Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

From prejudice to progress: The political evolution of Sen. Robert Byrd   |   June 28, 2010
Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) ended his record run in the U.S. Senate today, passing away early this morning at age 92. Byrd joined the Senate in 1959, going on to become not only...

 

Nikki Haley: Is she Sikh enough?   |   June 24, 2010
By Viji Sundaram, New America MediaNikki Haley won the Republican nomination for governor of the state of South Carolina Tuesday. She now has to start thinking about the general...

 

The color of foreclosure: Blacks, Latinos still losing homes at record numbers   |   June 18, 2010
Thanks to a certain oil spill and other attention-grabbing events, the nation's home foreclosure crisis has drifted off the news headlines. But a new study by the Center for...

 

Fears of cultural extinction on Louisiana's Gulf Coast   |   June 15, 2010
By Jordan Flaherty As BP's deepwater well continues to discharge oil into the Gulf, the economic and public health effects are already being felt across coastal communities....

 

Send me and Sue to investigate the Gulf next week   |   June 15, 2010
Dear Facing South reader -- I'm writing to ask for your help today. As you know, the BP oil spill is one of our country's biggest disasters ever -- and for many on the Gulf Coast...

 

The rise of "multi-racials" could change U.S. politics   |   June 14, 2010
By Marisa Trevino LatinaLista The U.S. Census released a report last week that showed something that everyone has known to be on the horizon for a while now -- the growth in...

 

Justice in Mississippi: Curtis Flowers starts record sixth murder trial   |   June 10, 2010
An African American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in U.S. history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Mr....

 

VOICES: Obama sends in the border troops   |   May 28, 2010
By Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer While conservatives have already started blaming President Obama for not allowing the National Guard to construct gun turrets on top of the...

 

VOICES: Why everyone should know about Kamau Marcharia   |   May 21, 2010
Who is Kamau Marcharia a.k.a. Robert John Lewis and why should anyone care about him? And, how did he get tangled up in sex offender punishment and politics, voting rights...

 

Why Rand Paul's views on civil rights are no surprise   |   May 20, 2010
How fast things can change. Just two days ago, Tea Party favorite Rand Paul was celebrating his stunning victory in Kentucky's primary to run as the GOP's candidate for U.S....

 

State Policy Watch: Alabama and Kentucky close tough legislative sessions   |   May 20, 2010
NOTE: With state legislative sessions coming to a close, in the coming weeks Facing South will be offering reports on key policy decisions in Southern states. The following comes...

 

Ocoee, Florida: Remembering 'the single bloodiest day in modern U.S. political history'   |   May 14, 2010
NOTE: This thoughtful essay comes to us from Paul Ortiz, a former Institute board member and director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida in...

 

Still Fishy Business: Workers in Mississippi's huge catfish industry poised to go on strike   |   May 11, 2010
By Joseph B. Atkins OXFORD, Miss. - Hundreds of workers at Delta Pride Catfish, Inc., in the Mississippi Delta are poised to go on strike, 20 years after a previous strike that...

 

Census: GOP poised to shape political lines for South's growing Latino communities   |   April 20, 2010
In 2008, two-thirds of Latinos in the U.S. voted for President Obama. That margin proved critical in states like Florida, where Latinos made up 14 percent of the voters, and 57...

 

Tax Week: Who's coming to the tea parties?   |   April 13, 2010
Tea partiers are gearing up for Tax Day protests this Thursday, which marks just over a year since the new conservative movement exploded on the scene. For tea party leaders, one...

 

New clues emerge in post-Katrina vigilante shooting at Algiers Point   |   April 13, 2010
by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Brendan McCarthy, Times-Picayune Three days after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a ghost town, somebody shot Donnell Herrington twice...

 

What we can learn from 'the real Norma Rae'? (video)   |   April 12, 2010
Last fall, Crystal Lee Sutton -- a woman whose bravery in organizing textile workers in the 1970s was immortalized in the film "Norma Rae -- died of brain cancer after...

 

Virginia reawakens the South's Confederate ghosts   |   April 8, 2010
When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell declared April as the state's Confederate History Month, Republican operatives likely thought it was a safe and symbolic gesture that would please...

 

Texas Tough: An Interview with Robert Perkinson   |   April 5, 2010
By Adam Culbreath, Open Society Blog Your new book, Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire, paints a pretty dismal and disturbing picture of the history of incarceration in...

 

Louisiana environmental racism case gets international hearing   |   April 2, 2010
For the first time in history, an international human rights body has agreed to review a case involving allegations of environmental racism in the United States. The Inter-...

 

CENSUS DAY: What's at stake   |   April 1, 2010
Today is Census Day. Yes, it's also April Fool's Day (whose bright idea was that?), but the 2010 Census count is serious business. Why? For one, the economy. Communities...

 

VOICES: Health care reform - a step forward but long road ahead   |   April 1, 2010
By Maya Rockeymoore, New America Media Now that the health care reform bill has been signed into law, President Obama and the Democratic Congress have a significant legislative...

 

Feds investigating Baton Rouge police for post-Katrina actions   |   March 30, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Baton Rouge Police Department's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to the...

 

Black farmers forgotten again   |   March 29, 2010
The Obama administration reached a historic $1.25 billion settlement last month in a long-standing lawsuit over decades of racial discrimination against African-American farmers...

 

VOICES: Did Sunday's immigration march do any good?   |   March 23, 2010
By Marisa Trevino, LatinaLista The pictures prove it. Over 200,000 (unsubstantiated estimates go as high as 500,000) immigration reform marchers, dressed in white t-shirts and...