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Should driver’s licenses include race? Panelists Nancy Mwirotsi, Lata D’Mello, Dan-el Padilla Peralta talk about whether Iowa driver’s licenses should include a driver’s race. The panel was conducted after a showing of “Mother of George” at the Define American Film …

What does it mean to act white?

What does it mean to “act whiter?” White actors never have to grapple with this question while minority actors are constantly asked to play stereotypical versions of their race or ethnicity in auditions. Mic has turned the tables. Like …

A humorous, hypothetical look at what would happen if different generations of Americans sat down and talked about immigration.

What it means to be American, by Vishakha N. Desai “Mr. Jindal pronounced that he was “done with” describing Americans by their ethnic identity. “We are not Indian Americans, African Americans, Irish Americans, rich Americans or poor Americans; we are …

Fact:  Nearly half of white Millennials believe that discrimination against white people has become as big a problem as discrimination against racial minority groups. Fact:  Only 1 in 5 young people are very comfortable talking about race. WATCH: the exclusive …

MTV to Air 'White People' Documentary From Jose Antonio Vargas (Exclusive)

What does white privilege mean to you? Do you talk about race at the dinner table? What’s it like to see your community change as immigrant populations move in? These are the kinds of tough questions Define American’s Jose …

Rev. Ryan Eller on Emanuel AME Church Tragedy

From Define American’s Executive Director, Rev. Ryan M. Eller: “As a person of faith, I’m heartbroken by this senseless violence. While the details of what happened last night are still unfolding, we do know the history of the …

The boxes that define American

Why do we all have to fit into outdated “boxes”? And, how long will it take before they more accurately reflect our country’s racial and ethnic make-up? Define American Development Director writes in an op/ed for The Hill.

The definition of American is flexible: it is not limited to a single racial combination, or economic achievement. So why then, do some of us claim mixed heritage out of moments of convenience? ‪#‎WhichBox‬ are you? …

Recently, Presidential candidate Jeb Bush had a bit of a kerfuffle, accidentally marking “Hispanic,” on a 2009 voter registration form. While he was able to laugh off the mistake in graceful fashion,  interesting questions arise: how outdated are our methods of …