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Memo to the Washington Post: If Seeing an Interracial Couple Makes You Gag, You Don’t Have a ‘Conventional View’

New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray.

Actually, 87 percent of Americans think interracial marriage is just fine.

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Abortion Is Not Like Slavery, So Stop Comparing the Two

If abortion is like slavery—indeed, if abortion is the most divisive issue since slavery—then what of the women who suffered under slavery? What of the women who performed self-abortions in order to resist slavery? They cease to exist.

If abortion is like slavery—indeed, if abortion is the most divisive issue since slavery—then what of the women who suffered under slavery? What of the women who performed self-abortions in order to resist slavery? They cease to exist.

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Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘I Don’t Want to Stand Here Again’

Melissa Harris-Perry lists the latest name, Renisha McBride, in a long string of Black shooting victims in states bound by “Stand Your Ground” laws.

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A Public Conversation Between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

The New School is hosting its scholar-in-residence, bell hooks, and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry in conversation. [via Colorlines]

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Where the Safety Net Won’t Catch Us: How Obamacare Fails Black Women on Maternal Health

Black women in America are more likely than their white counterparts to experience poor pregnancy outcomes.

Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, Black women will still be plagued by the chronic stress that comes with simply being Black in the United States.

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Straight Hair Is Not the Ideal: Justice for Tiana Parker

When I watched 7-year-old Tiana Parker (above) burst into tears on camera, my heart broke at the sight of a child in such pain. Then I became enraged that a school's policy would hurt a young Black girl for wearing her hair naturally, despite it being short and well-kept.

Over 20,000 people joined me in demanding that the Deborah Brown Community School apologize to Tiana Parker, who was sent home for having dreadlocks, and change its racist policy. And our voices were heard.

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It’s Time for a Black Feminist to Head the NAACP

The right woman could help the NAACP ensure that reproductive rights, as well as voting rights and civil rights, are couched as human rights.

The right woman could help the NAACP ensure that reproductive rights, as well as voting rights and civil rights, are couched as human rights.

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How to Use White Privilege for Good

In this story from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a film from World Trust, author and educator Joy DeGruy shares how her sister-in-law uses her white privilege to stand up to systemic racial inequity. For more information on this film, go to www.crackingthecodes.org. [via Upworthy]

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Debt Enforcement Policy Harms Employment Prospects for the Poor

Along with the enactment of welfare reform 17 years ago this August came tougher practices in debt enforcement—which, in many cases, lands the poor behind bars.

Along with the enactment of welfare reform 17 years ago this August came tougher practices in debt enforcement—which, in many cases, lands the poor behind bars, leads to suspensions in drivers’ licenses, and other practices that make finding work much harder.

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Fannie Lou Hamer and Her Dream for Jobs and Freedom

Fannie Lou Hamer speaks at the Democratic National Convention on August 22, 1964, at the Credentials Committee.

In an era when people across the country are asking, “Where are the Black women leaders?” activists like Fannie Lou Hamer serve as a reminder of how many rural Black women have always been strong leaders.

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