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MLK Statue Will Soon Stand Outside Of Georgia's Statehouse

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices

While the country watches the contentious debate over whether the Confederate flag will be removed from some state capitol buildings, a statue of Mart...

Bree Newsome Speaks Out: 'I Refuse To Be Ruled By Fear'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices

Black activist Bree Newsome says she refuses to be ruled by fear. Newsome’s intolerance to racial injustice and the horrific shooting that kille...

Why I Burned And Buried The Confederate Flag -- And America Should, Too

John Sims | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
John Sims

My protest started by recoloring the Confederate flag black, red and green -- the colors of black nationalism. This was my way of arresting my own anxiety and fear of black erasure, both personal and collective.

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

This Week in Flags

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock


Cultural Touchstones and Social Warts: a Southern Journey

Kathy Gill | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Kathy Gill

Removing that symbol -- with very public dialog about why it needs to be removed -- is one step towards excising the larger, persistent social ill that is racism.

The Bigger Problem With That Flag

Steven Conn | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

If after 150 years we're finally going to consign the Confederate flag to the dustbin of history and to the exhibit cases of museums, we have to make sure we bury the entirety of what that flag stands for as well. It is too late to bring the traitors of 1861 to justice, but surely we can stop treating them as perverse heroes, and we can start calling the Confederacy what it really was.

Partners in Crime

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

Someone had to take the fall.

Sugarcoating American History

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Discomfort with history means that for the most part we as a country have allowed clouds of spun sugar to wrap around ugly truths. The young man steeped in racist ideology who murdered nine people in Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last week has forced the nation to confront that complacence.

Schools Reconsider Confederate Mascots In Wake Of Charleston Shooting

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

In the wake of last week’s Charleston shooting, state and local governments around the country are taking efforts to get rid of Confederate symbols ...

Why Alabama's Governor Took Down the Confederate Flag Without a Vote

John A. Tures | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Gov. Bentley probably wanted to have a legislature vote but wouldn't get much support from the conservative politicians. Some say, "Let's vote on the Confederate flag," but given the failure of prior referendums and the angst from the state debate over that issue, Bentley reasoned that it just wasn't going to work in Alabama.

Confederacy and Diplomacy: The Flag's Last Stand

Max Dorfman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

It's difficult to comprehend, let alone surrender to the notion that people would support a symbol so explicitly hateful. But that's the truth. No matter how much supporters of the Confederate flag contend it is not a sign of our oppressive and disgraceful history, it is.

People All Over The U.S. Have Had Enough Of Confederate Tributes

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Captiol grounds, Americans all over the coun...

Confederate Flags: A Day Late, a Dollar Short

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Southerners claim a deep allegiance to the good old United States of America, but ironically celebrate their ancestors' efforts to dissolve the very union of states whose flag they now so proudly fly. You cannot simultaneously love the United States and love the idea of dissolving the bond between states that constitute the country.

Pastor Pinckney Is a Martyr -- Build the Statue

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Forget the Civil War. It is over. It is killing us. We, all Americans, need statues and honors to the smartest and best children of the South.

Charleston's Black Residents ‘Elated' By Governor's Call To Remove Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Donovan X. Ramsey | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices

CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- To the delight of many black residents in Charleston, South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal ...

Amanda Terkel

The Confederacy Is Still Celebrated All Over America. Send Us A Photo From Your Town. | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of last week's racist massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been a...

Julia Craven

The Civil War Was About Slavery. Confederate Leaders Were Very Clear. | Julia Craven | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

Symbols of the Confederacy are an inescapable fact of life in Southern states. The Confederate flag is displayed prominently near the South Carolina s...

Charleston: Quenching the Embers of Hate

Jim Moore | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

When I was a scout on my first camp-out, each boy in the troop was assigned a task; some scouts were in charge of the food; some took care of the large canisters of Kool-Aid and water; some helped with tent raising; and others, usually at least one older boy along with a couple of younger scouts, were in charge of the fire pit.

Arthur Delaney

Flag Industry Not Aflutter Over Confederate Flap | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jeremy Davis doesn't mind if people don't want to buy Confederate battle flags in the aftermath of last week's racially motivated mass s...

Pride in Southern Heritage Does Not Require the Confederate Flag -- In Fact, It's Now an Obstacle

Paul Kendrick | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Paul Kendrick

When SC Sen. Lindsay Graham was asked about the Confederate Stars and Bars continuing to wave on State House grounds, he explained its presence is "part of who we are." History is certainly part of who we are. But it is long past time to stop romanticizing the past represented by the Confederate flag.

Dave Jamieson

Black And Living Under The Confederate Flag | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Black Voices

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Annie Caddell proudly flies the Confederate flag in her front yard here in the Charleston suburbs. She maintains a cache of spare...

Old Courthouse, Warren County - Vicksburg, Mississippi: A Place Not to Be Missed

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Traveling on a steamboat in the 21st century is not only unique but allows you to relive an era long past that was filled with beauty and strife. My recent journey on the American Queen Steamboat was such a trip.

Confederate History Month: An Embarrassing Abomination

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia all participate in this misguided paean to a troubling past. No, this is not the continuation of some long-standing tradition, but amazingly a creature of modern politics starting in 1994.

Honoring President Abraham Lincoln's Life in the Middle of the Deep South

John A. Tures | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

President Lincoln may have died before he could have brought the North and South together, but 150 years after his death, his spirit still lives on, even in places you once couldn't imagine it would.