When a person of colour with light skin rises to prominence, or becomes the first to occupy a particular position, it’s often heralded as a sign that structural barriers to the progress of people of colour have been removed. This was the case when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May, joining the British royal family as the Duchess of Sussex.
Proving his apologists wrong once again, President Donald Trump unleashed yet another racist attack against immigrants on Wednesday at a roundtable on immigration policy, smearing all children crossing the border without their parents as criminals.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has just been appointed to a two-year term on a federal government commission tasked with investigating and reporting on international religious freedoms violations.
An off-hand but deeply troubling remark has undermined what should have been an easy event for the White House to pull off on Friday: the honoring of Olympics and Paralympics medal-winners.
A Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police on two black men on April 13, leading to their arrest. The two men, who had been waiting for a friend at the store, were released without being charged.
A short-haired girl was disqualified from a Nebraska soccer tournament because organizers thought she looked like a boy.
Education is often considered the cure for racism; a way to erase bigoted, erroneous and myth-based beliefs with colorblind facts. But biases are stubborn, deeply held things, more impervious to truth than we might like to consider. Researchers from the University of Virginia discovered this when they queried a group of 222 white medical students and residents and found that half believed in phony biological differences between black and white people, including “that blacks age more slowly than whites; their nerve endings are less sensitive than whites’; their blood coagulates more quickly than whites’; [and] their skin is thicker than whites.”
As long as the extreme Christian right exists, there are going to be closed-minded, Bible-thumping homophobes who trumpet scriptural passages "proving" that gays are going to spend eternity in hell. Need we remind these religious zealots that it’s the year 2015?
A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of the term “black” than they do of the term “African American.” For instance, study participants routinely concluded that a person had a higher level of education and job status, if that person was referred to as African American rather than Black.