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True Strength at America's Journey for Justice

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

The strength I witnessed was in the elders who led our march and carried the American flag. These men, beaten and brutalized so many decades ago, had marched with Dr. King during the original Freedom Marches. Additionally, I witnessed strength in the next generation.

How The Confederate Flag Became An Argentinian Clothing Brand's Logo

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Latino Voices

For the United States, the Confederate flag has been a source of controversy. The president of a clothing brand in Argentina views it quite differentl...

A State of Emergency

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Michael Laitman

A year after the 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the town is once again in turmoil. A lot has happened since Brown's killing last year.

The Confederate Flag Is Disappearing From Yet Another Place

AP | Sara Bondioli | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

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Re: #BlackLivesMatter, Aretha Was Right -- It's All About R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

One of the "great" things about polarized, identity politics is that each side excels in bringing out the shadow side of the other. And ... at the same time refuses to face its own shadow because that would be giving ammunition to the enemy.

The Civil War Was Lost. It's Time We Finally Won It

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It is true that the Union was preserved, so that was a measure of victory. But the spirit that animated the South and produced that war was never really stamped out, and for that the entire nation has paid a huge price.

Time to Deal With the Elephant in South Carolina's Room

Andy Brack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Andy Brack

Removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds doesn't confront something lurking in rooms across South Carolina for generations -- the elephant of racial division.

The South Seemed Pretty Sure It Was Fighting for Slavery

Larry Womack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Larry Womack

It is only very recently, as the debate over the confederate flag has been renewed, that I have come to realize just how deeply the myth that the Civil War wasn't really about slavery has taken root.

100 Years of Occupation in Haiti -- Still Glittering as Gold

Mark Schuller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Mark Schuller

The first U.S. Occupation of Haiti in 1915 occurred while the European former colonial powers were at war with one another.

Rewriting History or Acknowledging It?

Michael Putzel | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

Hauling down the Confederate battle flag from its staff on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in July marked a tectonic shift in white rulers' manipulation of the tragic racial history of the American South. It may have been just the beginning.

The Confederate Flag and the Lives of Symbols

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

Every time the use of the flag is questioned or criticized, for example when a picture of two white men waving the flag proudly is recirculated as a reminder of the hatred that potentially drives their actions, it appears again. Thus, in efforts to assure its invisibility, it has in fact become even more visible.

My Outrage Is Better than Your Outrage

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." This game of pitting one outrage as more righteous than another outrage is truly outrageous.

No, The Black Community Is Not Bankrupt

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Gordon Bennett

My professor's perception was rooted in a common false meme that has followed black America since slavery -- the idea that we lack financial acumen, don't know how to build businesses, need to be told what to do with our finances, and are overly reliant on government handouts.

Free Speech or to Be Free of Speech?

Simon Tam | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Simon Tam

We should not let the fear of a football team regaining trademark registration justify the suppression of rights for other groups.

The Charleston Tragedy: A Conversation on Faith and Forgiveness

Katharine Rose | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Katharine Rose

The ability of the Charlestonians and the affected family members to so readily forgive their perpetrator is not an indication of an apathetic people, nor does it signal the ease with which one is able to forgive. Rather, it is a manifestation of how strong their faith really is.

Who Put Confederate Flags Around Martin Luther King Jr.'s Church?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion

  Dr. Raphael Warnock received the disturbing news on Thursday morning -- someone had draped four Confederate flags around the campus o...

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.

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.