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Local Opinion: Dear white people: Don’t withdraw from tough conversations on race

Theresa Crimmins, 2019-2020 Fellow. This piece was originally posted in the Arizona Daily Star. "This message is for white people who are upset and feeling paralyzed right now. This message is not for people of color, black…
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WHITE AMERICA HAS NEVER LEARNED TO CARE FOR BLACK PEOPLE

Jennifer Roth-Gordon, 2019-2020 Fellow. This piece was first published on Visible Magazine. "What makes it so difficult for white people to value black lives? What will it take for white Americans to view George Floyd not just…
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Preventing maternal mortality: We have to address the racism first

Bryna Koch, 2019-2020 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "New standards to address the maternal mortality crisis will go into effect July 2020 and aim to improve how hospitals prevent, identify, and treat maternal…
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Institutional racism in health care

Linda Phillips, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "Last week, Sens. Kamela Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both presidential candidates, called attention to the alarmingly high maternal death rates among black women. Both…
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3 Things to Keep Me From Rolling My Eyes at Your White Privilege

Gabriella Cazares-Kelly, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece was first published in Colorlines. “My organization, Indivisible Tohono, encourages civic engagement and education within the Tohono O’odham Nation, because O’odham voices have been largely disregarded and dismissed by the…
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President Trump’s Slur Against American Indians

Noshene Ranjbar, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in Scientific American. "As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I have had the honor of working closely with the Lakota community on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian…
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You Have to be Taught to Hate

Patricia MacCorquordale, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published by Garnet News. "Every other week when I was young, we went to visit my grandmother. The visit always started with her showing us the latest additions…
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Color-shaming is alive and (still) hurtful among Latinxs today

Ada M. Wilkinson-Lee, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece first appeared in Latina Lista. "Watching all the recent media reports and discussions about baseball legend Sammy Sosa’s skin bleaching brings back painful memories for me. It began when…
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White fragility will not protect you from accountability

Michele Pitot. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "Why is anyone surprised that Bill Maher would use the phrase “house n----” without a second thought? An opinionated, empowered white man who has…
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Racism Is Not Isolated

Kate Kenski-2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Huffington Post. "The year has been filled with news stories about racist e-mails sent by Ferguson, Missouri police department officials and officers, University of Oklahoma fraternity…
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