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Black Gay Men, Advocacy, Memory and the South

Charles Stephens | Posted 08.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

One can look historically, without resorting to nostalgia. As black people and certainly as black gay men we should know as well as anyone that history is more horror than romance. Anyway, nostalgia in American culture, more often than not, is a function of the privileged.

On Health Insurance Coverage, the South Really and Truly Is the Region With the Most Freedom

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Ain't freedom grand? And what says freedom better than being free from government mandates like the guarantee that you can't be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition?

Helping Others Think: A Tribute to Edwin M. Yoder, Jr. at 80

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 07.18.2014 | Media
Joel K. Goldstein

All of these works have enriched my life, and invite rereading, and I commend them to those who have not yet experienced Ed's help in shaping their thinking and the enjoyment that inevitably comes from reading his work.

UPDATE: Field Reports From Southern State Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

For the past few weeks, I have been posting some very interesting scholarship presented by professional South-watchers at a recent Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. Now, here are a few field reports about current developments in their states.

Contemporary Themes in Southern Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

I have dealt with the South and southern politics in previous posts; so we are not going to break major new ground here. But I think it is worthwhile to update what some of today's experts are saying about the South and its role in American democracy and history.

College Football and the 2014 Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The course of American democracy may be decided on the first Saturday of November in the following college football games: Florida vs Georgia, Michigan vs Indiana, Illinois vs Ohio State, and Texas vs Texas Tech.

Confederate Heroes Have Their Own Medal Of Honor

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics

HANCOCK, Md. (AP) — The Medal of Honor, created by Congress during the Civil War as America's highest military decoration for valor, was never meant...

Only Some Southern Whites Are the New Blacks (and Many Are Not)

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Southern Whites didn't vote for Obama (and by association, won't vote for Democrats). So argues the New York Times' Nate Cohn in a provocative piece entitled "Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats."

How Would Southerners Describe the South to Outsiders?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Residents of the American South are used to seeing their home region depicted in stereotyped derision. But how would most Southerners respond if they had an opportunity, in a reasonable conversation, to describe the South to outsiders?

Generational Change, In-Migration and Democratic Prospects in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The historic realignment of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stands as one of the most dramatic and consequential developments of the past century. However, recent research offers hopeful signs for regional Democrats.

White Americans and 'White Consciousness'

Glen Browder | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Racism has proven to be a continuing and confounding reality in the story of America. Efforts such as this study help us realize that there is still much to learn and "fix" in American democracy.

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.

Carny Philosopher King With Buffalo Bill Beard

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 05.18.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

We're in a carnival bar, everyone in this bar is a carnival person. He was raised in carnivals and lives in carnivals. Yet he's not jaded.

Effort To Build Gay Marriage Support Heads South

AP | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launch...

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering a Committed Life

Gary May | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Gary May

Nearly 50 years after his death it is King's words and deeds that live on in the American memory -- not that of the racists who hated him or the Black Power advocates who scorned him.

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

The Duck Dynasty Controversy and Loving Our Neighbors

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Yes, you read this right. Robertson and those who share his views are still our brothers. As such, do WE have the capacity, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, to say to those who hold his views on race today, we still love you?

8 Things I Learned In The South

Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.06.2014 | Travel
Suzy Strutner

Fried okra is a vegetable. ...and so are fried onions.

Southern Heat Will Not Keep Me From Fall Fashion

Arlene Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Arlene Goldstein

I pull out an eclectic array of faux fur vests, and then comes the obligatory medley of opaque tights. Needless to say, jackets with a fall-feel are a must in this pivotal point in my seasonal redux. My classic leather moto jacket is definitely a survivor.

Dems Vying To Curtail GOP In Key Region

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As Democrats try to curtail GOP dominance in the South, the party's top recruits for 2014 elections are trying to sell themselv...

Bending The Arc

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The true lesson Martin Luther King teaches is the exact opposite of what many take away from hearing the words "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Because that arc doesn't bend on its own. It takes effort. It takes action.

The Tomás Doncker Band Hollers the Blues of Howlin' Wolf

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

It wasn't just the guitar that was loud, so was Chester's voice. And it got louder as his living conditions got tougher. His massive body, weighting up to 300 pounds, both scared and impressed people. Howlin' Wolf, the name his grandfather gave him, would become an important figure.

Unsafe in Black and White America

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I have a feeling that I'm not the only white guy who experiences these thoughts that I sure don't want to have in my head. But I desperately want to unlearn these instincts because if I feel unsafe around someone else because they're black, I am part of the reason that the world becomes unsafe for them.

The Supreme Court Overstates Racial Progress

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

There is a common thread in both of the Court's last two decisions: an appeal to illusory racial progress. "Our country has changed," wrote Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Evidence abounds that this is simply not true.

Cancellation of the Summer Redneck Games

Global Yodel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

the annual Summer Redneck Games started in 1996 when Atlanta, GA was chosen to host the Summer Olympics. The city of East Dublin, GA decided to put on their own version of the ancient Greek games, complete with watermelon seed spitting, armpit serenading and mud pit belly flops.