Mary Landrieu: Race issues hurt Obama in La.

Republicans are seizing on Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s comments that part of President Barack Obama’s unpopularity in her state is due to his racial animus. In an interview Thursday with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, the Democratic incumbent was asked why Obama has such poor job performance ratings in Louisiana. After naming energy policy and his [...]

American Blindness to the Racism All Around Us

One of the contradictions of American society is that although race is central to the nation’s history—a fact few deny—Americans often seem to struggle to see the ways that historical legacy continues to influence life today. (My colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates noted this tendency this week in a piece on comments Charles Barkley made about black [...]

Is U.S. education policy keeping poor people in poverty?

The United States has a national policy of keeping poor people poor. This policy isn’t a sinister capitalist plot. It is, however, a purposeful ongoing national policy that has the effect of keeping people poor. We know people living in poverty in America are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic-American. Thus, the inaction of policymakers to rectify [...]

The Leadership Conference Urges Education Department to Maintain Accountability in State Waiver Renewals

In a letter issued October 27, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urged Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education to hold states to rigorous standards when renewing waivers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The letter calls for a continued federal commitment to equal educational opportunity, stating, “Our families, [...]

Study: Black Republicans trust government the most

Though Herman Cain, Don King and Condoleezza Rice may pull levers for GOP candidates in midterm elections next week, they aren’t typical Republican voters. This is because, according to Gallup, just 2 percent of Republicans are black. But Cain et al aren’t just outliers when it comes to race and politics. According to a recent [...]

Wall Street lacks diversity

Wall Street may lead America in financial rewards, but it is a laggard when it comes to diversity. The lack of diversity among its CEOs and managing partners is notorious. Now a survey by Vettery, a recruiting firm, reports that the Street fails the test among its first year hires as well. It isn’t only [...]

In Democratic Election Ads in South, a Focus on Racial Scars

In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin’s death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation — to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington. The images and words they are [...]

Black figures hanged in Halloween scene outside Kentucky home

A Halloween display — apparently showing an African-American family hanging from a tree branch — was recently removed from a yard in Kentucky. The setting appeared to feature two adult and two child mannequins, as seen in a photograph published on The image shows a knife in the back of one of the adolescents, [...]

Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate

One of the intriguing questions that lingered in the aftermath of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election was whether the voters who turned out to elect him were a historic but transitory phenomenon or whether they foreshadowed a dramatic and perhaps permanent change to the electoral map. At the center of this new electoral constituency were voters of color and, [...]