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The White Conversation on Race

by Carla Murphy, December 9, 2014

Dumping Facebook friends isn't enough. So Colorlines asked leaders working to create dialogue among white people about deeper solutions.

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The Untold Story of Black Fatherhood

by Stacia L. Brown, November 18, 2014

The constant refrain about a crisis of black fatherhood obscures out a far more complex reality in black families.

Society

A Community of Black Dads [VIDEO]

by Kai Wright, November 19, 2014

Father Mathis' life story highlights the centuries-long tradition of communal parenting in black families. It's one of many cultural tools that are ignored in the handwringing over a crisis of black fatherhood.

The Latest News & Analysis in Racial Justice

When It Comes to Sports Protests, Are T-Shirts Enough?

When It Comes to Sports Protests, Are T-Shirts Enough?

by Jamilah King on December 18 2014, 11:00AM

More and more elite athletes are making symbolic statements about police violence against black people. It’s up to us to listen.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 17 2014, 7:00AM

A roundup of 14 amazing women of color who’ve made big strides in 2014.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

'Did the Torture Work?' is the Wrong Question

‘Did the Torture Work?’ is the Wrong Question

by Waleed Shahid on December 15 2014, 6:15PM

Constantly framing the report about the CIA’s torture of alleged Islamic terrorist in terms of “success” invites us to minimize the specific, grisly experiences of the detainees.

Topics: National Security

In L.A., Civilians Will Have Power Over Sheriff's Department

In L.A., Civilians Will Have Power Over Sheriff’s Department

by Julianne Hing on December 15 2014, 7:00AM

Amidst protests around the nation, Los Angeles takes one step forward on police accountability.

Topics: Criminal Justice

CIA Torture Report: What Now?

CIA Torture Report: What Now?

by Asraa Mustufa on December 12 2014, 1:00PM

American Muslim leaders unload about the ‘utter moral depravity’ of the CIA’s post-9/11 torture and talk next steps.

Topics: National Security, Politics

Thurgood Marshall Condemned Chokeholds in 1983

Thurgood Marshall Condemned Chokeholds in 1983

by Ian Haney Lopez on December 12 2014, 7:00AM

The Supreme Court justice denounced police chokeholds 30 years ago. Why are we still having the same conversation?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Meet the 24-Year-Old Filipina-American Who Raised $650K on Kickstarter

Meet the 24-Year-Old Filipina-American Who Raised $650K on Kickstarter

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 11 2014, 11:00AM

Angelia Trinidad’s “Passion Planner” has had record success on the crowdfunding platform. Colorlines talked to her about family, what motivates her, and why an old-school paper planner has struck a chord with tens of thousands of people.

Topics: Society

What Obama's Immigration Action Means for the Rio Grande Valley

What Obama’s Immigration Action Means for the Rio Grande Valley

by Aura Bogado on December 10 2014, 12:00PM

Activists say increased security on and near the border results in humiliation, wage theft and even death.

Topics: Obama Immigration Order

Black Athletes Show Game-Day Solidarity With Eric Garner

Black Athletes Show Game-Day Solidarity With Eric Garner

by Jamilah King on December 8 2014, 10:07AM

Derrick Rose was one of a handful of players who sent a message over the weekend.

Topics: Culture

Black Hollywood Speaks Out About Police Violence

Black Hollywood Speaks Out About Police Violence

by Jamilah King on December 5 2014, 10:50AM

Actors, activists and the religious community are coming together to bring attention to the extrajudicial killings of black men.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Ferguson

The Ugly Idea That Killed Eric Garner

The Ugly Idea That Killed Eric Garner

by Kai Wright on December 4 2014, 7:00AM

Whatever happens to Office Pantaleo, justice will come only when broken windows policing is finally indicted and convicted.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

An Appreciation: Eric Garner

An Appreciation: Eric Garner

by Akiba Solomon on December 3 2014, 10:11PM

Before Eric Garner couldn’t breathe, he insisted that cops leave him alone. For once. An appreciation of that moment.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW