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Science’s Biggest Blunder

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 12:32 pm (UTC-4)
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Race is perhaps the worst idea ever to come out of science….Up for grabs was whether modern non-Africans stemmed from one or more migrations out of Africa. The newest data suggests there was a single journey — between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago, a single population of humans left Africa and went on to settle…everywhere […]

The Other Obama Legacy

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 2:09 pm (UTC-4)
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Obama is the first black president — and may well be the last, who knows — and that alone has a historical weight and impact on this generation that will play out for generations to come.

Dear White America

Posted December 30th, 2015 at 7:50 pm (UTC-4)
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If you are white, and you are reading this letter, I ask that you don’t run to seek shelter from your own racism. Don’t hide from your responsibility…. Being neither a “good” white person nor a liberal white person will get you off the proverbial hook.

Do Republicans Really Want the Black and Latino Vote?

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 11:10 am (UTC-4)
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This spectacle of racial, reactionary populism, rhetoric and political protest is not a concept that is new to the theater of American politics. Comparisons abound between Trump and segregationist Democrat George Wallace or, better yet, Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

What Whites Don’t Know About Racism

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 11:45 am (UTC-4)
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When more than half of blacks and a third of Hispanics report that they have experienced unfair treatment in public places at some point just in the last month because of their race, for whites to deny the seriousness of racism in America is to say, in effect, that folks of color are hallucinating, irrational […]

Reality of Implicit Race bias Is Well-documented

Posted November 6th, 2015 at 9:05 am (UTC-4)
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…Training can help people overcome implicit prejudice and the heightened perception of threat it brings, but there is an important caveat: They have to be motivated and willing and have to leave their defensiveness at the door.

Three Things Obama Can Do for the Black Community

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 6:06 pm (UTC-4)
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One thing is sure despite all the challenges from a gridlocked, partisan, and quasi-racist Congress: Obama got things done…. But black and progressive Americans also say that more can be done before Obama leaves office in January 2017.

At Sandra Bland’s Funeral, Celebration and Defiance

Posted July 27th, 2015 at 9:05 am (UTC-4)
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Funerals are often predictably somber — a cloistering and culminating of grief and pain. Not Sandra Bland’s funeral…. Bland was the 28-year-old Illinois woman arrested after a traffic stop in Texas who died in a county jail.    

America Is Not Racist

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am (UTC-4)
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In wake of the Charleston massacre in South Carolina, many on the left want us to believe America is a racist nation dominated by white supremacy and hatred for blacks. They’re wrong.

An Uncomfortable, Yet Unavoidable, Debate

Posted June 22nd, 2015 at 3:04 pm (UTC-4)
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With the shooting of nine African Americans by Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, the nation’s unresolved and tormented history of racism has emerged. It remains a controversial hot-button topic: painful, hard to talk about and even harder to stop. But observers are increasingly calling for a movement to banish it.

Charleston and the Politics of Evasion

Posted June 22nd, 2015 at 9:11 am (UTC-4)
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We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns.

‘I Identify as Black.’ But Is She?

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 2:20 pm (UTC-4)
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The case of Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP official who resigned after her parents revealed she is racially white, has become a lightening rod for self-identity. Her story set off a complex and uncomfortable national conversation about race, America’s history of racism and whether or not a white person can become black – just as Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn.

Black Like Who? Rachel Dolezal’s Harmful Masquerade

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 10:24 am (UTC-4)
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“I identify as black,” Ms. Dolezal told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show this morning. That may be. But actual black people, like me, don’t have the option of choosing.

Rachel Dolezal Has a Right to Be Black

Posted June 16th, 2015 at 9:36 am (UTC-4)
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On Monday, Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, resigned in shame because she had posed as a black woman even though she is biologically white.