April 2013

The crisis is over; now the politics begins. On MSNBC, I debrief the Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath from the perspective of Muslim and Sikh American communities. America stands at a crossroads: Will we go down the road of fear and division, as we saw after 9/11? I believe another future is possible. Here's why.

Published on Washington Post. With the news that two suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing are accounted for, one dead and the other in custody, I breathed a sigh of relief. A terror-stricken week that began with bombings and ended with shootouts was finally over. But the moment the suspects were identified as Muslim marked a new period of anxiety and vulnerability for millions of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Americans, including me. As a Sikh American who has chronicled hate crimes and profiling against our communities since Sept. 11,

"Now is the time to turn that heartbreak into something real," said President Obama 100 days after the Newtown mass shooting. On MSNBC, I discuss the rise of a diverse movement calling upon Congress to take action on gun violence prevention legislation. You can join Newtown clergy leaders and take action with Groundswell here!

Sheryl Sandburg asks women to hold fast to personal ambition and "lean in" at work. My question: When women in power lean in, who are they leaning on? What is the good life -- and for whom? I had the chance to lift up perspectives among Millennial women and women of color on MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry Show." Check it out above! Here's my follow-up article on MSNBC: "'Lean In'? For Millennials, the question is what are we leaning toward?" And another on CNN: "Our Struggle to Have it

Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog. As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two marriage equality cases last week, my partner and I watched the television set with bated breath. When the camera zoomed in on the steps of the Supreme Court, and LGBTQ Americans took the podium to tell their stories, we took one another’s hand and choked back tears. We are a straight couple. The Supreme Court’s decisions on Proposition 8 and DOMA will decide the fate not only of about 9 million LGBTQ Americans and 14 million