How to Talk About Race with Your Kids

It'd be wonderful if you could just say to children, "People might look different and come from different places, but we're all equal and should be treated the same" and leave it at that. But if recent news has taught us anything, it's that reality is not so simple, and we need to face the topics of race and racism… » 1/23/15 2:06pm Friday 2:06pm

When the Opera Acts Like It's Never Seen a Black Person Before

The man at the opera tells me I'm disgusting, but in a lot of ways, he's lucky. There is no moisture in the air. I slept the night before in braids. It's a matinee, so I'm holding a very strong day vibe: more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance. My hair is being tame for my… » 1/20/15 12:10pm Tuesday 12:10pm

How to Deal with a Racist Relative Over the Holidays

Do you have the misfortune of spending the holidays with one or more of your racist relatives? Are you not sure what to say when they unleash their casual, subtle or overt racism at the dinner table? If so, Franchesca Ramsey—creator of Shit White Girls Say...to Black Girls—has you covered with this thoroughly helpful… » 12/23/14 5:40pm 12/23/14 5:40pm

Whoopi Goldberg Has Some Pretty Dumb Ideas About Racism

On Thursday's edition of The View, the panel brought up First Lady Michelle Obama's "revelation" that the Obamas still get racially profiled. While President Obama has been mistaken for a waiter and a valet, Michelle was recently asked to assist a customer during a visit to Target. Whoopi Goldberg doesn't see any of… » 12/18/14 12:50pm 12/18/14 12:50pm

Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014

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On Wednesday, after the announcement that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner, the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund Twitter posted a series of tweets naming 76 men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York. Starting with the most… » 12/08/14 2:23pm 12/08/14 2:23pm

Women File Class Action Suit Against Sephora For Alleged Racism

Following Sephora's disastrous 20% off sale a few weeks ago, when loyal customers were were unable to purchase products because of website failures and others said they had been permanently locked out of their accounts because they were of Asian descent, four women have filed a class action lawsuit against the… » 11/19/14 1:50pm 11/19/14 1:50pm

A Child's Treasury of This Year's Most Offensive Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween! If you're going out in the world tonight, there's a good chance you'll see racist idiots dressed up like racist idiots, because Halloween is racist idiot Christmas: Whether you're at a frat party, a parade, or even a family event, there's bound to be one sad soul in blackface, yellowface, Arabface,… » 10/31/14 1:35pm 10/31/14 1:35pm

Drunk Tour Guide on Her Last Day on the Job: 'Fuck the Chinese'

San Francisco is often referred to as a cultural melting pot, and many assume that people who are racist, sexist, heterosexist and all other manner of -ist just don't live here. Unfortunately, a wonderful tour guide is here to prove the world wrong with her hate-filled rant about the Chinese, » 10/23/14 7:20pm 10/23/14 7:20pm