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For Jesse Washington's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Anger at Ferguson case split between emotion, evidence

Nov 26, 2014

Anger at Ferguson case split between emotion, evidence

Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, a black teenager. What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept ...

Should white mom be paid for brown baby mistake?

Oct 16, 2014

Should white mom be paid for brown baby mistake?

What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby? It is an unusual question, arising from an unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong. And it has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality ...

Dec 9, 2013

There are few heirs apparent to Mandela's symbol of freedom

The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression — and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela’s iconic power. There are a few people whose trials have made them ...

De Blasio shatters racial taboo

Nov 17, 2013

De Blasio shatters racial taboo

Another milestone is passing in America’s racial journey: The next mayor of New York City is a white man with a black wife. Even in a nation with a biracial president, where interracial marriage is more accepted than ever, Bill de Blasio’s marriage to ...