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Category: Race in America

VIDEO: We’re Not Doing Enough to Fight Racism in Our Schools

I noticed that I was not alone. This year, I saw much more attention being paid by my White friends and colleagues to the concept of the “White moderate” that Dr. King expressed in “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”

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Then Shut It Down

Ten-year-old Rosa Hernandez was in in the back of a medical transport vehicle in October.  She and her cousin were traveling 150 miles by ambulance through the dark Texas backcountry from her home in Laredo to Corpus Christi. Rosa has cerebral palsy and was in need of an emergency gallbladder removal.

The President is Racist… and Always Has Been

As I read through the comments of many prominent white journalists now finally naming the president as a racist, I’m left wondering… what took so long? How was it only yesterday that we’ve moved from calling his comments “demeaning”, “unpresidential”, “disgusting” or “racially charged”, to speaking truth and calling him, the man, the President of the United States, an unapologetic racist?

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Profiled Dr. Gill and Gill’s Family

By Contributor David Harland 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is actively implementing a policy of racial profiling by interpreting a person’s hands being in the air as probable cause for drug searches.

In a traffic stop on January 5, 2018, Rev. Dr. Eric Gill was told to exit his vehicle. When he did, he put his hands in the air as a caution. Immediately, the officer yelled “now, why do you have your hands up, that means you have drugs! Do I need to search the car!?”

Captain Paul Timmons was quoted in defense of this OHP policy, saying “it kind of raises a red flag to law enforcement officers, people get out and instantly throw their hands up.”
But Rev. Dr. Gill didn’t have drugs in his car. Instead, his wife and eleven-month-old child waited and watched as he stepped out of the vehicle.

You Are a Double Refugee from Congo and Rwanda and We Want You—and Need You— Here in America

In light of President Trump’s recent—and disgusting—comments about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and any other countries he considers to be “shitholes”, I have been reflecting on so many wonderful people from the very places that he chose to insult. People who are more optimistic, grateful, hardworking, and kind than pretty much anybody I’ve ever met, let alone the current leader of the free world. One young Rhode Island man in particular stands out in my mind. He is a double refugee who arrived to Providence, Rhode Island only a few short years ago after a life of strife and struggle that most of us, including the President, can’t even fathom. He is someone whose story I have shared with my own three sons because of how remarkable he is in both spirit and strength. Despite his own enormous challenges, he is driven by a desire to give back to those in need.