Yes, we still have a big race problem

A Philadelphia Starbucks protest (Mark Makela/Reuters) Let’s review some recent racial bias incidents in the U.S., ranging from the outrageous to the ridiculous. There were incidents where cops were called on black men in Starbucks, on black people having a barbecue...

Why not Straight Pride? Here’s why

(Canadian Prime Minster gets into Pride spirit. AFP/Getty images) June is officially LGBTQ Pride month, but you wouldn’t know it from the radio silence on the matter, two years running, from the White House. It’s been celebrated every year in June since...

Racism’s New Normal

  Robert Kennedy, building a Rainbow Coalition Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles, minutes after he was projected to win the California primary and was – maybe, we’ll never know – on a path to securing the...

The case for mocking bigotry

Does it seem like every day this month you’ve heard about people, white people, calling the cops or security on people of color sitting in Starbucks (more than once), coming out of their Air BNBs, sleeping in the common area of their dormitories, trying to return a...

Coffee and Bias

Next month Starbucks will close 8,000 of its locations for implicit bias training. This is in the wake of the incident you’ve probably heard of: the Philadelphia Starbucks store manager who called the cops that led to the arrests of two black men. What we know about...

The First White President

Post-mortems on election 2016 are continuing. Hillary Clinton’s new book is one long What Went Wrong exploration. We’ve been told that economic anxiety is what drove so many white working class voters to Trump, especially in the Rust Belt region that...

P&G undeterred by backlash to “The Talk” ad

It’s summer, so you may have been away from the TV and may have seen Proctor and Gamble’s new ad. It’s titled “The Talk,  part of a larger advertising campaign titled “My Black is Beautiful.” The ad, uploaded to YouTube last week, shows black mothers throughout...