Comedian Hari Kondabolu on punching up and kicking down
(RNS) — Hari Kondabolu might be the only comic in the world with a Netflix special and a graduate degree in human rights.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on her journey, her resilience and her hopes for our future
(RNS) — ‘The decaying of the soul often leads to decaying of societies, of countries, of nations, of the world.’
More than 1 billion people celebrate on Diwali. What does it mean to them?
(RNS) — In the various stories that make Oct. 27 a holy day for so many, we have models of what true righteousness looks like. They are sharp rejoinders of what we should be doing and how we should be living.
A pat-down at the airport passes the shame of racial profiling to my 3-year-old
(RNS) — Racial profiling takes a toll on our deepest and most sacred relationships, reason enough to end this damaging and painful practice.
Jagmeet Singh’s civility is praiseworthy, but even nice racism is still racism
(RNS) — Celebrating the kind way in which a man told a Canadian politician he should remove his turban misses the point entirely.
Sikh deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal: a life of service on the front lines of change
(RNS) — Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal accepted the risks of creating awareness, forging new relationships and building trust for Sikhs like him and minorities everywhere.
How do we make sense of Justin Trudeau in brownface?
(RNS) — Even when we excuse the perpetuation of stereotypes by claiming ignorance or good intentions, it’s undeniable that they impact others in harmful ways.
We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine
(RNS) — Seeing oneness in difference is the only way I know for us to move beyond our supremacies and to begin treating one another as equals.
‘Blinded by the Light’ makes a savior of Springsteen
(RNS) — A distant American icon comes alive for a Sikh and a Muslim in a British factory town and changes their lives forever.
Gurinder Chadha: ‘I started my career as a way of combating racism’
(RNS) — British director Gurinder Chadha’s latest film, ‘Blinded by the Light,’ depicts a lost teenager in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain finding salvation through perhaps the unlikeliest of saviors — Bruce Springsteen.
Why do racists hate ethnic and religious clothing?
(RNS) — Seeing someone dressed in unfamiliar attire, like a Punjabi kurta pajama, may cause confusion or raise an eyebrow. It should not be a cause for hate.
What it feels like to be told ‘Go back where you came from’
(RNS) — Divisive rhetoric is a serious threat to our dignity, but when people tell me to ‘go back’ to where I came from, my response is simple: I ask them what they have against Texans.
Conquering NBA fans’ hearts, Tacko Fall shows how sports bring us together
(RNS) — The love shown to a Senegalese Muslim basketball player — in a political moment of immense anti-immigrant, anti-black and anti-Muslim bigotry — shows us what a politically useful function sports can serve.
Raising a progressive Hindu voice to counter Indian Modi’s increasing power
(RNS) — Sunita Vishwanath founded Sadhana in 2011 to counter those in India and abroad who she believes are co-opting Hinduism for political gain.
Julián Castro: Democrats ‘put in a box’ on religion and morality
(RNS) — For both sides, treating human beings with basic respect and dignity, no matter who they are, is a test.