September 16, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST Ban violates rights The policy of the Diocese of Camden's Office of Catholic Schools to ban any and all protests during the playing of the national anthem at sports events is disrespectful and anti-American ("Camden diocese takes anthem stand," Tuesday). The superintendent of schools, Mary P. Boyle, notified Catholic high school administrators and coaches of the policy after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred controversy by sitting out the anthem before preseason games.
September 15, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton may have been unwise to say half of Donald Trump's supporters are racists and other "deplorables. " But she wasn't wrong. If anything, when it comes to Trump's racist support, she might have low-balled the number. Trump, speaking to the National Guard Association of the United States' annual conference Monday afternoon, proclaimed himself "deeply shocked and alarmed" about Clinton putting half of his supporters in the "basket of deplorables" - as if anybody, especially Trump, could be shocked by anything this late in the campaign.
September 12, 2016 |
Anneesah Smith stepped onto the stage of the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Saturday as the role model she never had. The college administrator grew up in Germantown with no one in her community to show her how to navigate the world as a gay African American Christian. So Smith, who came out when she was 25, pledged to be that example for other young women. She does it daily as the LGBTQA services coordinator at West Chester University, and she did it this weekend as cochair of the Creating Change conference, the national convention of the National LGBTQ Task Force, which will meet Jan. 18 to 22 in Philadelphia.
August 20, 2016
By Maura Cheeks A few weekends ago I was in a bookstore in Westerly, R.I., just outside of Watch Hill - on the same day the New York Times happened to feature the town on the first page of the Style section. It's known for its stature, privacy, and wealth. Although friends of mine are prominent members of the community, I have always felt somewhat out of place there as one of the few black people during any given weekend when I visit them during the summer. The issue is not that the residents exclude.
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.