Category: Opinion Essays

Sikh Doctor’s Response to Brutal Hate Attack? ‘Love and Service’

Sikh Doctor’s Response to Brutal Hate Attack? ‘Love and Service’

Published on Melissa Harris-Perry Blog, MSNBC. Last Saturday night, a young man dropped his wife and one-year old at home and went for a walk in Harlem. Soon thereafter, he heard “Get Osama!” Twenty men on bicycles chased him down, pulled his beard, and punched […]

A Year Later, Sikhs Keep Up Fight against Gun Violence

A Year Later, Sikhs Keep Up Fight against Gun Violence

Published on CNN. The other night was one of the most sacred and extraordinary events of my life as an advocate. A gathering of people from all around our country with one thing in common: a desire to stop the gun violence that plagues their […]

One Year after Oak Creek: Why the FBI Tracking Hate Crimes Is a Victory

One Year after Oak Creek: Why the FBI Tracking Hate Crimes Is a Victory

Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog, MSNBC. One year after a gunman murdered six people and wounded many more at a Sikh house of worship in Oak Creek, WI, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will begin tracking hate crimes against Sikh […]

Sikhs Find Faith in Oak Creek, One Year Later

Sikhs Find Faith in Oak Creek, One Year Later

Published on Washington Post. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where a lone gunman killed six people in a Sikh house of worship. It was the largest hate-based act of violence on a faith community since the 1963 church bombings […]

Why We Must Remember Oak Creek

Why We Must Remember Oak Creek

Published on Huffington Post. One year ago this morning, a lone gunman walked into a house of worship and stalked the prayer hall, communal kitchen and living rooms. Wherever he saw people, he lifted his gun without expression and fired. He killed six people and […]

Attention to Women’s Diseases Should Reach beyond Angelina Jolie

Attention to Women’s Diseases Should Reach beyond Angelina Jolie

Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog, MSNBC Angelina Jolie’s medical condition is rare and few women could benefit from the genetic testing she received, but her New York Times op-ed has ignited a national conversation about barriers to care for breast cancer. In America today, white women are most likely […]

For Sikhs and Muslims, Fear after a Terror Attack

For Sikhs and Muslims, Fear after a Terror Attack

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. […]

Hesitant About Marriage Equality, Supreme Court? Follow the Millennials’ Lead

Hesitant About Marriage Equality, Supreme Court? Follow the Millennials’ Lead

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 […]

‘Lean in’? For Millennials, the Question Is ‘What Are We Leaning Toward’?

‘Lean in’? For Millennials, the Question Is ‘What Are We Leaning Toward’?

Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry blog. In the public debate raging over Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, we should pay special attention to the voices of young people–women and men of different backgrounds. This week alone, I have heard from dozens of Millennials in their […]

10 Views: Our Struggle To ‘Have It All’

10 Views: Our Struggle To ‘Have It All’

Published on CNN. “Having it all” is having another cultural moment, with the media suddenly awash in the controversy over a new book on women and leadership from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, just weeks after the furor over Yahoo CEO’s Marissa Mayer calling telecommuting employees […]