Race and Civil Rights

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...

 

VOICES: 'Find a way to get in the way'   |   September 28, 2009
On Sept. 20, 2009, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) -- a leader of the civil rights movement who helped found the Institute for Southern Studies, publisher of Facing South -- gave the...

 

CENSUS WATCH: Census boycott splits Latinos   |   September 25, 2009
By Marcelo Ballvé, New America Media Earlier this year, a prominent Latino religious leader proposed a boycott of the 2010 Census as a way for undocumented immigrants to bring...

 

Race and the politics of health reform, by the numbers   |   September 25, 2009
In a 2008 survey, percent of whites with above-average racial resentment who favor a public health insurance option: 19 Percent of whites with below-average racial resentment who...

 

A Portrait of Louisiana: Study shines light on post-Katrina racial, economic disparities   |   September 24, 2009
A new study uses post-Katrina data to examine the wide and stark disparities in the life expectancy, educational attainment, and incomes of African Americans and whites in...

 

Publisher of N.C. newspaper that won historic Pulitzer for anti-Klan crusade dies   |   September 17, 2009
W. Horace Carter, the founding publisher of a small-town North Carolina newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for his reporting on and editorials against the Ku Klux Klan,...

 

In communities of color, the silent depression continues   |   September 17, 2009
Last week's Census Bureau report on poverty not only reveals the increasing rates of poverty during the first full year of recession - now at 13.2 percent - but it also...

 

VOICES: Investigate EPA's treatment of black communities in the South   |   September 17, 2009
By Robert D. Bullard, Dissident Voice President Barack Obama made a bold move this year by selecting Lisa P. Jackson, the first African American to head the EPA. Now he is set to...

 

Fight heats up over discriminatory housing laws in New Orleans area   |   September 15, 2009
Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, and President Obama are pulled into local battle  By Jordan Flaherty  Rebuilding efforts in St. Bernard Parish, a small community just...

 

Gaps in ICE data put detainees at risk   |   September 11, 2009
By Cristina Fernandez-Pereda, New America Media WASHINGTON -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may not be collecting enough data about its own operations to meet...

 

Rep. Joe Wilson said "the Confederate heritage is very honorable" during SC flag dispute   |   September 10, 2009
Rep. Joe Wilson is getting his 15 minutes of national fame after bellowing "you lie!" during President Obama's health care address last night. But Wilson earned...

 

VOICES: The Toxic Storm   |   September 8, 2009
By Antonio Ramírez, (reprinted from Wiretapmag.org) George W. Bush was working hard in the days after Hurricane Katrina. In August 2005, we watched in horror as the Bush...

 

Broadway's Color Purple raises money for home building in St. Bernard Parish, despite Parish's racist laws   |   September 8, 2009
By Jordan Flaherty, The Louisiana Justice Institute The touring production of the Broadway show The Color Purple, produced by Oprah Winfrey, has announced that they will be...

 

Wal-Mart's history of destroying sacred sites   |   September 3, 2009
A re-consecration ceremony was held this past weekend at a damaged Indian mound in Oxford, Ala. As we reported last month, the 1,500-year-old sacred and archaeologically...

 

VOICES: Katrina was no less than a war   |   August 31, 2009
By James Ridgeway, New America Media Confronted with images of corpses floating in the blackened floodwaters or baking in the sun on abandoned highways, there aren't too many...

 

4 Years After Katrina: Housing crisis continues, low-income renters face discrimination   |   August 21, 2009
A report released Thursday by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center finds high rates of discrimination in the city's Section 8 housing program for low-income renters...

 

VOICES: Behind the town halls' "angry white men"   |   August 20, 2009
By Annette Fuentes, New America Media  Behind the anger visible in recent town hall meetings about health care reform is a surging, right-wing populist movement fearful of...

 

VOICES: Adding Insult to Injury   |   August 19, 2009
By Alan Bean, Friends of Justice On December 19, 2007, Grace Head, a 66 year-old resident of Arlington, Texas, set her Doberman Pinscher on two black neighbors, Silk Littlejohn...

 

Watchdog warns of far-right militia resurgence   |   August 14, 2009
The same week a man with ties to a far-right anti-government group showed up with a gun strapped to his thigh at a New Hampshire town hall meeting where President Obama was...

 

VOICES | Red-Baiting and Racism: Socialism as the New Black Bogeyman   |   August 12, 2009
By Tim Wise Throughout the first six months of his administration, President Obama -- perhaps one of the most politically cautious leaders in contemporary history -- has been...

 

Swastika spray-painted at office of black Ga. congressman   |   August 11, 2009
One day after telling a reporter that he saw worrisome racial undertones in the health care reform debate, U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) discovered someone had painted a swastika...