Racial Healing

Racial healing refers to the process of how a culture or community attempts to reconcile after certain members have been oppressed, discriminated against, and had their rights violated because of their real or perceived ethnic background. It involves accounting for many different perspectives on justice and healing, and it is impossible to achieve without listening to and trusting the experiences of those who do not fit the culture’s default standard appearance. When those who have benefitted from racial oppression are willing to accept the injustice of those benefits, we become capable of working collectively to dismantle entrenched systems that uphold racism and transform our environments to benefit all.

Her Family Owned Slaves. How Can She Make Amends?

Stacie Marshall, who inherited a Georgia farm, is trying on a small scale to address a generations-old wrong that still bedevils the nation.

Shadow Generation

The murder of a family friend changed the course of my life. His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi. Four days after 9/11, he was shot in the back in front of his gas station by a man who yelled when arrested, “I’m a patriot! Arrest me and let those terrorists run wild.”

Imagination and Fortitude

Jason Reynolds both embodies and inspires innate human powers of fortitude and imagination.

The Trauma of an American Untouchable

Arisika Razak shares her reflections on trauma, oppression, and healing the wounds of racism.

How to Fight Racism Through Inner Work

Rhonda Magee explains how mindfulness-based awareness and compassion is key to racial justice work.

How Can I Say This So We Can Stay in This Car Together?

The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to talk about it, even when it gets uncomfortable.

The Voice of Nelson Mandela

Major speeches and letters from the life and career of South Africa’s first black president, organized by date, topic and readers’ favorites.

Oprah Talks to Nelson Mandela

I had the honor of meeting Mandela in person—and just sitting in the same room with him was like being in the presence of both grace and royalty. Even now, I can hardly believe that after living in a cell for nearly three decades, he is unscathed by bitterness.

Address Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

A rise in violence against the Asian community this past week prompted me to revisit this article from July, where I outlined the rising anti-Asian sentiment prompted by COVID-19 and the previous administration.

A Conversation with Alice Walker

The bestselling author discusses her role as a global citizen and her connection with nature, history, and activism