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

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.29.2015 | 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.

Inspiration Going Viral

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Are you the sort of person who can't resist slowing down at an accident because you feel compelled to look? I confess I'm ambivalent about accident s...

There Have Been 132 Pro-Confederate Flag Rallies Since The Charleston Shooting

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There has been an outbreak of rallies in support of the Confederate flag since the June 17 mass shooting of nine black churchgoers in C...

Luke Bryan Says Confederate Flag Has Become A 'Symbol Of Racism'

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment

Country singer Luke Bryan already has three No. 1 albums under his belt as he prepares to release his fifth record, "Kill the Lights," on Aug. 7.&nbs...

Sanders, Clinton and the Democratic Party Should Thank #BlackLivesMatter

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.

Symbols Matter, But They're No Substitute for Substance

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

Symbols are powerful, and furling the Confederate battle flag was an important gesture. But symbolic gestures are no substitute for substance. I hope the Legislature will codify the stipulations the state made to the court in order for it to uphold the state's voter identification law.

Union Soldiers Sing Hallelujah

David Rivera | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices
David Rivera

On the day the Confederate Flag was removed from the South Carolina capitol building, I took an afternoon stroll through our local Union Cemetery. Whi...

Race, Legacies, and the Confederate Flag

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Deborah J. Levine

According to Morris Dees, Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), hatred runs deeper than many are recognizing.

Slavery: Reality vs Symbols

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

While elected officials pose as Great Emancipators for purging the Confederate battle flag from TV reruns, slavery thrives in the real world - and these same officials are actually encouraging it.

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.

Armed Insecurity

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

As a society, we're armed and dangerous -- and always at war, both collectively and individually. We're endlessly declaring bad guys (officially and unofficially) and endlessly protecting ourselves from them, in the process guaranteeing that the violence continues. And the parallels between "them" and "us" are unnerving.

It's Our White Culture's Fault That Black and Brown Folks Are Being Lynched By the Police

Dixon White | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices
Dixon White

This fight is about justice, truth, and humanity. Racism or white supremacy is really not that complicated to understand. Much of it is just uncomfortable truths made out to be complicated by racially fragile and defensive white folks.

Can You Hear a Flag Coming Down?

Michael Seo | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact
Michael Seo

In an instant Representative Horne asserted her legitimacy on terms defined by her colleagues in opposition, empathized with their position while neutralizing the defense of "you will never know because you aren't..." and brought back the discourse from "me" to "we".

The Flags Are Coming Down. What Now?

Shari Runner | Posted 07.21.2015 | Chicago
Shari Runner

Improving outcomes requires action that reaches across racial, ethnic and political lines. It must galvanize African Americans and rally our non-Black allies. And it must be handled with a sense of urgency. Every day headlines remind us that we have no time to waste.

Dating and Patriotism: Part One, American Love Affair

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Lazar

These past couple weeks in politics have left me with a set of volatile emotions normally reserved for that other baffling (and intermittently absurd) realm of life... love and lust.

American Hero Gives KKK The Soundtrack It Deserves

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

  The KKK staged a rally in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday to demonstrate their support for the Confederate flag. While many dec...

Summer of Courage

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Rizzo

A strong TSCA bill will ensure that politicians don't have to apologize to the next generation. For lawmakers, then, courage is an insurance policy against regret. I hope Congress can invoke the courage that so many others have displayed this summer.

Black Mississippi Flag Supporter Dies In Traffic Accident

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A black Mississippi man who often dressed in Confederate regalia to support the state flag has died in a one-car acciden...

Remembering the Old Days from Dixie

Murray Fromson | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Murray Fromson

Hasn't the election of an African-American president, the emergence of educated countless men and women of color, and the dramatic political change in the Southern states awakened all of these old racists to the past who want to hang on to the embarrassing reminder of the Stars and Bars?

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

KKK Member Or A Picture Of An Ass? Take The Quiz!

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.20.2015 | Comedy

The Ku Klux Klan reemerged this weekend at the South Carolina Capitol to protest the statehouse's removal of the Confederate flag. Many people saw the...

Queer No Longer Queer - Nor Is Privacy

Gary North | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Gary North

So, if inherent in the ruling is the underlying acceptance that everyone is equal under the law and that our relationships are legit, therefore there is no reason to hide our relationships or enable others to hide: This is the "new" gay-positive/post-bigoted America: The court has basically said so.

Viral Photo Shows Black Police Officer Helping White Supremacist At KKK Rally

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Good News

At a Ku Klux Klan rally held at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday, there were many images of hate: men and women shouting slogans of bigo...

KKK And Black Justice Group Face Off On South Carolina Statehouse Steps

AP | Katie Sola | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people taunted each other on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse during separate rallies staged by ...

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.