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Straighten Up, or Stand in Fear?: Fact-Checking Georgia State Rep. Tommy Benton on the KKK's History

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Ami Fields-Meyer

Last week Georgia General Assembly Representative Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Ku Klux Klan, the white su...

Rewriting History or Acknowledging It?

Michael Putzel | Posted 08.03.2016 | 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 Historic Cemetery Where Black Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Rests In Eternal Peace

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

With all the recent talk of the Confederate flag, it seems appropriate to highlight one of the many overlooked places that are sources of real Southern pride and heritage -- particularly that which is black and Southern.

A Southern White Woman's Response to the Charleston Massacre

Natalie Holm | Posted 06.25.2016 | Black Voices
Natalie Holm

Much of what made up the air I breathed as a little white girl growing up in lower Alabama was revisionist history. The "South" that I love and have been desperately homesick for doesn't really exist.

Callous or Callow: Waving the Confederate Flag at Bryn Mawr College

Steven Conn | Posted 12.07.2014 | College
Steven Conn

Southerners love their "heritage" because it has enabled many of them not to confront their history. Those two young women with their Confederate flag and Southern pride had to travel all the way to Bryn Mawr to learn that history.

11 Books To Read If You Love Southern Food

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 05.23.2014 | Taste

From cookbooks to food essays to documentary reportage.

Top McCain Advisor Learned Slime Tactics From Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

During the '84 NC Senate race, one of Helms' top aides responsible for implementing a gay-bashing strategy was McCain advisor Charlie Black.