesbian couple featured in Essence.com. (Craig Paulson Photography)
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The Essence of Marriage

Newlyweds Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills move beyond the black community’s own “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies, writes Sam Fulwood III.

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When Jokes Trump Discourse
Stephen Colbert, left, and Jon Stewart are holding overlapping rallies at the end of the month that may draw more supporters than the slew of recent rallies and marches in Washington, D.C. (AP/Matt Sayles)
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When Jokes Trump Discourse

Sam Fulwood III wonders what’s become of our country’s political dialogue when mock rallies threaten to draw more supporters than real ones.

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Majority-Minority Conflicts
D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, shown above, scored a decisive victory last week over incumbent mayor Adrian M. Fenty  to earn the Democratic Party’s nomination for next month’s general  election. Progressive candidates for state and national office should take lessons from the D.C. mayoral race. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Majority-Minority Conflicts

Sam Fulwood III explains that progressives should take note of Washington, D.C.’s recent contest because race still matters in politics.

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Whistling Dixie
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remembers <span lang=his days as a student at the University of Mississippi during the mid-1960s and the height of the civil rights movement as “a very pleasant experience.”
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Whistling Dixie

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour wants to blame Old Democrats for abetting southern racism, but his classmate Verna Bailey could set him straight.

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Editorializing While Black
Walter Williams' column, seen here at Creators Syndicate, is distributed to 150 websites and newspapers, and is an unrelenting, negative rant on black leaders, black lifestyles, and black people. (creators.com)
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Editorializing While Black

Right-wing commentators who happen to be black shouldn’t be allowed to play fast and loose with the truth, writes Sam Fulwood III.

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Obama Should Speak Up
President Barack Obama gives race-baiting groups too much power by avoiding direct confrontation with them. He needs to stand up and lead on racial issues. (AP/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama Should Speak Up

President Obama is missing out on a chance to guide the nation to a deeper understanding of racial issues, writes Sam Fulwood III.

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