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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.

GOP Adrift In Longtime Republican Stronghold

Daily Beast | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics

Given what the Republican Party is and where America’s demographics are heading, it is unclear whether the Grand Old Party can successfully pivot to...

How The South Still Lies About The Civil War

Salon | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

In the course of our conversation, Yacine Kout mentioned something else—an incident that had happened the previous spring at Eastern Randolph High S...

Unsung Hero Speaks to America About Voting Rights Act

Glen Browder | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Just as those black and white photos of Rosa Parks could not capture the continuing fight she waged in her community, the Times picture and interview fail to communicate how much Gray has done for voting rights.

South's 'Original Sin' Revealed

Salon | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

Contemporary American politics cannot be understood apart from the North-South divide in the U.S., as I and others have argued....

Memoir of a Liberal Southern Journalist

Glen Browder | Posted 04.07.2013 | Books
Glen Browder

Others can and will profile Ayers' impressive public career as presented in his autobiography. What I want to do here is profile "Brandy" as a person, using excerpts from the book to more fully portray this complex man and his progressive mission.

Oh, to Live in a Battleground State

Andy Brack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andy Brack

Every four years about this time in the presidential election cycle, I yearn to live in a battleground state, a place where I would be spoiled with superpowers.

Winner Take All and the Great Southern Partisan Reversal, 1990-2010

Rob Richie | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

African Americans have always been heavily concentrated in Southern states. Given their general preference for the Democratic Party, that makes the South's dramatic change in its partisan representation since 1990 all the more noteworthy.

It's Mine! South Korean President Visits Islets Also Claimed By Japan

AP | SAM KIM | Posted 10.10.2012 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's president has made a surprise, election-year visit to islets also claimed by Japan, which quickly reasserted ...

The Race Game of American Democracy

Glen Browder | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Race relations in this part of the country are still problematic; but the regional situation now is simply a more obvious and intense case of the American racial problem. Perhaps the time has come for the South and America to talk as a nation about our common situation.

Continuity and Change in the Southern Race Game

Glen Browder | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

The Southern race game endures. Politics inside the belly of the Southern beast still relates in troubling ways to matters of black and white.

The Top States For Female Entrepreneurs

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman and Drew Guarini | Posted 07.18.2012 | Small Business

It's raining women -- entrepreneurs, that is. Across America, the number of women-owned businesses is multiplying at a faster rate than the number ...

Strategy, Operation and Outcomes in the South's New Racial Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

It is clear that race still plays into political operations, but not as fractiously as before. Many Southern officials and citizens -- both white and black -- now function in working alliances and normal operations along ostensible lines of conventional issues.

Biracial Accommodation: The South's New Political Order

Glen Browder | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Interestingly and importantly, white Southern politicos have been joined by many blacks, liberal interests and governmental agencies in adopting an accommodational approach to public life.

Summer's Sizzling Southern Fiction

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

There is something succulent about the halcyon days of the season that has me craving good Southern fiction. Here are some stellar Southern reads that have plenty of buzz and bite.

Is It Time for Southern Democrats to 'Walk Out on the Porch, Pee, Pull the Light Chain, and Go to Bed'?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Southern Democracy -- defined as entrenched regional rule -- is no more. Republicans now reign throughout most of the South. The best that Southern Democrats can hope for is restoring their party to competitive parity in a two-party system.

Clean Energy Investments Continue to Soar: Time to "Triple Down" on Renewable Electricity

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.13.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Renewable energy is real, cost competitive in many situations, and a growing source of business opportunity. And given that other sources of electricity contribute to global warming and local air pollution, now is the time to double-down on more renewable energy.

"Southern Democracy": Can Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs Rekindle Their Romance?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

I firmly believe that it takes both Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs for Democrats to win in most Southern elections. The hitch is that there are few Blue Dogs left out there to be wooed.

Is "Southern Democracy" Dead?

Glen Browder | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

As the current, unfolding election season demonstrates, the excitement and energy of partisan politics lies mainly in Republican campaigns in the South, while the historically-dominant Democrats mainly sit and stew in envy.

"Toothless Rednecks" (Part Two): Hard History and Flawed Democracy in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

It's a continuing game of racial politics -- now played by both blacks and whites in more sophisticated manner without traditional perversities -- in a regional system still struggling with historic black-white disparities and tensions.

Southern Surrealism

Posted 03.14.2012 | Arts

Pablo Picasso reportedly once said, "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." With this in mind, we are ...