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August 27, 2013
MomsRising Note: Thank you, Rinku Sen, for allowing us to cross-post from Colorlines . We encourage our readers to visit the website for ongoing coverage of racial and social justice, as well as leave comments to the writer below. Many thanks! Building a New Racial Justice Movement Protestors march at Austin, Tex., Justice for Trayvon rally on July 20, 2013. Photo: Ann Harkness/Wikimedia Commons This week, the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with events in Washington, D.C., and many other cities. A hot summer of race news—Moral...
November 7, 2011
When I was about three years old, I observed something that formed one of my earliest memories. Sitting outside of my mother’s family home in Calcutta at twilight, I saw a man on the street walking very fast with a toddler in his arms. I think it was a boy. A few steps behind them was a woman, running to keep up and begging, “please, please, don’t take my baby.” The child stretched his arms in her direction, wailing. She was clearly the mother, but the man could have been father, uncle, landlord, pimp, anyone. I’ve been thinking about that incident almost daily as we’ve prepared to release...
June 23, 2011
Originally published on Colorlines.com The Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart sex discrimination case this week, a frustrating ruling that doesn't challenge the existence of bias, but that exempts the company from accountability. The case highlights the difficulty of addressing discrimination at a time when intentional bias is both illegal and socially unacceptable, and yet obvious gender and racial gaps remain. If much, perhaps even most, discrimination is unintentional on a personal level, what responsibility do employers (or our government, or each of us as...