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Racial Identity



Coming to terms with our racial identity can be a journey of celebration and struggle. Our racial identity can be tied to our physical appearance, the way we speak, our customs and beliefs, and both the recent and historic political history of our ancestral peoples. Like many other public aspects of our identity, there can be a disconnect or tension between how we see ourselves and how others see us. And for those of us in multicultural or immigrant families, we may feel like we need to choose or constantly switch between identities, never fully belonging anywhere. Figuring out how we fit in as part of “my people” can be an internal and external struggle of belonging, recognition, and respect, but it can also lead to authenticity, wholeness, and joy.

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I Am Not Black, You Are Not White

These labels were made up to divide us. I am not black, you are not white. Drop the labels.

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God of the Oppressed

A landmark in the development of Black Theology and the first effort to present a systematic theology drawing fully on the resources of African-American religion and culture.

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Muhammad Ali and the Complexity of Black Identity

More than any athlete of his time, Ali challenged the nation’s limiting notions of black identity.

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Lawyer Destroys Racism

It’s time to take Racism to court.

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The Spirituals and the Blues

Cone explores two classic aspects of African-American culture--the spirituals and the blues--and tells the captivating story of how slaves and the children of slaves used this music to affirm their essential humanity in the face of oppression.

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Obama’s People and the African Americans: The Language of Othering

To the list of identities Black people in America have assumed or been asked to, we can now add, thanks to this presidential election season, “Obama’s people” and “the African Americans.”

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America Ferrera: My Identity Is a Superpower—Not an Obstacle

Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media—and a shift in how we tell our stories.

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Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare

This groundbreaking and highly acclaimed work examines the two most influential African-American leaders of this century. While Martin Luther King, Jr., saw America as essentially a dream . . . as yet unfulfilled, Malcolm X viewed America as a realized nightmare.

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The Intersection of Race and Neurodivergence: “The Black Dyspraxic” Shares on Overcoming Barriers

Neurodivergent individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD have been educated in a system that was ill designed for them to thrive. Therefore, people with these learning differences will display admirable qualities such as problem-solving skills and determination.

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Are Hispanics White? | Decoded | MTV News

Are Hispanic and Latino racial categories? Well, according the US Census they're not. And with good reason! Just like the US, Latin America has an incredibly complex racial history and latinx in America represent this highly varied background.

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