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This City Called MLK Day 'Great Americans Day,' And People Were Pissed

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.14.2017 | Black Voices

Biloxi, Mississippi, is facing outrage after sending a tweet that referenced Monday, Jan. 16, as “Great Americans Day” instead of Martin Luther Ki...

The Bathroom War Between the States

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Herb Silverman

Just when I thought it was safe to live in South Carolina, along comes proposed legislation from a South Carolina senator, who is known for his attempts to bring bad legislation passed in other states to South Carolina.

Radical Christian Terrorists

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Terrorism has been described generally as the use of violence, or the threat of violence, to accomplish a political, religious, or ideological purpose...

Confederate Socialists of America

John A. Tures | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
John A. Tures

Much has been written about President Lincoln's Administration, which has been called everything from socialist to downright tyrannical. What people don't know is that the Confederate States of America was pretty similar in its behavior.

Trumpism and the Confederacy Dominate the Republican Race (And Help Hillary)

William Bradley | Posted 01.05.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The phenomenon of Trumpism remains ascendant in the Republican Party, though the paunchy bully boy has yet to win a vote.

Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue

Alan Singer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Parents in high-performing states like New York and Massachusetts must insist that the federal government not abandon the education of poor and minority children in the old-new South and southwest bright red states.

Racism Hidden in Plain View

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's shocking (and not entirely surprising) that as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, voting rights of African-Americans are being taken away by rightwing state governments, using the very techniques that the 1965 Act prohibited -- techniques that were legalized after the fact by a partisan Supreme Court. In the South of the 1980s and 1990s, there were bi-racial voting coalitions that elected economically centrist and racially moderate governors and senators to statewide office, even in the Deep South. Bill Clinton of Arkansas was one such governor. Albert Gore, Jr., of Tennessee, was one such senator. Those days are just about gone. The Republican Party in the Deep South is a mostly white party and the Democrats mostly a black party. The GOP has successfully played the race card, and biracial governing coalitions are getting scarce.

House Republicans Fail to Learn From the Political Mistakes of the Confederacy

John A. Tures | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

The Confederacy wasn't even a system of states' rights. It was this mentality that each and every rebellious legislator was a king, and knew better than anyone else. Every other legislator was an opponent standing in the way.

I'm Not A Very Good Southerner

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.23.2016 | 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 07.17.2016 | 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 07.12.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | 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 | 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 nin...

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

Byron Williams | Posted 07.09.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 07.04.2016 | 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 06.29.2016 | 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.