We have to give our black girls 'the talk'- and it's not about sex: my essay on the horrifying McKinney, Texas, injustice

The visceral and nauseating reaction I had to the videos showing what happened to some black boys and really girls down in Texas was rooted in my own lifelong unfair and discriminatory experiences, cultural memory of my black American ancestors’ experiences of U.S. domestic violence against them, and sensitivity to all women daily vulnerable to lowered standards of male behavior toward us....more

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
TriciaNightowlmama I never said that white people (please point me to the paragraph that I made ...more

It's Not Just About Trayvon Martin

Editor's update, 7/13/13: A Florida jury today acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in Trayvon Martin's death. We'll be monitoring reaction and pointing you to must-reads, and encourage you to share your reaction as well. -- Julie ...more
@flextime Unfortunately bias, racism and hate are universal traits shared liberally. We see ...more

Suspicious? My Experience of Being Profiled in Florida

As the fight for justice continues in the Trayvon Martin killing, I am reminded of my personal experience of being profiled.  I share this story knowing that this happened to me only one time in my life, while others experience this every day. My experience didn’t result in a tragedy, but it did enlighten me to what it is like to be targeted as suspicious....more

Norway's Alleged Bomber and the Dangers of Racial Profiling

The bombing and shootings in Norway made me remember an experience I had with racial profiling in 2003, when I worked at an airport kiosk and encountered a Norwegian man taking pictures of workers loading a passenger plane. I wrote about the incident at my old blog, Confessions of a Jersey Goddess, in 2007. ...more

Arizona Immigration Law Takes Partial Effect Amid Protests and Legal Wrangling

Protesters in Arizona and elsewhere have spent the day decrying SB1070, Arizona's controversial immigration control law, even though a judge's July 28 ruling barred the enforcement of the measure's most contentious provisions. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion for the temporary injunction July 6 as part of its lawsuit. ...more

Bollywood star's airport row kicks off security, culture debate

I had planned to skip this entirely. It simply wasn't worth a post. But the headlines in India took days to change, and then, the Americans picked it up. ...more

Snigdha, I feel something else must have happened, because he seemed really upset. Maybe it ...more

Arrest, Apology Demand, and Reflection of Henry Louis Gates Jr.

America entered the new year knowing it had elected the first African-American president but also seeing video of a white BART police officer shooting Oscar Grant, an Africa-American, in the back, killing him as another officer pinned him to the ground. In May, on YouTube, the world watched a black EMT being choked by a white Oklahoma state trooper against the EMT's ambulance while a patient awaited transport to the hospital inside. ...more

I have read the entire comment section.  (You knew that I would)

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Cell phone videos of police killing spark calls for change

Thanks to cameraphones, Youtube and blogs, people around the world saw a young transit police officer fatally shoot 22-year-old Oscar Grant III in the back as he laid face down on an Oakland, California subway platform. The shooting, which took place in the early ours of New Years' day, touched off violence-laced protests in a city whose history of troubled police-community relations stretches back decades. While the city considers possible criminal charges against the officer, Grant's family has filed a $25 million wrongful death suit. ...more

I hear the cop has been charged with murder.  I hope justice is served. This was a horrible ...more

Living on (Borrowed) Tulsa Time

Starting on 1 November 2007 if you hire, house or even give a ride to an undocumented worker, you can go to a prison for up to a year in Oklahoma. Say what? Continued at pajamadeen.com. ...more