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White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness Or Racism. An Inclusive American Identity Is The Answer

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Ian Reifowitz

People need a positive sense of identity. We need to feel like we belong to a community larger than ourselves. If we can't find one built around pos...

Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Responses to the flag controversy, and the new constitutional right to same-sex marriage and upholding Obamacare are dividing the GOP family.

The Gospel According To Bree Newsome

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

Debate surrounding the Confederate flag has raged throughout the South since June 17, when nine African American churchgoers were killed by a white sh...

Ava DuVernay: Activist Bree Newsome Is A 'Black Superhero'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices

Ava DuVernay knows a black superhero when she sees one. On Saturday, the “Selma” director wrote a tweet to express her support for 30-year-ol...

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.

When Microaggressions Become Macro Confessions

Yohuru Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

In the fuzzy arithmetic of their moral equivocation, flag pins matter, firearms matter, border patrols matter, but black and brown lives don't matter unless they can be leveraged for some self-serving political purpose

A Warm Planet Earth Welcome to Mike Huckabee!

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

In his bestselling book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee writes, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" Yessiree, Governor Huckabee, I believe you have.

#LoveWins?

Summer McLane | Posted 06.29.2015 | Weddings
Summer McLane

I didn't get into this business to plan Black weddings, Asian weddings, White weddings, Gay weddings, etc. I got into this business to plan the most beautiful day of two people's lives.

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

John Sims | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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.

GOP Presidential Candidates Take Money From White Supremacist in Hopes of Winning the Confederacy

Christopher Lamb | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Four GOP candidates said they were shocked to find white supremacists among their contributors. But we shouldn't have been. The Southern strategy is not only venal and immoral, it is divisive and un-American - and it will again cost Republicans the presidency in 2016.

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.

Bree Took A Stand. Will You?

Jennifer Farmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Jennifer Farmer

Newsome's action was a reminder to abandon the comfort and relative safety of insipid discontent. If we want more, we have to demand more.

This Week in Flags

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

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Educating for Democracy: Flag Banning and 'Magical Thinking'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

The recent massacre in an iconic Black church in Charleston, South Carolina could be the wake-up call this country needs in order to begin educating all Americans and those who wish to become citizens to acknowledge the importance of the question: why is racism such a blight on America?

Doug Baldwin On Why Supporting The Confederate Flag Is Wrong

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports

The Southern-born NFL Wide Receiver nailed it.

Look Past the Flag: The Real GOP Problem Is a Half-Century of Promoting Racial Division for Political Advantage

David Paul | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Events in South Carolina over the past two weeks have demonstrated that the racially-targeted political strategy that Richard Nixon set in motion to assure his own electoral victory fifty years ago remains deeply ingrained in the GOP.

7 Things You Need To Know About Confederate Flag-Slaying Beyonce Enthusiast Bree Newsome

Fusion | John Walker | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

In case you thought that Bree Newsome -- the woman who scaled the flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse to remove the Confederate flag fl...

Civil War Buffs On Confederate Flag Debate: It's Complicated

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

By Karl Plume BENSENVILLE, Illinois, June 28 (Reuters) - If you're looking for simple answers about the Confederate flag's place in contemporary Am...

Rebel Flags Coming Down And Progressive Patriotism Rising. Are Flag/ACA/Gay Issues Related?

Mark Green | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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This was the week when lame duck Obama became a political lion. Lowry and Reagan debate its impact on the country and '16. Can Rich find a pony in there somewhere? Key question: will GOP prospects promise new Justices to reverse ACA and gay marriage thereby keeping it a rallying issue for Democrats? (Fish gotta swim...)

10 Days That Shook the Regressive World

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

It has been a bad couple of weeks for regressives (the accurate term for "conservatives"). The 10-day period from June 18 to June 26 has been such a disastrous time for regressives that it may be looked back upon as the time when it became clear that history has passed by the "Conservative Movement" and left it untenable.

NASCAR Chief: Ban Confederate Flag

AP | JENNA FRYER | Posted 06.27.2015 | Sports

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol" he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the spor...

Crucifying Jesus On The Cross Of White Supremacy (All Together Podcast)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I asked Robert Lee what he would say to Dylann Roof if he had a chance to talk to him, and how God would judge the mass murderer. He said: "You crucified Jesus yet again on the cross of white supremacy."

Woman Climbs Flag Pole, Takes Down Confederate Flag In Front Of SC Statehouse

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices

A woman scaled a flagpole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday morning and removed the Confederate battle flag. "We removed the f...

Should We Focus on Gun Control?

Nathaniel Prioleau | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Nathaniel Prioleau

Overall, this killing was a terrible tragedy and right now we do not need another situation in which people kill others. Let's not let a flag define us. It needs to be taken down, there is zero doubt in my mind about this, however there needs to be a larger focus in addition to the confederate flag.

Reflections on the Charleston Massacre - From a Millennial

Monica Lindsey Ponder | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Monica Lindsey Ponder

The past week has been a rollercoaster of reflective (and mostly introverted) emotions.