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On race and division

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – Since Ferguson, I have been thinking about how I view those in my community, both black and white. I have found that I feel differently about different groups of people, and it is not based on race. I have heard several talking heads on both TV and radio determine that ...

It’s time for a national dialogue on White privilege and Black responsibility

WASHINGTON, December 27, 2014 — The term “white privilege” is meant to explain the unearned benefits that white people in Western cultures receive by virtue of their race. Some argue that white privilege is pervasive in American society. If it is and we want to reduce it, we should also think about black responsibility. Many Americans of color, including ...

Less hoodies might mean better race relations

OCALA, Fla., August 19, 2014 — Now that Michael Brown’s death has placed America in yet another race relations quagmire, let’s forget about black, white, yellow, or red and focus on fashion. George Zimmerman has long since been acquitted of any wrongdoing in the death of Trayvon Martin. Nonetheless, a great many individuals believe that Zimmerman ...

The Supreme Court says that racial discrimination is bad (and good)

OCALA, Fla., April 24, 2014 — Is racial discrimination in public affairs ever a good thing? Even the Supreme Court can’t reach a unanimous conclusion. On Tuesday, our nation’s highest judicial body ruled in favor of Michigan in a case which pitted the state’s voter-approved affirmative action ban against a jumble of special interest groups. ...

Does bigotry hold minorities back in America?

OCALA, Fla., January 30, 2014 — The subject of American race relations is contentious, to put it mildly. It is no secret that a great deal of minority communities are depressed. This comes in both the economic and social senses. Some, both within these communities and outside of them, claim that bigotry prevents young individuals from achieving ...