| Aug 22, 2013
| 2:46 PM
"Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?"
So asks Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of The Grio, a Web magazine owned by NBC News whose mission is to "focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the...
| Jul 17, 2013
The California kid whose first full-length feature film wowed the judges at Sundance and Cannes this year is now showing it off to the world. "Fruitvale Station," about Oscar Grant, the young black man shot and killed by a transit police officer in...
| Jul 31, 2013
Historian Brenda E. Stevenson (pictured in her UCLA office, with an African sculpture) mostly writes about the long-gone — 18th and 19th century African Americans, and the lives of enslaved women. Then came the case that made history while L.A....
| Apr 5, 2012
In the wake of the media blackout imposed last week by Angela Corey, the newly appointed special prosecutor investigating February's fatal shooting of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the media has had no choice but to cover the story surrounding the...
| Jul 30, 2013
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only...
| Jul 21, 2013
This may be rude to say. It may be harsh.
And as a journalist, I probably shouldn't think this way.
Sorry, but I have to say it.
I want the George Zimmerman jurors to shut up. For a long time. Six months would be a good start.
In fact, I want jurors...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 3:06 PM
A famous statue of Jackie Robinson at a minor league ballpark in Brooklyn was vandalized the other day, defaced and desecrated with swastikas and ugly racist slurs.
"Hile Hitler," some sub-human scrawled in black pen. "Die [N-word]. [F-word] Jackie...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:45 AM
President Barack Obama is right: All Americans could benefit from some soul-searching about race in America. This is not a message that many white Americans — or many nonwhite Americans — want to hear. The only thing people like less than...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 5:20 PM
Najee Ali is an old hand at activism. Jesse Jackson was his mentor; he's Al Sharpton's protege. So Ali thought he had everything in place for a peaceful protest of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case this week.
But somewhere between the opening...
| Aug 4, 2013
You don't have to be a liberal or a proponent of gay rights to be outraged by the declaration of Russia's sports minister Thursday that his country's harsh new laws banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" will be enforced during the 2014...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 7:08 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Think what you will about the protesters outside Gov. Rick Scott's office who want Florida lawmakers to address their long list of grievances: from racial profiling and voter disenfranchisement to "stand your ground."