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'... And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi' Provides a Unique Poetic View of the Hero's Journey

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

This is not a simple play, but it is quite stunningly beautiful in its words, staging and performance. After all, it's not often that the narrator of a play is the Mississippi River as brilliantly portrayed by Kathya Alexander.

It's Time for Another Deal, Mr. President: This Time to Save South Sudan

Tom Andrews | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Tom Andrews

Ultimately, peace is up to the people of South Sudan. But the President's personal involvement coupled with these steps to enforce a peace agreement present the people of South Sudan with something they've been missing since the war began - hope.

Public Opinion on the Confederate Flag and the Civil War

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The Confederate flag is gone from the South Carolina statehouse. But public opinion on the meaning of the symbols of the Confederacy remains divided along racial and regional lines, part of a larger disagreement over the significance of the Civil War revealed in multiple polls.

Symbols of the Confederacy: A Southerner's Revelatory Moments

B.J. Bernstein | Posted 07.12.2015 | Black Voices
B.J. Bernstein

Learning history awakens, enlightens and forces introspection. But when historical items become icons, the facts take a back seat to dogma. South Carolina finally has taken down the symbol that when I was young I did not fully understand. It's now time for the rest of us to understand the hate such a symbol represents.

The South Surrenders?

Shermin Kruse | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

The question answered by the South Carolina House of Representatives today is whether their state government, as a political and democratic institution representing constituents of all races, should maintain on its capitol grounds the very flag it placed there 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.

S.C. House Approves Bill To Remove Confederate Flag From Statehouse

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

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Let Go Your Southern Ghosts!

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
F. Scott Hess

I've noticed many online defenders of Confederate heritage argue that their opponents do not understand history and fail to see beyond racial barriers. I have white southern roots deeper than most. I understand my history and the lineage of bigotry it entails.

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Julia Craven

UNC Can No Longer Remain Silent On Silent Sam

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

When I first laid eyes on Silent Sam, he made me uncomfortable. As I looked up at the Confederate soldier who stands watch over students in the upper ...

Crafty Conservative Confederate Flag Move Obscures Larger Issue

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

I fear that all of the attention on the flag provides cover to politicians who want to ignore the larger problem. Some of the same politicians talking about bringing down the flag are doing so to avoid talking about the proliferation of guns.

Confederate Land Art: The Apotheosis of Racist Iconography

Paul Gunther | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

As South Carolina's Capitol grounds and other jurisdictions decide the fate of their most prominent emblems of past oppression and contemporary reaction, Stone Mountain guarantees that at least one Confederate icon will loom over the South's largest city for as long into the future as mankind can foresee.

Obama to End Three More Wars: Vietnam and Cold War Finally Over, Civil War Next

Richard Brodsky | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Put aside ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They weren't so much divisive as the American people changed their mind, once the lying stopped. Ending them was relatively easy. Obama is now taking on the tough ones. He's moving to end the Vietnam War and the Cold War and even the Civil War.

General Nathan Bedford Forrest Versus the Ku Klux Klan

John A. Tures | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Think that if he were alive today, General Nathan Bedford Forrest would embrace Dylann Roof, the alleged killer of nine blacks in a Charleston Church who hoped to start a race war? Think again.

El Salvador Sees Highest Monthly Murder Rate Since Civil War

AP | Posted 07.03.2015 | World

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country'...

KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings.

The President Sings of Grace

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay 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.

Charleston's Emanuel AME: A Catalyst for Change?

Rev. James J. Maher, C.M. | Posted 07.02.2015 | 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.

Racism and the Confederate Flag

Neal Wooten | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Neal Wooten

Before you get your knickers in a wad, let me say that I would never fly the Confederate Flag. Why? Because it offends people. My history and heritage are what they are whether the flag flies or not.

The South Shall Rise Again

Benjamin A. Davis | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Benjamin A. Davis

Reasonable people know that we are all in this race quagmire together and togetherness is how we will get ourselves out. There will be no fantasies of a "white" Northwest bordering west at Idaho, Utah and Arizona. Ain't gonna happen. There will not be a "New Africa" for "blacks with Atlanta as the capital. Just ain't gonna happen. Give it up.

In the Marketplace of Ideas, the Confederate Flag Is a No Sale

Jim Moore | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

Americans treasure our individuality, and we hold tenaciously to the idea that what happens inside the case of our brains is sacrosanct. We can think what we want; no American institution can attempt to suppress our ideas. Here is where it gets tricky.

Southern Pride?

Tim Arnold | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Tim Arnold

The scab has been ripped from this terrible wound. The horse is out of the barn, as some would put it. Confederate sympathizers are being taken to task.

Flags of Treason, Hatred and White Supremacy

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D.

The election of a Black president in 2008 triggered a backlash from white supremacists. The most rabid racists are easy to identify and counter, for t...

The Confederate Flag Is for Losers

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Tanya Young Williams

The flag must come down. In fact, the confederate flag is banned for sale or on display at government agencies in California. The bill was introduced by African-American State Senator, Isadore Hall, while he was an assemblyman.

Monuments to Mendacity

Mark Benoit | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Mark Benoit

The Southern states in American seem to have a propensity for erecting monuments to traitors, and by the fact that these various statues, reliefs, markers and other forms of memorialization exist, it also seems that those who should have stood in opposition failed at their duty to the truth.

Getting Wrapped Up In The Flag

John Friedman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
John Friedman

While we are busy debating what the flag represents in the minds of those who see it compared to those who wish to fly it, we are not talking about the issues that really matter.