1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: Ever Wonder What that White Guy Was Thinking?

When American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black fists in protest and solidarity at the Mexico City Olympic games in 1968, I was much too young to understand the

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08Jul/12

According to ‘Abraham Lincoln’ Harriet Tubman Shouldn’t Be So Black

There are two things the American masses can’t seem to get enough of, revisionist history and vampires, so, hey, why not mash up the two and make a quick box office buck?

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30Jun/12

Here’s Why I Love Kola Boof

“I wish, so much, that I hadn’t stayed with the bodies over night. Because that is how I received my imagination…I could hear their blood going into the earth…And I know TOO

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16Jun/12

Happy Birthday to Me, Tupac and a White Dude Who Dyed for Freedom (not a typo)

Today is my birthday. And Tupac’s Too. Another June 16th human being I really love is John Howard Griffin. I hope you already know all about this man, but if not, he

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15May/12

Asian Activist Scot Nakagawa: “White Supremacy Has a Special Relationship with Blacks”

If you have ever attended a cultural sensitivity training or participated in a forum or workshop exploring issues of race and racism, you have probably noticed that when the dialogue moves to

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29Feb/12

Know Good White People: Wrestling the term ‘White Pride’ Out of the Hands of the Klan

Jean Rankin was a wife and mother of thirteen children living in a modest home overlooking the Ohio river in what was the “free state” of Ohio. Through her window she could

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10Jan/12

Gordon Hirabayashi, 1918-2012

If you don’t know the name Gordon Hirabayashi, you should. He is an indisputable hero and icon of American history. Best known for being one of the few people to openly defy

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31Oct/11

We’re a Culture Not a Costume (REPOST)

Fed up with the annual parade of white folks in blackface, “Indian squaws,” and other culturally insensitive Halloween costumes on their campus, a group of students at Ohio University decided to do

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16Jun/11

‘Black Like Me’ White Author Darkened His Skin to Write About "Being Black"

Today is my birthday. And Tupac’s Too. Another June 16th human being I really love is John Howard Griffin. I hope you already know all about this man, but if not, he

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17May/11

Did I Tell You the One About the Mexican…

A few years ago I attended a Power of Oneness Awards ceremony where actor Edward James Olmos was honored for his work to bring about the unity of the human family. In his

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20Dec/10

Julian Assange: Devil or Daredevil?

I really don’t know what to think of this Julian Assange WikiLeaks debacle. With the exception of those who have already judged and convicted the man, people seem to be afraid to

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16Dec/10

Eva Longoria’s “Desperate” Daughter Faces Deportation to Mexico

If you’re an avid Desperate Housewives watcher, you know that Eva Longoria’s character,  Gabrielle Solis, is currently tangled in a heart-wrenching storyline involving a past hospital baby switch.  Gabby’s daughter Juanita is

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15Dec/10

The Sexiest Teacher Alive: Don’t Let the Clark Kent Steez Fool You

I mean no disrespect to Geoffrey Canada’s wife, but her husband is my idea of what a real man looks like. Okay, okay, before I get myself in too much trouble, let

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14Dec/10

Prince William will be able to say the word “Mummy” again soon

“Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” -Diana, Princess of Wales If you’re like me, that whole Disney-style princess thing is one huge turnoff. I mean really, what self-respecting mother

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30Jun/08

For Us, By Us

LUCRETIA AND JAMES MOTT ARE MY HEROES!   Imagine you lived during a time when the clothes you wore were produced by slave labor. Oh… wait… that’s right… if you’re the average American,

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17May/08

What Does “Good” Look Like?

Let’s keep it real. It is a mistake to assume that a person who performs acts of “anti-racial goodness” has eradicated their own internalized racism. Most of the individuals who will be

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