I Have the Right to Own a Gun, But Not to Basic Needs

I Have the Right to Own a Gun, But Not to Basic Needs

In a recent Michigan court case, a federal judge has sided with a local funeral home in a ruling the Human Rights Campaign has described as a “dangerous precedent.” What makes this case so dangerous? In the court proceedings, the funeral home owner — accused of...
Death by Traffic Stop

Death by Traffic Stop

What’s worse than being pulled over nearly 50 times? Believe it or not, quite a few things. Like racking up over $7,000 in fines and fees when you make just $30,000 a year. Or bearing the constant stress of being pulled over and fined, finally paying off one...
They’re Killing Us. Help Us Stop Them.

They’re Killing Us. Help Us Stop Them.

The weekend of June 12 sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions I never thought possible. The previous Friday, I was an invited participant in the first-ever White House Summit for African American LGBTQ Youth. I felt amazingly supported, empowered, and valued — by my...
The Accessibility of Health Coverage

The Accessibility of Health Coverage

My friend Brian — who uses a mobility device to move around — can today gain access to more stores than a mobility-impaired person could two decades ago. Thanks to social movements and federal policy changes, many public locations are now required to make...
Those Bad Old Days Are Still with Us

Those Bad Old Days Are Still with Us

The Oscar-nominated film “The Help” has already earned armfuls of awards. But I’m not a fan. The sentimental film reminds me how far the United States, and Hollywood in particular, has to go. When Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American...
Unemployed for Life?

Unemployed for Life?

Across the country, in every region and at companies large and small, unemployed people are being told they are ineligible to apply for vacancies. Everyone knows that it’s illegal to discriminate in hiring when it comes to factors like race, gender, disability...

Segregation Still Strong 150 Years after the Civil War Began

Good old Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi. He helps keep life in perspective. When he defended Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s infamous recollection of the Confederacy that somehow failed to mention slavery, Barbour called the issue a...