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As President Obama Prepares To Leave The White House, It Is Time To Look Back On The Reconstruction Era

Dr. Mark Echols | Posted 12.14.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Mark Echols

It has often been said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it; however, as with many clichés and trite sayings, the truth ...

It Feels like the Fall of Reconstruction

Manisha Sinha | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

American history is doomed to repeat itself, the first time as tragedy and then as farce. Like the majority of American voters who voted for Hillary, ...

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Why I'm No Longer The Woman My Husband Married

Pamela Madsen | Posted 08.14.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

This is true. I'm not the woman that my husband married 35 years ago. I have been sexually satisfied and terribly frustrated.

'Free State Of Jones' Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Black-White Alliance

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 06.27.2016 | Black Voices
Amb. Andrew J. Young

We need more Newt Knights today. We need coalitions to combat the pernicious and ominous signs that appear around us this year. We need to work together to fight the newer forms of obvious oppression.

It's Time To Put These Myths About The Civil War To Rest

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.26.2016 | Black Voices

A new movie is busting the many myths and misconceptions about the root causes of the American Civil War. Writer-director Gary Ross, who directed "The...

The United States of Trumpistan?

Manisha Sinha | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

Is it possible that a misogynist, nativist, racist, faux billionaire who refuses to release his tax returns, a "reality" TV celebrity and tweeting buffoon has a shot at becoming the President of the United States after the age of Obama?

Why Don't the Candidates Talk About Afghanistan?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Heading into its sixteenth year, with no endpoint in sight, America's longest war is its least talked about. Afghanistan has not come up in any Repu...

Scalia's Blind Spot

John A. Powell | Posted 03.05.2017 | Politics
John A. Powell

Rigid adherence to Scalia's approach would mean that today's Court and our laws and policies that emanate from its jurisdiction would deny that birth of freedom where we recognize that "all people are created equal."

The Middle East Needs a Regional Reconstruction Strategy

Sultan Barakat | Posted 03.04.2017 | Home
Sultan Barakat

It is high time to pull together to establish a "Regional Reconstruction Strategy" that can address all sorts of violence, not just Islamist-related conflict.

The Third Reconstruction Era

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families -- of all races, but especially children of color -- face today are very dangerous steps backwards.

Why Hillary Clinton’s Take On Abraham Lincoln Is ‘Total Fantasy'

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

During a Democratic forum this week, Hillary Clinton gave an account of American history that glossed over the racist terrorism that dominated the Sou...

Here's What's So Jarring About Hillary Clinton's Thoughts On Reconstruction

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

At the the Iowa Democratic forum on Monday night, Hillary Clinton took one of the easiest questions lobbed her way -- Who is your favorite president? ...

Should Hillary Clinton Take a Mulligan On Lincoln and Reconstruction?

Tom Donnelly | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Tom Donnelly

Given a mulligan, I suspect that Secretary Clinton might wish to clarify her answer about Lincoln, respond to these criticisms, and acknowledge the aspirations (and achievements) of Reconstruction's forgotten leaders.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg About Mastectomy Photos

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 12.23.2016 | Women
Beth J. Caldwell

I'm writing to you to discuss the repeated suspension the Facebook account of a member of our organization, Beth Fairchild. Beth's account was recently suspended because she posted a picture of an areola tattoo that she performed on a woman who has been through a mastectomy with reconstruction.

Trump's Anti-Citizenship Plan Is a Historic Loser

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 08.19.2016 | Media
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Far from offering a bold new immigration reform plan that would "make America great again," Trump's plan recycles anti-immigrant ideas that were resoundingly defeated 150 years ago.

Question: Why Must We Still Talk About Race? Answer: Twelve.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 08.11.2016 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Whites often insist that they are not racist. But they're not the point. Twelve is the point. The institution of slavery persisted for twelve generations of African Americans. How long do you think it should take to dismantle twelve generations of racial oppression?

'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 most of the white South has sought to undo this act in practice. But no smokescreen around such bywords as "states' rights" and "voter fraud" can obscure this disgraceful development.

Most Post-Disaster Funding Is a Disaster, How to Do It Right

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.23.2016 | Impact
Beverly Bell

There is a pressing need to directly support communities following a catastrophe. There is also a widespread, compassionate desire to give. The question is, how do we avoid the six homes scenario?

Ulysses S. Grant Died 130 Years Ago. Racists Hate Him, But Historians No Longer Do.

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

After Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died 130 years ago today, a million and a half Americans watched his funeral processi...

Gaza: The Scars of War (PHOTOS)

Karl Schembri | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home
Karl Schembri

One year after the 2014 war that killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and destroyed thousands of houses, people in Gaza are struggling to survive under a crippling blockade.

Preaching as Survival: The Rhetoric Bishop Henry McNeal Turner-Pt. 2

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.22.2016 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

Turner's emigration thoughts grew stronger when the Supreme Court declared the 1875 Civil Rights bill unconstitutional. For Turner, the decision nullified many of the rights that African Americans gained during Reconstruction.

White Gods and Black Devils: The Rhetoric of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner-Pt. 1

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Henry McNeal Turner's writing focused on much during the post reconstruction period. One of the first major debates Turner found himself in was on African missions and emigration.

Nepal Needs More Than Tarps for Reconstruction

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Kishor Pradhan is a development anthropologist and a communications worker in Nepal. Dibya Gurung is a conservationist and gender and social inclusion expert who trains rural men and women for leadership roles. I did a joint interview with the couple via email.

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.