Voices

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Why Trump's Move to 'Address' Border Separations Isn't a Victory [OPINION]

“For Trump to claim he is saddened by the family separation policy he created and to offer family detention as a benevolent act reeks of cynicism and hypocrisy.”

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How I Survived 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy [OPINION]

At age 17, Darren Calhoun was manipulated into conversion therapy by a pastor. Here, he reflects on his path from confused teen to advocate for the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people in the United States who are subjected to the same treatment.

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On Starbucks: Looking Beyond Implicit Bias Training to Systemic Solutions [OPINION]

Race Forward president Glenn Harris on why Starbucks’ mandatory anti-bias training is a good start, but far from a cure for what ails America.

A sign for Sinclair Broadcast Group appears at the forefront of a parking lot, a tree without leaves, and the building for the corporation in the far background with an overcast sky.

Media Merger Madness: Why the Marriage of Sinclair and Tribune Is a Credible Threat to Our Democracy [OPINION]

Considering conservative-leaning Sinclair’s history of acquiring local stations and centralizing news operations, the new broadcast behemoth would be able to determine which community efforts receive media attention, harden political viewpoints and define what constitutes a terrorist threat.

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Facebook Must Protect Its Black Users [OPINION]

“The platform is a safe space for White supremacists to spew anti-Black vitriol, organize Klan rallies, and encourage physical violence against Black people without reprimand from Facebook.”

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3 Things to Keep Me From Rolling My Eyes at Your White Privilege

Gabriella Cazares-Kelly, a community organizer from the Tohono O’odham Nation, presents three best practices for White allies trying to meaningfully engage with people from underrepresented groups at meetings, protests and events.

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Broadcasting Hate: How Trump Used the FCC to Punish the Poor [OPINION]

Erin Shields of Center for Media Justice and Lucia Martinez of Free Press break down what they call the Trump administration’s “war on the poor.”

A Black man wearing a black sweatshirt and red cap over dredlocks and playing a trumpet passes a colorful mural of the Memphis sanitation worker's "I Am a Man" strike

It's Our Job to Finish Dr. Martin Luther King's Economic Justice Work [Opinion]

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner reflects on the critical income inequality work he supported and our urgent need to finish it. 

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I Wrote A Book With Michael Bennett. Here's Why I Stand With Him Now. [Opinion]

Dave Zirin, the co-author of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” on why there’s nothing at all uncomfortable about standing by the activist athlete.

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No, I Won't Get Your Coffee. Now Can You Hire More Women of Color? [OPINION]

Journalist and educator Jessica Brown on why newsroom diversity efforts fail so frequently.

Crowd of protesters hold red and white signs that read, "It's about freedom" and "Unrig the system."

Unions Helped Build the Black Middle Class. The Wealthy's Political Lackeys Are Out to Gut It. [OPINION]

As the Supreme Court considers the future of unions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson examines how racism conspires to keep workers of color from uniting to reach their full potential.

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As the Kerner Report Turns 50, I Actually Have Some Good News About the Media [OPINION]

Rinku Sen: “I’ve read thousands of justifiable words about how little has changed and has even gotten worse for people of color in the media. But there’s no question that the last 50 years would have been immeasurably worse without the actions of reporters and news consumers of color.”

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The Final Fire: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission [OPINION]

The Kerner Commission concluded that unrest in cities across the country was the result of unaddressed racial and economic injustice. What has—and hasn’t—changed in the last 50 years?

A collage of news clippings symbolizes urban unrest in the late '60s

The Kerner Report Called for More Black Journalists. Major Newsrooms Remain a 'White Man's World' [OPINION]

When the Kerner Commission indicted U.S. journalism for its misrepresentation of Black communities in 1968, the report called on media companies to hire, train and promote Black journalists. FAIR program director Janine Jackson argues that corporate media is still failing to confront its own racism.

A collage of news clippings symbolizes urban unrest in the late '60s

50 Years After the Landmark Kerner Report Called Out Media Racism, the Power Structure Persists [OPINION]

Created to study the urban rebellions of 1967, the Kerner Commission revealed in 1968 how racist media played a role. As the Kerner report turns 50, Free Press’ Joseph Torres argues that large media companies continue to uphold White supremacy. 

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Representation Matters: Long Before the Movie, Black Panther Validated My Black Self

“Representation matters” has become a catchphrase. Because it’s true. Here, one lifelong Black Panther fan explains why he’s so passionate about a superhero movie.

A young Brown woman holds up a sign that says "I am a Dreamer. You can't deport ideals" at a New York City protest

How the GOP is Using the Budget Process to Destroy Immigration as We Know It [OPINION]

Rinku Sen argues that the Congressional budget process is just a tool for the GOP to reach its ultimate goal—a radical reordering of 50 years of immigration policy that is transparent in its hostility toward immigrants of color.

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For a Conscious Black Child of the '80s, Hugh Masekela Brought Lightness to the Heavy Anti-Apartheid Movement

Being a kid during the anti-apartheid movement meant learning, in real time, that the oppression of Black people was global. Akiba Solomon gives thanks for the joy and lightness that the father of South African jazz brought to an intense international struggle. 

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Energy Democracy: People Power for a Cleaner Planet [OPINION]

By putting power—literally—in the hands of the people, “energy democracy” could have potentially game-changing benefits for low-income people and communities of color. 

U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, wearing a suit, sits at a table with a Black man in a fisherman's hat, a Black woman in a black wool hat and a Black man wearing a black and black khaki striped shirt

Black Alabamans Appreciate Your Thanks. Now Give Us the Power.

Doug Jones won the special senate election in Alabama because Black folks used our own homegrown tools that we have been building and refining for many years. It’s past time to substantially invest in Black political organizing infrastructure in the South.