Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

Charleston massacre draws attention to white supremacist backing of politicians   |   June 24, 2015
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings...

 

He had to be carefully taught   |   June 22, 2015
By Timothy B. Tyson A young man wears Rhodesian and apartheid-era flags on his jacket. Neither country existed during his lifetime. Both flags are commonly worn as in-group...

 

The Emanuel AME terrorist massacre and building power to make Black Lives Matter   |   June 20, 2015
By Nat Chioke Williams The world mourns the loss of the nine slain members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Susie Jackson, Tywanza...

 

As nation mourns racist murders, flag of hate still flies over South Carolina   |   June 19, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams This isn't the story about a flag, but there's a flag in this story. On the same day the nation was reeling from the mass murder of nine...

 

Report: Thousands of North Carolinians disenfranchised last year by restrictive new election law   |   June 19, 2015
North Carolina will be an important battleground in the 2016 elections. The state will feature the most competitive U.S. Senate race in the country and a race for governor, and it...

 

Charleston and the South's sordid history of attacks on black churches   |   June 18, 2015
In the wake of the heinous murders of nine members of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church this week, many have pointed to historic congregation's...

 

From fracking to coal waste, NAACP confronts environmental racism in North Carolina   |   June 3, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams The organization that spurred the south's "Moral Mondays" movement announced last week it is launching a civil rights investigation...

 

Race, community engagement and an integrated dance   |   May 28, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Analysis reveals urban-rural divide in poverty in Southern schools   |   May 15, 2015
The South has some of the highest rates of low-income students in public schools. Since the 2004-2005 school year, the majority of the region's public school students have...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: U.S. foreclosure crisis worsened racial segregation   |   May 8, 2015
Number of U.S. families that lost their homes to foreclosure during the housing bust that began a decade ago: 9 million According to a new study that looked at almost all urban...

 

The most racially segregated cities in the South   |   May 8, 2015
For most of U.S. history, people of different races have lived on separate streets, gone to separate schools and occupied separate parts of town. In the South, racial segregation...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Redistricting rulings renew hope for voting rights advocates   |   April 23, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a N.C. Supreme Court ruling upholding Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers, ordering the state...

 

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with 'cynical' anti-solar campaign   |   April 7, 2015
A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American...

 

The power of the ballot box   |   April 7, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Reparations and a conversation about America's redemption   |   April 1, 2015
Students, faculty and community members packed into a basement classroom at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina last week for a panel discussion on reparations and the moral...

 

Elders of the movement   |   March 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   March 20, 2015
Date on which the landmark Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress, a little over a week after a national television audience watched state troopers, sheriff's officers...

 

Concerns grow over voting rights for the South's language minorities   |   March 20, 2015
Amid concerns over the rollback of the Voting Rights Act and introduction of voter ID laws, election watchdogs worry about another critical voting rights issue: language barriers...

 

The lone Southern GOP cosponsor (so far) of the Voting Rights Act restoration bill   |   March 20, 2015
Fifty years ago this week, a Democrat and a Republican introduced the landmark Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Senate. The VRA, which offered protections against voting...

 

50 years since LBJ's historic voting rights speech   |   March 19, 2015
Two weeks ago, tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March. This week, on March 15, marks 50 years...

 

In a 'right to work' state, union grows by fighting racism   |   March 13, 2015
By Laverne Wrenn, Labor Notes Racism is still a part of our everyday lives. The recent police murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice highlighted this fact in the...

 

Selma, behind the scenes   |   March 9, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- TV cameras and celebrities descended on Selma over the past week for the 50th anniversary of the famous series of civil rights marches here. Most of the attention...

 

From Selma to sorrow   |   March 9, 2015
By Mary Stanton, Southern Exposure, Fall 1999 "This is not a monument to suffering. It is a memorial to hope," says Maya Linn, designer of the Civil Rights Memorial in...

 

Selma and voting rights: Commemoration or legislation?   |   March 6, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- This weekend, tens of thousands of people -- including nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and President Obama -- are descending on Alabama to commemorate the...

 

Where you live matters: Concentrated wealth affects mobility   |   March 4, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC Where you start in life affects where you get -- educationally and economically -- in a big way. In sprawling metros of the South, residential segregation...