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April 21st, 2010

This is an excerpt from a post first published at the Progressive Policy Institute. Millions of Sudanese have just finished voting in their country’s first multiparty elections in 24 years. Election officials estimate that, in a relatively peaceful process, turnout of registered voters exceeded 70 percent nationwide, including up to 55 percent in one state […]

March 29th, 2010

In 1994, Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray warned us in The Bell Curve that “genetic partitioning” was increasingly responsible for economic and intellectual disparity. “Success and failure in the American economy, and all that goes with it,” they wrote, “are increasingly a matter of the genes that people inherit.” They were neither the first nor the last to insist […]

March 24th, 2010

This is an excerpt from a post first published at AnythingUrban. I recall living in a predominately white neighborhood for a short time as a youngster. On the surface, social life was fine for me and my two younger sisters; we played with a large number of children that lived in the area — most […]

March 17th, 2010

As we celebrate Black History Month, this guest post by legal scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, continues to help frame the narrative.

March 12th, 2010

This is an excerpt from an article first published at BabyGirlz Magazine. On a February 16, 2010 episode of The Tyra Show, there was a segment titled: “I’m 9 and I Hate my Face.” There were several girls featured, but the caption belonged to a young African-American girl that felt un-pretty based on negative comments […]

February 24th, 2010

The hardships that undocumented workers suffer, which I witnessed firsthand while reporting my book, has me thinking about a term that is frequently used in debates around immigration: “earned citizenship.” The phrase is meant to highlight the fact that immigration reform wouldn’t just grant people amnesty, but force them to follow a path to citizenship […]

February 10th, 2010

In the early 1990s, I had the good fortune to work for Robert B. Reich, then the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He taught me a simple (and free) tool for diagnosing the health of an organization. When he visited companies and talked with employees, Reich listened carefully for the pronouns people used. Did employees refer […]

January 26th, 2010

This post was first published at Haiti, unfortunately, is no different from the others. Tragedy strikes and the media arrives in full occupying force. It’s the story of the moment. Everyone cares. The information and images take up temporary residenceĀ in our collective conscience. Our hearts go out. But, invariably, so do the lights. The […]

January 18th, 2010

This post is from Reese’s travels to Somalia. The East African nation has been devastated by factional fighting that has lasted for two decades and has been without a functioning central government since 1991. About 1.5 million of Somalia’s people are internally displaced. The sun burned my skin through my t-shirt and the ocean wind […]

December 6th, 2009

A version of this post was first published at This week marks the one-year anniversary of that fateful Tuesday last December when I took off on my bicycle from Los Angeles, en route to see President Obama’s inauguration in Washington D.C. to document this historic moment in our nation’s history. I gained so many […]

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