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Tristan Bridges, Mignon R. Moore: 23% of young black women now identify as bisexual in U.S.

Demographic research shows that black women have led the way in US trends related to gender.

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dudley Poston, Rogelio Sáenz: The US white majority will soon disappear forever

The white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years.

June 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

Ruthellen Josselson: Michelle Obama is an example of how women thrive and grow through adulthood

Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” can be read in many ways: as a political memoir, as a story of being black and aspiring in America or as a Cinderella story that transports … Continue reading

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Home Sorrow and the Million Ways We Make It Through the World

That weekend was one of those that reminded us of what we love about living in the northern Shenandoah Valley—namely, events like the performance in Castleton, Virginia, some twenty-five miles … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bob Lord: Black America’s Vanishing Wealth Is Bad For All Americans

The racial wealth divide gives billionaires more power over all of us. The answer? Reparations.

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: The Republican Party is a Criminal Enterprise

The Republican Party and allied organizations are guilty of engaging in a lengthy and widespread conspiracy to deny the right to vote to millions of American citizens – low income, … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 3 Comments

Reginald Andrade: I Was Reported to Police as an ‘Agitated Black Male’ — for Simply Walking to Work

Last month, I walked across the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to get to work. It was an ordinary stroll. But to a bystander, the sight of an … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Zenobia Jeffries: A Way to Talk About Race, 6 Words at a Time

The Race Card Project eases people into conversations around the uneasy topic of race and racism. . If you were asked to sum up your thoughts about race in six … Continue reading

September 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tony Norman: They All Call to Ask, ‘What Do Black People Want?’

There’s a genre of letters and phone calls that every black person with a media platform gets on a regular basis. They all begin with the correspondent declaring his or … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: The Slaves of my Ancestors

Slaves Waiting for Sale by Eyre Crowe – Richmond, Virginia, 1853. . DICK, STEPHEN, CHARITY, AND LUCY were their given names — these beloved “Negroes.” They were the propertied slaves owned … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Should I Give Up on White People?

You deserve to be punished with several fists to your face! You’re nothing but a troublemaker! I’ve had enough of your Racist talk! You’d better watch what you say and … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kenya Downs: The Koch Brothers Vs. God

The fossil fuel lobby preached its gospel in Virginia. Now, black churches are fighting back.  Rev. Paul Wilson fastens enough buttons on his jacket to stay warm on a chilly … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership

Many people of color are faced with uneasy support for a civil right that began as a way to oppress them.  . Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Steven Singer: Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos

Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m more misunderstood than anything. . … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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