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Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director Still Unsure If White Supremacist's Charleston Attack Was Terrorism | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey said Thursday he's still not sure whether the killings of nine African-Americans inside a church in South Carol...

The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism and Antiracism Must Be Linked

Kimberle Crenshaw | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Kimberle Crenshaw

We can no longer give mere lip service to intersectionality and the indivisibility of social justice. The struggle against patriarchy and racism must be substantively robust and inextricably intertwined.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Families of Charleston Victims 'Sick And Tired' Of Waiting For Congress To Act | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Family members of the nine people killed in last month's shooting in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, traveled to ...

Confederate Flag Faces Decisive Vote In South Carolina Legislature

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

(Recasts throughout with debate, amendments) By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., July 8 (Reuters) - The campaign to remo...

"God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign, No More Water But Fire Next Time;" Black Church Burnings Post Charleston Tragedy

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Over the years there has been a long list of attacks targeting predominantly Black churches in the United States as a mode of social control and as a manifestation of terror and White supremacy.

Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.06.2016 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

The title of this post is distinctly ideological and, I believe, holds implications for a discussion of the medicalization of madness and mental illness.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: 'Act Of Terrorism' In Charleston Should Serve As A 'Wake-Up Call' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The killing of nine members of a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist was "clearly an act of terr...

Take Down the Confederate Flag - And Raise Up Medicaid Expansion

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

It's tempting, this summery week, to sit and savor the sweet victory that was handed us by the Supreme Court in late June with the King v. Burwell decision. The court's ruling protected the health care subsidies that allow 6.4 million people to afford their health insurance.

The Chilling Effect of Banishing Symbols of Hate

Michael Meyers | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Michael Meyers

Leo Tolstoy said, "History would be something extraordinary if only it were true." True history is not scary or offensive. True history is eye-opening and jarring.

Burning Churches: African American Christian Leaders and Activists Declare WORR (Week of Righteous Resistance)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 07.06.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Join in action against the trend of burning black churches. Even one intentional arson is one too many and is a threat to racial peace in America.

The Loose Ends of Racism

TueNight | Posted 07.06.2016 | Black Voices

People finally seem willing to broach the topic of race. I don't want to talk. I want to cry. I want to fight back. I want to run away. I am a writer who has time and time and time again opened herself up to discuss race and the criticism that comes in response. I'm no longer done. I am undone.

Reconciliation and the Charleston Killer's Other Flags

Louis Freedberg | Posted 07.02.2016 | World
Louis Freedberg

When I think about the killings in Charleston, two images of South Africa, where I was born and raised -- one anachronistic and repulsive, another timely and affirming -- churn in my mind.

NASCAR Fans Ignore Request To Leave Confederate Flags At Home

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Sports

Confederate flags flew in full force at NASCAR's Coke Zero 400 race last weekend despite event officials asking fans to keep the controversial banner ...

How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

The Way of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.02.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I believe that hope isn't a feeling, a mood or a personality type. Rather, hope is a decision, a choice we make because of this thing we call faith.

Charleston and Our Need for a Change of Heart

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 07.02.2016 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

State Senator Paul Thurmond, the youngest son of former U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, once the standard-bearer of the Old South, recently stood on the floor of the South Carolina Senate and delivered a speech calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from the State Capitol.

Confronting Slavery on Independence Day

Honor Sachs | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Every year on Independence Day, we celebrate the fact that the past is not past, coming together as a nation to celebrate the past, to revere the past, to honor the collective ideals upon which our nation was founded. We pay tribute to the ideals of freedom and liberty and remember that "all men are created equal."

The President Sings of Grace

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The marriage victory required decades of work by countless people. More work remains, from transgender and immigrant rights to police reform, employment protections, and rebuffing the false pose of victimhood by religious bullies.

Sandy Hook, Charleston and How About Some Gun Control?

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Sarah Illingworth

One would think the ease with which both Lanza and allegedly Dylann Roof were able to obtain weapons would in and of itself make a solid case for gun control legislation in the U.S. to finally be tightened.

Charleston's Emanuel AME: A Catalyst for Change?

Rev. James J. Maher, C.M. | Posted 07.02.2016 | Religion
Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.

As we celebrate the independence of our nation this week, I am comforted to believe, to hope and to pray that, in time, we might reflect on this heartbreaking event as a harbinger not of hate and division, but of a new era of unity and peace in our nation for all its people.

Republicans, Take Down That Flag -- And Stand Up for Voting Rights

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Doing away with official reverence for the Confederate battle flag is largely a symbolic move that doesn't come close to addressing the problems surrounding race in America, including disparities in treatment by the criminal justice system and the resurgence of voter suppression laws and other schemes designed to rig the elections in favor of powerful conservative interests.

Was Obama's Eulogy the Best Piece of Presidential Theology Since Lincoln's Second Inaugural?

Rev. Stephen Kendrick | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Rev. Stephen Kendrick

Presidents do not generally aim for religious transcendence, much less attempt to plumb the purposes of God, but Obama's eulogy was undergirded by another president's difficult grappling with the meaning of overwhelming violence.

To the North, From the South

Caroline Giegerich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Caroline Giegerich

We, the South, are not just Confederate flags and racist gunmen. We're not just BBQ and cornbread. We're not a collection of dunces because we drive slower than you do or choose to greet someone in a store rather than glare at them in silence. We smile and we don't take ourselves too seriously.

How Mitt Romney and Retailers Dismantled Dixie

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

When the disillusioned 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, the tragedy quickly focused on the legacy of the Confederate flag and its tacit endorsement of racism. For presidential candidates courting southern conservatives, this called for high-wire political acts.