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I'm Not A Very Good Southerner

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Anthony Hatcher

If you honor pre-emancipation Southern heritage, you are honoring a society that engaged in the buying and selling of human beings. As for the plethora of Confederate monuments that dot the South, at the very least let's drop the pretense about the war they represent.

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.

Travis Waldron

Confederate Flag Debates Move To High School Sports

HuffingtonPost.com | Travis Waldron | Posted 07.10.2015 | Sports

Students at Kentucky's Allen Central High School display a Confederate flag featuring the school's logo in 2006. (AP) In the three weeks since n...

Is There Space for Southern Heritage That Does Not Ignore Slavery?

Byron Williams | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

Those exalting southern heritage in its present form gloss over the inconveniences of history to insist hate was not the intention. Unfortunately, intent is often the false refuge to justify something that reasonable persons would otherwise abhor.

Symbols of Hatred, Not Heritage

Brandi Hatter | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Brandi Hatter

For Dylan Roof and others who would kill in the name of white supremacy, the Confederate battle flag and monuments honoring KKK leaders are not symbols of heritage or history. They act as inspiration, even justification, for the spread of hate and unthinkable violence.

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.

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 ...

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.

To the Guy Flying a Confederate Flag in New England

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I know that right now you are saying, "But I'm not a racist!" "Heritage, not hate!" But this isn't your heritage. It's mine. And it is hate. And it is racism. And every time you put that flag on the back of your car, we all go back in time a little.

The Uses and Misuses of History: On Jefferson Davis, Thomas More, Martin Luther, and Other Villains

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

If the Jeff Davis Highway is renamed, I certainly will not shed a tear, but the symbolism of such a renaming is meaningless unless it is followed by concrete action tackling today's racial disparities. History should not be allowed to weigh us down and distract us from the issues and problems of our time.

Signs of Change: A Flag, A Shirt...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Our nation's biggest arguments are often captured in majestic words, or dramatic photos. But sometimes it's a simple piece of cloth...

'Dukes Of Hazzard' Reruns Pulled From TV Land Lineup

The Huffington Post | Madeline Kaplan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment

Episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" have been pulled from TV Land's schedule, a spokeswoman for the network confirmed to the Huffington Post on Wednesd...

MLK Statue Will Soon Stand Outside Of Georgia's Statehouse

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.02.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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

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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.