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‘Here Is Your Brain on Race’: Democrats Engage in Hearing on Race and Justice

In her testimony, Maya Wiley (above) sought to draw a distinction between overtly racist attitudes and the biases, both conscious and unconscious, that determine the shapes of institutions, and limitations to access experienced by people of color.

Exploring overt racism, unconscious bias, and the ravages of inequality, Democratic lawmakers sought solutions in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.

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Women of Color and Feminism: A History Lesson and Way Forward

It is not the responsibility of feminists of color to tell white feminists we exist and have been a part of the feminist movement for a long time.

It is not the responsibility of feminists of color to tell white feminists we exist and have been a part of the feminist movement for a long time. When feminists of color or Black feminists—or whatever moniker they choose—are passed over and ignored, it is an insult, intentional or not.

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Eve Ensler Is Wrong That for Women and Trayvon Martin, ‘Our Struggles Are One’

Ensler's letter to Martin (pictured above) was not the right place to push an agenda about a campaign to end violence against women, especially without first acknowledging the fear many people are taught to feel about men of color—a fear that is just as present in the women’s movement as it is in each of the United States of America.

Ensler’s letter to Martin was not the right place to push an agenda about a campaign to end violence against women, especially without first acknowledging the fear many people are taught to feel about men of color—a fear that is just as present in the women’s movement as it is in each of the United States of America.

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Melissa Harris-Perry: After the Zimmerman Verdict, We Must Now Grapple With Its Meaning

The Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, talks to Melissa Harris-Perry about the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict.

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‘How Did You Become a Teen Mom?’

Why is it that youth are bombarded with inaccurate information about sex by adults and are then taunted by those same adults whenever "it" (pregnancy) happens to them?

I never quite understand how to answer that question. My immediate response is usually, “Sex—unprotected sex, to be exact.” However, the real answer is far more complex, and some individuals may see my reasons as “excuses” so I usually don’t bother to explain it. But I will now.

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Major Anti-Rape Group Praises DNA Ruling, But What About its Impact on People of Color?

Attorneys for reproductive health-care providers in Texas filed an emergency petition with the Roberts Court Monday morning as a health-care crisis grips the state.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that police officers can collect DNA samples from people who have been arrested for (but not convicted of) a serious crime. Many rape survivors rejoiced. But I was not one of them.

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Dear E.W. Jackson: Giving Me Birth Control Access Isn’t the Same as Burning a Cross on My Lawn

How, pray tell, is allowing low-income women of color non-judgmental access to birth control more dangerous than a group of terrorists who would burn a cross on my lawn?

The Republican Virginia Lt. Gov. candidate said Planned Parenthood has been “far more lethal to Black lives than the KKK ever was.” How is allowing low-income women of color non-judgmental access to birth control more dangerous than a group of cross-burning terrorists?

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It’s Not Just the Diet: Racism Is at Play in Immigrants’ Poor Health Outcomes

A recent New York Times article detailed the health effects of immigration on the Latino community, but it neglected to note one of the likely causes of those health outcomes: racism.

A recent New York Times article detailed the health effects of immigration on the Latino community, but it neglected to note one of the likely causes of those health outcomes: racism.

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T.R.M. Howard: Civil Rights Rabble-Rouser, Abortion Provider

Forty years ago, the March 22, 1973 issue of Jet magazine featured Dr. T.R.M. Howard and a staffer attending a prostrate female patient on its cover, all under a yellow headline: “Legal Abortion: Is it Genocide or Blessing in Disguise?” This remarkable image reportedly depicts preparations for one of the first legal abortions in Illinois (though it could also have been staged).

Just two months after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision and a week after Illinois OKed the procedure on its soil, Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason (or T.R.M.) Howard began performing legal abortions at his Friendship Medical Center in Chicago.

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A Gift to Protect Hardworking Mothers: Immigration Reform

Passing immigration reform that honored and included immigrant women would be a truly great Mother’s Day gift.

Passing immigration reform that honored and included immigrant women would be a truly great Mother’s Day gift.

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