racism


A Cold War Comes Home? Anti-Asian Racism in Light of US-China Hostility

by John Whitehead Racism against Americans of Asian heritage has received significant attention recently. Concerns about anti-Asian hate crimes arose last spring as the Covid-19 pandemic began to affect the United States. The horrifying murders of eight people, six of them Asian, in the greater Atlanta area in March 2021 revived concerns about bigotry toward…


Lethal from the Start: Uranium Mining’s Danger to the Most Vulnerable

by John Whitehead Nuclear weapons kill directly when they are exploded in wartime or in tests. They also kill indirectly: obtaining uranium, the metal used to produce both nuclear power and nuclear weapons, can expose people to radiation or other hazards. The results are often harmful, even lethal. As with nuclear testing, the people exposed…


“The Affairs of a Handful of Natives”: Nuclear Testing and Racism

by John Whitehead While nuclear weapons haven’t been used in war for over 75 years, they’ve still killed and hurt people. Testing of nuclear weapons exposed many to radiation, with terrible health consequences. The people harmed have frequently been from different, far less powerful, ethnic groups. Nuclear weapons’ deadly effects have combined with racial injustice….


Is the Death Penalty Unethical?

by Hannah Cox Is the death penalty unethical? For many years, this was where the debate around capital punishment began (and often ended). While it’s an important question, especially for those concerned with human ethics or coming from a religious background, it is not necessarily the proper place to start the discussion. This is a…


Police Brutality Against the Preborn

by Sarah Terzo Police brutality, which disproportionately affects Black men and women, has been in the news with the horrible deaths of Breanna Taylor and George Floyd, among others. Protests have erupted throughout the country over the past few months. Preborn babies are not exempt from dying by police violence. In fact, there have been…


Planned Parenthood Staff Revolt

by Rachel MacNair   The Uprising Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is one of the regional affiliates of Planned Parenthood, covering New York City and the nearby area, administering several PP centers. A June 18 Open Letter, signed by over 300 people, was published which started: The CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater…


Justice Littered with Injustice: Viewing Just Mercy in a Charged Moment

Editor’s note: to see this movie free in the month of June, 2020, go to  Just Mercy – Watch for Free by Julia Smucker The film Just Mercy (Warner Brothers, 2019) follows attorney Bryan Stevenson’s early career as founding director of the Equal Justice Initiative, providing legal counsel to inmates on Alabama’s death row. In…


Voices on Police Brutality in the Aftermath of the Murder of George Floyd

compiled by Rachel MacNair See the Consistent Life Network’s official statement. See tweet and comments here. +        +       + U.S. police have attacked journalists more than 110 times since May 28 by Laura Hazard Owen, June 1, 2020. As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country one week after…


“Remember Pearl Harbor—Keep ‘Em Dying”: War and Racism in the Pacific

by John Whitehead American planes dropped firebombs on Tokyo 75 years ago, on the night of March 9-10, 1945, killing an estimated 80,000-100,000 people. The firebombing began a six-month-long American bombing campaign against 66 Japanese cities that culminated in the two atomic bombings and killed roughly 400,000 people in total. This killing campaign was the…


Racism and the Death Penalty

by David Cruz-Uribe, OFS The death penalty, the state-sanctioned killing of criminals, continues to be a part of the American justice system. While 140 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, including every other industrialized democracy (except Japan and Taiwan), executions are still regularly carried out in the United States. Its…