Rinku Sen

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of Colorlines.com.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
On Talking About Race: An Open Letter to Starbucks and USA Today
The conversation on race in our country is changing. Once a subject left to be discussed by civil rights leaders, organizers and a few non-profits, race is now a topic for many. Names like Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and so many more have led to widespread conversations on race...
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence
I’m not a religious person, but I often turn to a Rainer Maria Rilke poem about God, which has these lines:
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Why the AP’s Choice to Drop the I-Word Is a Crucial Victory
We applaud the Associated Press’s announcement that it is eliminating the phrase “illegal immigrant” from the 2013 style guide. The AP Blog quotes Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on the decision:
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight. But That’s Beside the Point
Like many others, I’ve worked for years to get Americans to think expansively and compassionately about immigration. In a decade dominated by the push for what’s been dubbed “comprehensive immigration reform,” I’ve argued that immigrants drive economic growth, pay taxes, add value to the culture, and don’t take jobs from native-born people.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Not Senseless, Not Random: The Deadly Mix of Race, Guns & Madness
It could be terrorism, but we don’t yet know. It could be someone who has a beef with Sikhs. It’s too early to talk about gun control. These statements ran in a continuous loop through my head on Sunday, even when I wasn’t watching coverage of the mass shooting at an active gurdwara in a suburb of Milwaukee. Throughout the day, the hollowness in my solar plexus signaled grief and the tightness in my throat signaled panic, and I felt deep, deep resistance to the notion of saying anything about it.
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Wednesday, September 07, 2011
The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other
September 11 has become a national day of reflection and resolution. Collective reflection creates a story of the event, sometimes more than one. One version of the event’s aftermath is that the country came together while grief acted as a softening agent, breaking down our defenses and judgments. In deep crisis, even people with whom we felt no previous connection became those who needed or offered help.
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Friday, July 17, 2009
What the NAACP Means to Me
As a brown-skinned immigrant who has spent 25 years working for racial justice, I owe a good deal of my life to the legacy of the NAACP. So I’ve watched and attended the organization’s centennial convention in New York this week with both gratitude and the urge to contribute.
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