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5 Hot Books: The Koch Brothers' Dangerous Influence, Investigating a Georgia Lynching, and More

The National Book Review | Posted 01.26.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

This article first appeared in The National Book Review: Five books people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. Dark Money: The Hidden ...

Slavery Never Ended. It Just Evolved.

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We pilgrimaged to a lonely spot on the outskirts of the city and another site in the town of Wetumpka. We dug dirt from the holy ground and placed it in those jars. We remembered and prayed for those lynching victims by name. It was a powerful and moving experience for all.

Surveying American Sins at Solstice

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

The Christmas greeting, "Peace on earth, goodwill toward men," is rooted in the Gospel yet has a universal pull. As an aspiration it seems as distant as ever.

In the 'Hour Late' ( Joe Webster 2 )

Jon Horford | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts
Jon Horford

Even after exceeding expectations for black people in the south by becoming wealthy landowners, Joe's family could not escape the harsh realities of the times.

A Conversation With Ta-Nehisi Coates

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

This past summer, I read Atlantic Media journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book Between the World and Me. To say it had a profound impact on me and the way I understand race relations in the U.S does not do the piece justice. I finished it with a dropped jaw.

Police Killings Surpass the Worst Years of Lynching, Capital Punishment, and a Movement Responds

Jerome Karabel | Posted 11.08.2015 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Like the movements against lynching, state-sanctioned segregation and the death penalty before it, today's movement against extra-judicial killings by police is part of a centuries-long struggle for racial justice.

The Elaine Lynchings: A Visit to Elaine, Arkansas, 100 Years After America's Deadliest Race Riot

LaReeca Rucker | Posted 09.04.2015 | Black Voices
LaReeca Rucker

Today, one year after the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, race riots sparked by alleged profiling, discrimination and police militarization are still making headlines in America. But in 1919, Elaine, Arkansas, was the center of the country's deadliest race riot.

Bishop Tutu's Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?

Noosed Necks, Flesh Beloved.

A.J. Walton | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices
A.J. Walton

The images of lynchings reflect the reality in which so many continue to live. It disturbs us, causes discomfort, and pours salt on centuries-old wounds. But more than that, it screams out that there's nothing new under the sun, just a different way of burning hopes and dreams and lives.

6 Things You Should Know About The County Where Sandra Bland Died

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

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Woman Arrested After Allegedly Chasing Black Teen With Bat And Threatening To Hang His Family

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices

A woman was arrested on Sunday after allegedly chasing a group of black teens with a baseball bat and threatening them, telling one, "I hang your fami...

Black Woman's 'Lynching' Arrest Sparks Debate Over California Law

Reuters | Emmett Berg | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used th...

Brutalization: The Dangerous Construction of Whiteness

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Another week, another video--this time of a young African American woman wearing a bathing suit, holding only a towel. She is thrown to the ground and a white male police officer pulls her hair and sits on her back.

Lincoln, Lynching, and the Long Way Home

Byron Williams | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago this month was the precursor to the domestic terrorism that would be unleashed on black Americans for the next century.

85 Years After Infamous Lynching, Another Noose Stirs Tension In Indiana Town

The Washington Post | Wesley Lowery | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

When his boss tossed the noose into his hands, Mikel Neal, a black firefighter in Marion, Ind., had two thoughts. First, was this a threat? And, se...

African-American Man Hanging From Tree Sparks Concern and Caution

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Brian Levin, J.D.

The tragic discovery of a missing African-American man's body hanging from a tree in rural Claiborne County, Mississippi is now being investigated by both state and federal authorities.

'You Can Hang 'Em From a Tree...'

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

We are responsible for the sins of the present, both the individual sin of prejudice and the social sin of racism. When I saw racism on my campus as a college student, I looked away and stopped attending those parties. This sort of passive resistance is not enough. White people must speak out against these behaviors.

Beachware Brand Decides To Put A Noose On A Shirt For Some Reason

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices

A clothing brand supposedly inspired by "modern beach culture" looks like it took a time machine back to the Jim Crow South for a recent T-shirt desig...

The White Shadow

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

I absorbed the dynamics of difference, because, I, too, was different. If rights were denied to others, my rights would be denied, someday, too. That's why we should care about Ferguson. Fearing our neighbor means losing our religion.

Here's What's Wrong With the OU Frat Boys' Apologies

Briallen Hopper | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Briallen Hopper

A situation like this calls for a real apology, but these young men have failed to deliver it. Instead of acknowledging their own racism, they denied it or sidestepped it. Instead of reckoning honestly with the harm they have done to others, they framed their family and friends as the real victims.

Frat Boys on the Bus

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The punitive reactions against a few individuals or an isolated fraternity chapter are no more effective than any other punitive measures taken against scapegoats. They shut the door on something unpleasant, in the process heaping blame on isolated individuals that ought to be borne, or at least processed, collectively.

The Real Lynchings In SAE's Oklahoma Backyard

The Daily Beast | Michael Daly | Posted 03.12.2015 | Black Voices

The fraternity of blacks lynched in Oklahoma has 50 known members, including a man named Ben Dickerson who was spirited away from the jail in Norman j...

White Terrorism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The president doesn't "love" America? Would that it were true. Would that the president felt a responsibility to the global future and, at the same time, could summon our real past, grieve for its victims and vow with every fiber of his being to atone for our history of slavery and conquest: the "white terrorism" of manifest destiny. Would that the president didn't "love" our myths.

America's Forgotten Mass Lynching

The Daily Beast | David Krugler | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices

The visits began in the fall of 1918, just as World War I ended. At his office in Little Rock, Arkansas, attorney Ulysses S. Bratton listened as Afric...

The Lynching of Sureshbhai Patel

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Rev. Jeff Hood

The video is horrific. Madison, Alabama police officer Eric Parker slammed Sureshbhai Patel into the ground hard enough to paralyze him. There wa...