Thank you for exploring Why.Race.Still.Matters with us! Here is a bit more about the people behind the message:
Yasmine is a proud single mother, avid traveler, professional multi-tasker, writer for the lifestyle blog FortuneTwenties, alumna of Spelman College and a law student at Rutgers School of Law. Race still matters because one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime, the achievement gap has existed and persisted for decades, African American women are contracting HIV at alarming rates , and the unemployment rate in the black community is constantly higher than other ethnic groups. Difference in life experiences along racial lines is a real phenomenon that we will explore here. Hopefully we will uncover, through meaningful discussion, why.race.still.matters today.
Baї Kamara is an international development youth specialist. She joined the Why.Race.Still.Matters team after listening in on a group of young people from South Africa and Newark, NJ engage in a cross-cultural dialogue. It was clear that there is a lack of consciousness and awareness within our young people today. She hopes that through her contribution to this blog we can bring awareness to the world as to why.race.still.matters.
Portia Allen-Kyle is a graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Economics; she earned an M.A. in African-American Studies from Columbia University and holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She has taught undergraduate courses on race/ethnicity, law, family, and mass communication at both Rutgers University and St. Thomas Aquinas College. She loves concerts, comedy, live theater, traveling, and is a hip-hop aficionado. Her interest in race stems from tons of racial miscommunications and her experience as an academic focused on the pervasiveness of race in the experiences of law, policing practices, and the lives of youth and communities of color. Through this endeavor she hopes to inspire people to think critically about race and begin to move the conversation towards the direction of collective healing and collaboration towards a future where, perhaps, race won’t matter.