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Luther Hughes draws together the writings of Essex Hemphill and a chance encounter on the subway to say something about love, sex, and the lives of “black boys.”

I Am White and I Know My Privilege

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Bryan Reeves, a white man, reflects on white privilege and the refusal by many white people to acknowledge it.

What I Loved About the Job I Hated

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Cabot O’Callaghan learned priceless lessons working at a grocery store.

Rachel Dolezal: Life in ‘Blackface’ and the Elusiveness of Race in America Today

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Renée Canada explores racism and identity through the lens of Rachel Dolezal.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

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J.R. Reynolds explains why rigorous self-examination is critical for growth.

The Lie Behind #All Lives Matter

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When you say “All Lives Matter,” you’re saying racism doesn’t exist.

10 Things All White Folks Need to Consider about the #BaltimoreUprising

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As a White person, Jaime Utt is so frustrated in how so many of us are blaming people of Color for their own oppression and condemning them for expressions of grief and rage that make us uncomfortable and afraid. If you find yourself doing that, read this.

What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality

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Instead of telling your black friends that you hope things will get better, show them how you are working to make things better.

Me? Entitled? You Must Be Talking About Somebody Else

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Jenny Kanevsky takes a hard look at her behavior and realizes the opposite of entitlement is respect.

The Limitlessness Of Blackness

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Damon Young on how to foster a complete view on what it means to be black.

Dreamboys

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L. Lamar Wilson illustrates the challenging intersection of childhood, homophobia, and race.

History Is the Beast That Will Not Die, Will Not Blink

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Keith Owens reminds us of the chilling truth that while some things have changed in the South, some things remain the same.

Us and Them, 2014

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In this poem, MaryLisa DeDomenicis reminds us of a common stereotype and the human need “to distinguish one’s self.”

Reflecting On Hate, Politics, Elizabeth Lauten, And Asking What Happened

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In light of Elizabeth Lauten’s recent comments on the attire of Sasha and Malia, Mark Boles asks where the hate and vitriol of her comments stem from.

Is the Daniele Watts Incident a Tempest in a Teapot?

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We must demand the police “protect and serve” and respect us. We must also, cooperate and facilitate their very difficult job and respect them.

Philadelphia’s Decriminalization of Marijuana is the Model to Follow.

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It is high time for a drug policy grounded in science, compassion, economics and health and human rights