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Confederate Battle Flag

Until We Renew the VRA, the Confederate Flag, Still Symbolic, Flies Over the Nation

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

The Confederate Battle flag -- an emblem of hate, bigotry and racism -- was lowered in South Carolina earlier this month. While taking down this banner of oppression is a good step, it's really nothing more than a symbolic gesture.

Atticus Has Left the Building

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

With people spray-painting rebukes on statues of John C. Calhoun and Robert E. Lee across the South, who would have thought the first icon to be pulled off his pedestal would be Atticus Finch?

Jim Webb Clarifies His Position On The Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb explained his views on the Confederate battle flag on CBS’ “This Morning” on Thursday, saying the fla...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Democrats Happy To Exploit Embarrassing GOP Fight Over Confederate Flag

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner's day went from bad to worse Thursday as his efforts to quietly ease a fight over the Confederate flag blew u...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Nancy Pelosi: Time To ‘Put Away' Confederate Flag

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It is time for the U.S. to “put away” the Confederate battle flag, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday, a...

Dana Liebelson

Flag Debate Drives Republicans To Struggle, Pray, Take Long Walks

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the South Carolina House of Representatives struggled with their pain over whether to take down the Confederate flag flyi...

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.

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...

Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes down to the freakiest of the freaky in the whole Republican field, Donald Trump is very hard to top. Trump not only is running for president, he's apparently on a mission to singlehandedly destroy his own Trump brand, forevermore.

The President Sings of Grace

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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.

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2015

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What July will bring is anyone's guess, in other words. Obama wound up down for the month when the monthly averages were calculated, but they could very easily go right back up again in July.

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

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.01.2015 | 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.

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...

Today, 9 States Allow Confederate Flags On License Plates

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Suddenly, government displays of Confederate symbols are all over the news. This week, driven by the horrific massacre at a historically black Charles...

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.

Watch White Southerners Debate The Meaning Of The Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

In the aftermath of last week’s Charleston shooting, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is hoping his new documentary on white privilege will help start...

Arthur Delaney

Flag Industry Not Aflutter Over Confederate Flap

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...