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Interfaith solidarity rising in Texas

Americans are joining alliances, non-profit organizations, churches, mosques, synagogues and other organizations that are proactively engaging each other across religious boundaries. Interfaith solidarity helps bring to life what we have in common and what we can learn from our differences.

Seeing privilege — and the obligations that go with it

Acknowledging that certain groups have privilege can be uncomfortable for those who wish to believe we live in a meritocracy. The reality is that everybody has a combination of unearned advantage and unearned disadvantage in life. Acknowledging privilege forces me to wrestle with the question: What do I have that I didn’t earn?

Teen dads need support, too

Silent disregard for teen dads trickles down to a lack of programming and parental support for them. Traditionally relegated only to the role of financial child support, teen fathers actually play an active role in caring for their child, despite assumptions to the contrary.

Rejecting historic prejudice: My father’s quiet accomplishment

I don't want to elevate my Dad in death to something more than he was in life. His good will and tolerance certainly had limits. But he did something that wasn't easy. He left the familiar confines of his hometown and refused to embrace historical racial prejudice. His decision came at a cost. He returned home as an outsider, someone whose attitudes towards race were not "traditional."

In Texas redistricting fight, a can of worms for everyone

As the Evenwel v. Abbott redistricting case goes before the Supreme Court this week, there may be temptation to see it as yet another in the long chain of struggles between Anglos and Hispanics over power in Texas. But if maps have to be redrawn, the impact of Evenwel could be far more dramatic.

Austin's "black problem" is a class problem

Some say Austin — the only fast-growing large city in the country that's losing African-American residents — has a black problem. As I myself consider leaving, I realize that it's more complicated than that. Here's the truth: Elitism is Austin's new normal.