August 1, 2016
Marcus Allen is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region In Pedagogy of the Oppressed , Brazilian author and scholar Paulo Freire states, "No one can be authentically human while he prevents others from being so. " I've been thinking a lot lately about this idea of humanity, and who is afforded the privilege of being perceived as fully human. In recent months we too often watched as black men and women had their lives taken at the hands of police, and we also witnessed the murder of police officers.
July 13, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS Police must root out racism in ranks I recently retired after a career that included 20 years of justice-system research, including evaluations of police departments. One of the greatest challenges departments face in reversing community distrust of police is changing cultures of silence in which even good officers fail to speak out when they witness racist actions by their fellow officers ("Protests, arrests, and U.S. 'on a powder keg,' " Monday). In extreme cases, this culture supports cover-ups of criminal acts - falsifying evidence, refusal to testify against other officers, or lying to investigators.
June 14, 2016
By Karen E. Quinones Miller Yes, I'm saying it! The cartoon featuring those green, sewer-dwelling amphibians that everyone loves is racist. Subliminally racist. Insidiously racist. I know. People are tired of folks accusing movies or television series of having racist content or undertones. Because, come on, if you look hard enough, you can convince yourself that anything can be racist. Right? But let's look at some cold hard facts here. Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo - the stars of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - are the good guys.
May 20, 2016
SO, A NUMBER of people on Twitter have come to the conclusion that Blake Lively is a racist. Who knew. Lively, who takes a photo so well you don't even need a camera, caused a tuchis ruckus when she posted an Instagram split screen photo of her front and back shimmering in a gold Atelier Versace gown at Cannes. Her caption? "An L.A. Face with an Oakland Booty. " Blake Blakely I speak on behalf of everyone when I say YOU CANNOT pic.twitter.com/QuFq6krRKn — Caity Weaver (@caityweaver)
May 17, 2016
By Susan McCarthy-Miller Long before Donald Trump arrived on the political scene, a two-pronged tempest of gargantuan proportion was gathering power in the form of "tolerable racism. " As President Obama assumed the highest political office in the world, the innermost feelings of our citizenry were slowly being roused by the election of a biracial Hawaiian. These heretofore broad-minded voters were now accessing their deepest racially prejudiced feelings, long tamped down in the name of political correctness, social harmony, and high-minded tolerance.
May 9, 2016 |
Sofiya Ballin is an Inquirer staff writer This past week, I realized the N-word debate is gearing up to be as old as the word itself. Before comedian Larry Wilmore could even complete the second syllable of "nigga" at the end of his White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30, a hailstorm of think pieces and tweets began to swirl. Many loved it or hated it. But here's why I wasn't offended by Wilmore's use of it to refer to the first black president of the free world.
April 20, 2016
When I spoke with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in an exclusive interview that aired on my radio show Monday morning, I expected to speak with someone who was guarded, defensive and restrained. In many ways, she is exactly that, but I can't blame her. Clinton endured scandal and embarrassment while forgiving her husband's imperfections. She has shouldered blame for decisions she did not make, and in between, she has made deadly mistakes of her own. Benghazi comes to mind.
March 2, 2016
ISSUE | PREJUDICE Respect, not hatred Racist and anti-Semitic comments were evidently made to disrupt a community meeting hosted by South Philadelphia HOMES ("Meeting ends after anti-Jewish comments," Wednesday). We are saddened to see that our progress as a society in racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance has been so limited since the 1930s. Expressing disagreement with the ideas and thoughts of others is essential in a democratic society. We always have, and it is hoped always will, defend this basic right.
January 24, 2016 |
Question: I've been married for four years. After we said, "I do," my daughter started dating a guy of another race. It was then that I found out my husband is racist. He hates my daughter's boyfriend. He treats him poorly and talks very badly about him to get others to hate him, too. My daughter is now pregnant with her boyfriend's child, and my husband wants nothing to do with my daughter, her boyfriend, or the baby. I, however, love the boyfriend, and I'm very much looking forward to my first grandchild.
January 6, 2016
ISSUE | MUMMERS PARADE Despicable displays I am a native of Philadelphia now living in Brooklyn, and last weekend my boyfriend and I joined friends to celebrate the new year at Two Street, the terminus of the Mummers Parade. What I witnessed along the parade route was nothing short of blatant racism, transphobia, and homophobia ("Brigade punishes Mummer over slur," Sunday). There were white men, young and old, holding placards that mocked Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition.