Op-Ed

Michael Bennett. Black man in brown and tan checked blazer.

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

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.

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. [OP-ED]

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.

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

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

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.”

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' [OP-ED]

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 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 [OP-ED]

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.

A Black man in a blue uniform shirt smiles

The Prison Reform Movement Must Center The Voices of Incarcerated People [OP-ED]

Emile DeWeaver is the co-founder of Prison Renaissance and has been incarcerated for 20 years. He discusses the influence of activist and author James Forman Jr. on his work, and the importance of centering the voices of incarcerated people in the prison reform movement.

What I Learned From #MeToo: Stop the Instant, Harsh Critiquing [OP-ED]

RaceBaitr editor Arielle Iniko Newton admits she was quick to dismiss #MeToo. Here, she reflects on how harsh, premature critiques of the online, decentralized campaigns so many of us use can hinder our growth.

A Black woman with mid-length, wavy locs speaks at a table of people of color.

Why the Movement for Black Lives Is Using the Media to Build Empathy [OP-ED]

Through real media representation and healthy debate, this movement led by Black, queer and gender nonconforming people is bringing democracy within reach.

Brown man in blue shirt in front of yellow and purple screen and black background

Hasan Minhaj Can't Cure Racism, But He Can Help Brown Kids Navigate It [OP-ED]

Minhaj’s new Netflix special, “Homecoming King,” explores his experiences growing up in a South Asian-American family surrounded by Whiteness.

Kanye West stands in front of a large group of White models wearing his flesh-colored Yeezy collection of leggings, shirts, body suits and other garments.

Kanye West Does Not Speak for People of Color [OP-ED]

The superstar who once blurted out that President George W. Bush didn’t care about Black people met with President-Elect Donald Trump to discuss “multicultural issues” today. Herewith, a PSA.

Implicit Bias in the Time of Trump [OP-ED]

For the past 10 years, the concept of implicit bias—the race prejudice we hold in our unconscious minds—has been a key concept in our racial justice strategy and programs. In this Trumpian age of in-your-face racism, we’re reconsidering how we use this tool.

Coldplay and Beyoncé's 'Hymn for the Weekend' Video is More Orientalist Than Appropriative [OP-ED]

The video—which dropped just in time for this weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show collabo—has sparked controversy.

Syrian Refugees and America's Long History of Selective Immigration Policy [OP-ED]

If the Senate votes yes to the American SAFE Act that Congress passed last week, it will be much more difficult for Syrian civil war refugees to come into the United States. It’s just the latest in American immigration policy shaped by xenophobia and racism. 

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