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Even Obama: Presidential Politics Explode the Myth of Colorblindness

by Guest Columnist on January 25 2008, 1:43PM

For decades, advocates for racial equality have been fighting the tides of the new American movement for colorblindness, the idea that if we don’t talk about race, somehow racism and the inequalities which it spawns will magically disappear. The simple…


US Should Stay at the Table for the UN Racism Conference

by Guest Columnist on January 24 2008, 9:52AM

by Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario No doubt that the first United Nations Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa was wrought with controversy in 2001, and it appears already that its follow up Durban II will be also. Although former U.N. Secretary…

Topics: Global Affairs

Miami Takes Back the Vote

by Guest Columnist on January 24 2008, 9:28AM

Joseph Phelan, Miami Workers Center, discusses their work with grassroots organizers to register voters in Black and Latino communities in Miami. Last Saturday, I hit the streets with members of Low-Income Families Fighting Together and Miami en Acción, two grassroots…

Topics: Politics

PLAN Responds to Black/Brown Debate

by Guest Columnist on January 18 2008, 1:36PM

Bob Fulkerson, from Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), gives us his reaction to the Black-Brown debate on Tuesday. The “Black-Brown” debate should have been called the vanilla-light chit chat. This debate—and I blame the moderators for this—handled race exactly…


Simplifying Pakistan and Kenya

by Guest Columnist on January 15 2008, 2:34PM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage In late December, the world was captivated by raw coverage of catastrophic political events. In Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, former President of two terms and candidate in the 2008 Pakistani elections, was assassinated after a rally in the…

Topics: Global Affairs

Excluded From the Polls

by Guest Columnist on January 10 2008, 11:58AM

contributed by NWFCO Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board — the Indiana voter ID case. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, this case “will determine which American citizens are able to…

Topics: Politics

Job Gap Series

by Guest Columnist on December 20 2007, 1:19AM

contributed by NWFCO Yesterday, NWFCO released the latest installment of our job gap series. This one focuses on racial inequities in wages. Hold on to your hat: it turns out that living wage jobs are hard to come by overall,…

Topics: Economy

The People We Always Forget

by Guest Columnist on December 18 2007, 11:54AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage In all the hype surrounding the immigration debate, nothing has ever moved me as much as the recent Reuters article about the impact that stricter travel policies are having on Native American tribes. The U.S. Western Hemisphere…

Topics: Immigration

Alberto Gonzales Named Lawyer of the Year by the ABA Journal

by Guest Columnist on December 14 2007, 8:02AM

***UPDATE*** After our blog, the ABA Journal has changed its mind. When this article was posted online on December 12, 2007, it was titled “Lawyers of the Year 2007 and 2008.” The article defined that term as the year’s…

Topics: Immigration

Where do we go from here?

by Guest Columnist on December 11 2007, 1:55PM

International Human Rights Day was marked by the release of bold and telling human rights reports on the state of racial discrimination in the United States. But will the reports be just another testament to centuries of human rights violations…

Topics: Global Affairs

NWFCO Leaders Respond to the Heartland Forum

by Guest Columnist on December 6 2007, 11:10AM

contributed by NWFCO When it came time to address presidential candidates at the Heartland Forum in Iowa, grassroots leaders from the Northwest turned out. Here’s what two leaders from the Washington Community Action Network had to say: Attending the forum…


Dusting off the Mat for the Gentry

by Guest Columnist on December 4 2007, 10:54AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage Last week, I was sipping coffee and reading at a relatively new and very trendy joint in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, when in a matter of seconds, two individuals entered the lounge with a gun, and stole…


Anti-War Work Gives Hope, Changing Hearts and Minds

by Guest Columnist on November 30 2007, 5:36AM

by Brian Palmer For me, today is a day of stock-taking, figuratively speaking. I turned 43, and I’m not exactly relishing the moment. My absence of relish is less a midlife crisis - the typical lamentation about the inexorable creep…


What’s the Statute of Limitation on Deja Vu Racism?

by Guest Columnist on November 20 2007, 7:56AM

by gacebo Ten years ago, two Latino youth, David Moreno and Justin Pacheco were caught up in a street fight in Vacaville, CA, a then largely white, rural community in the San Francisco Bay Area; home to a growing population…


Last One Standing: Cultural Reality TV?

by Guest Columnist on November 19 2007, 10:52AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage A couple of weeks ago I walked past a bus stop in mid-town Manhattan and halted dead in my tracks at the sight of a large poster of a white man wrestling down what appeared to be…


Anti-tax Initiatives Invoke Immigration Debate

by Guest Columnist on November 16 2007, 8:54AM

contributed by NWFCO When final election results roll in, Washington state’s latest anti-tax ballot initiative probably will squeak to victory. Passions may have cooled in recent years when it comes to the “taxpayer revolt,” but it is clear that anti-tax…

Topics: Immigration

Brooklyn Shooting Example of a National Trend

by Guest Columnist on November 13 2007, 2:32PM

On the same day that ColorLines and The Chicago Reporter published a special joint investigation into fatal police shootings across the country, the New York Police Department shot to death an unarmed 18-year-old Black man in a public housing…

Topics: News Items

Writers Strike, But Hollywood Holds on to Shopworn Stereotypes

by Guest Columnist on November 8 2007, 8:36AM

by Brian Palmer I empathize with people trying to pay the rent, put food on the table, and make car payments. I’m also a stalwart defender of the intellectual property rights of the artists, actors, and writers who entertain us…

Topics: Media

Black Facing Halloween

by Guest Columnist on November 6 2007, 10:37AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage Several days after Halloween, stories are still coming in about people costuming in blackface. This time Applied Research Center intern, Thanu Yakupitiyage, describes government officials playing racist on Halloween. Halloween long ago lost its original intent of…


YouTube Gangster

by Guest Columnist on October 26 2007, 12:40PM

YouTubers have never been shy about the race debate. So it’s no surprise that the back and forth posting that detonates under the site’s trailer for “American Gangster,” a Godfather-esque flick starring paragons of masculinity Denzel Washington and Russel…