Race and Civil Rights

Florida detention center readied for fleeing Haitians   |   January 21, 2010
Bracing for a possible surge of Haitian refugees fleeing their earthquake-ravaged country, U.S. officials are taking steps to prepare for their arrival -- but some of their...

 

VOICES: MLK's dream drained   |   January 19, 2010
By Brian Miller, New America Media Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a society worthy of the principle in its founding declaration that "all men are created equal." But he did...

 

MLK Day: Contending with King   |   January 18, 2010
NOTE: The following essay by Charles McKinney, professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis and former board member of the Institute for Southern Studies, appeared on the...

 

Southern injustice   |   January 6, 2010
By James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Mother Jones For the better part of four decades, Victory Wallace, 70, has made a monthly trip from New Orleans to the Louisiana State...

 

Will the New Orleans mayoral race turn into an all-white showdown?   |   January 5, 2010
This year will mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina -- a disaster that brought dramatic changes not only to the physical landscape of the Gulf Coast but also to the...

 

Top 10 Stories of 2009 #2: The hidden battles over health reform   |   December 23, 2009
We're getting closer! We continue our series of the Top Stories of 2009 here at Facing South. To see the earlier entries go here. And coming in at #2 ...#2 - I CAN HEZ HEALTH...

 

Black businesses shorted on stimulus contracts   |   December 21, 2009
Aaron Glantz, New America Media Since President Barack Obama signed his stimulus package into law in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation has handed out more than $150...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #6: Our nation's promise to the Gulf Coast   |   December 18, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #6: [...

 

Top 10 Facing South Stories of 2009 (including some you might have missed)   |   December 17, 2009
Thank you, dear readers, for another great year at Facing South! Just last November, after the heady days of the 2008 elections, FS made the jump from a rather homely little blog...

 

VOICES: Why ACORN won   |   December 12, 2009
By Bill Quigley, Center for Constitutional Rights On December 11, 2009, a federal judge ruled that Congress had unconstitutionally cut off all federal funds to ACORN. The judge...

 

VOICES: The jobless crisis of young blacks is now Obama's crisis   |   December 9, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media The bad news is that the more than one out of three young blacks out of work matches the figure for joblessness at the peak of the...

 

Banking services lacking for minority households   |   December 4, 2009
About a quarter of U.S. households lack banking services, making them vulnerable to costly alternative financial services like payday loans. The problem is especially severe for...

 

The Food Stamp Belt: Race, politics and poverty in the South   |   November 30, 2009
The New York Times ran an eye-opening story this weekend about the 36 million people in this country who depend on food stamps: With food stamp use at record highs and climbing...

 

Remembering civil rights leader James Armstrong   |   November 20, 2009
When participants in the first Selma to Montgomery voting rights march crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. and were beaten by state troopers, Army veteran and marcher...

 

The Washington Times' Confederate (fifth) columnist   |   November 17, 2009
A column by Wesley Pruden that appeared in yesterday's Washington Times is generating anger and controversy because of its views on race and President Obama. Writing critically...

 

North Carolina school board election may spark civil rights lawsuit   |   November 4, 2009
Among the key elections around the South yesterday was a runoff race for a school board seat in Wake County, N.C., home to the state capital of Raleigh -- the outcome of which...

 

ELECTION 2009: Gay candidates score visibility and victories in key Southern races   |   November 4, 2009
No big lessons or grand narratives emerged from yesterday's off-year elections -- but there were lots of interesting local stories that reveal the conflicted reality of the Purple...

 

VOICES: Bernice King should publicly renounce her anti-gay bigotry   |   November 4, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media Bernice King made history when she became the first woman in the 52-year history of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC...

 

Polluted Southern communities ask EPA to address environmental injustice   |   October 30, 2009
Environmental justice leaders representing more than a dozen polluted communities from six Southern states met with Environmental Protection Agency leaders this week and asked...

 

CENSUS WATCH: Labor escalates opposition to controversial Vitter amendment   |   October 28, 2009
Any day now, the Senate could take up debate on an amendment introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) requiring that the 2010 count ask residents about their citizenship status. As...

 

Senate passes hate-crimes bill covering sexual orientation   |   October 23, 2009
In a landmark vote, the Senate approved legislation Thursday that would expand the federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation. It now goes to the desk of President...

 

John Brown: 150 years after Harpers Ferry   |   October 22, 2009
Last week marked the sesquicentennial of the attack by John Brown and 21 others on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Brown was captured, executed, and buried...

 

VOICES: New crack cocaine bill leaves thousands behind bars   |   October 21, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media WASHINGTON -- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin's Fairness in Sentencing Act 2009 is anything but fair to the thousands of inmates...

 

Hispanic farmers seek justice for discriminatory USDA lending practices   |   October 20, 2009
Decades of discriminatory lending practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture made life difficult for African-American farmers throughout the South and Southeast. In 1999,...

 

As the land disappears, an Indian tribe plans to abandon its ancestral Louisiana home   |   October 7, 2009
For at least 170 years, Isle de Jean Charles -- a narrow ridge of land lying between Bayou Terrebonne and Bayou Pointe-aux-Chene in southeastern Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish...