Rich Benjamin

African American writer Rich Benjamin spent two years living in — and writing about — America’s whitest neighborhoods. The response to his book (and TED Talk) was honest, raw — and sometimes misunderstood his purpose. Here, he responds to the response.

For many young black men in America, systemic bias and racism make the simplicity of childhood unjustly complicated. In a letter to the son he may someday have, poet Clint Smith reflects on the lessons he learned as a child and shares his hopes for his future son.


Did Michael Brown receive the death penalty — only without any recourse to a fair trial? Criminal sentencing scholar Jelani Exum thinks so. Hear more from her along with 9 other provocative, thought-provoking takes on contemporary race issues within America.

The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have rocked the world with questions of systemic racism and injustice. But beyond policy reform, what can ordinary people do to combat racism?


Mellody Hobson asks us all to be open about race — not to avoid talking about it. Which is amazing — and a particularly useful message after a few weeks in which loud opinions about the subject have all but drowned out thoughtful discussion.