racial profiling

The Theory Of Justice: One Black Man’s Frightening Encounter With a Cop & His Power

One man's harrowing experience being stopped by a cop just outside his apartment—and the imbalance of power in the exchange.

– Dec 8, 2014

The Blueprint: Black Parents Can “Do Better” Too

An argument for Black parents to turn our backs on white power structures and depend on and support each other—for our children's sake.

– Dec 4, 2014

What Will I Tell My Son? Parenting In the Age of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown

As the Eric Garner grand jury decision winds its way through the news, one mom contemplates what her fear means for her biracial son.

– Dec 4, 2014

Tim Wise on Black Pain: Most White Americans are ‘Completely Oblivious’

Tim Wise boldly goes takes it there: when it comes to race, he writes, most whites are completely oblivious to what it means to be Black in America.

– Dec 4, 2014

Thirteen, Black & Afraid to End Up Like Ferguson

Black teen boys react to Ferguson, wondering what the grand jury decision says about their place in America.

– Dec 1, 2014

12-Year-Old Shot By Police: No Safe Place For Black Children

Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot by police, was a child who had the right to be just that... A CHILD.

– Nov 24, 2014

‘Justice While Black’: A Must-Have Book for Black Families in These Scary Times

The new book 'Justice While Black' gives Black families step-by-step instructions on how to navigate—and survive—the criminal justice system.

– Oct 13, 2014

UPDATE: Dying Black Teen Denied Life-Saving Heart Transplant Because Of Grades Now Is On Transplant List

UPDATE: Anthony Stokes, the dying 15-year-old denied a chance to get a new heart because of his grades and juvenile record, has been put on...

– Aug 13, 2013

This Is My Beautiful, Smart Nephew Miles. He Will Change the World. And #HeIsNotASuspect

Editor’s Note: In response to the George Zimmerman verdict and the flood of responses from its readers, ESSENCE magazine is launching #HeIsNotASuspect, a powerful social...

– Jul 23, 2013

After Trayvon, A White Woman Grapples with White Privilege and White Silence

White privilege wasn't easy for this woman to see, until she considered the death of Trayvon Martin.

– Jul 19, 2013