Race and Civil Rights

Baton Rouge redistricting case will test the future of the Voting Rights Act   |   August 1, 2013
A federal trial is about to get underway in Louisiana that promises to be a case study into what happens in jurisdictions previously covered by the Voting Rights Act's Section...

 

NAACP appealing North Carolina redistricting ruling   |   July 30, 2013
After a three-judge panel in North Carolina upheld a Republican-drawn redistricting plan earlier this month that civil rights groups call an illegal gerrymander, the NAACP has...

 

DOJ to sue Texas under Voting Rights Act 'bail-in' provision   |   July 26, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act's Section Five, Texas could still face "preclearance...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina turns back the clock on voting rights   |   July 26, 2013
Date on which North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature gave final approval to House Bill 589, a broad package of election changes that critics called a "full-...

 

Restrictive NC voting bill sparks sit-in, talk of legal action by Justice Department   |   July 25, 2013
Conservatives in North Carolina said back in March that they would “slow-walk” a carefully considered voter ID bill through the legislative process to make sure it...

 

NAACP links proposed NC voting changes to historical white supremacist politics   |   July 24, 2013
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and other groups involved in the Forward Together movement against the Republican-controlled state legislature's ultraconservative...

 

VOICES: Southerners take to the streets   |   July 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The lingering image of the happy-go-lucky Southerner, content with his lot, happy to get a pat on the head from the local patriarch, is being shaken to...

 

Virginia unveils plan for restoring voting rights to former felons   |   July 19, 2013
In May, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a historic win for voting rights: the automatic restoration of those rights for former nonviolent felony offenders on an...

 

NC Senate outdoes the House with harsh voter ID law   |   July 19, 2013
After North Carolina House Republicans passed one of the harshest photo voter ID bills in the country in April, Senate Republicans have gone even further by scrapping university...

 

How Zimmerman's colorblind trial helps the Justice Dept.'s case   |   July 18, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Colorlines.) Veteran civil rights attorneys and advocates are convinced that enough evidence of wrongdoing remains from the George Zimmerman...

 

VOICES: For young black men in American cities, you're either invisible or viewed as a threat   |   July 16, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Next City.) My wife and I left the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in a limousine last Sunday, both of us hyped from her appearance that...

 

Fresh scrutiny of Stand Your Ground laws after acquittal in Trayvon Martin killing   |   July 15, 2013
In the wake of last year's shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, attention turned to the American...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A looming legal battle over hog farm pollution in North Carolina   |   July 12, 2013
Number of Eastern North Carolina residents who this month notified Virginia-based pork giant Smithfield Foods that they plan to sue over the company's hog farm pollution,...

 

Zombie voter fraud attack proved false, again   |   July 12, 2013
According to some state lawmakers, there is an alternate universe where zombies run amok, looking not to physically attack us but vote us out of existence through fraudulent...

 

NC redistricting decision a setback for voting rights   |   July 10, 2013
(Editor's note: Brentin Mock, a New Orleans-based reporter whose work has also appeared in Colorlines and The Nation, will be contributing to Facing South while publisher...

 

Tea party group responds to NC protest movement with 'Marxist Mondays' song   |   July 8, 2013
With participants in North Carolina's Moral Monday protest movement preparing to gather at the state legislature for another weekly demonstration against lawmakers' hard-...

 

What now for North Carolina's Racial Justice Act?   |   July 5, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch It didn't take long for Gov. Pat McCrory to put pen to paper and sign off on the repeal of the state's landmark Racial Justice Act,...

 

Essential reading for July 4th   |   July 4, 2013
In honor of Independence Day, we here at Facing South are revisiting one of our favorite holiday-themed readings: the oration that came to be known as "What to the Slave Is...

 

NC protester database now disclosing public employee salaries   |   June 28, 2013
The conservative group that launched a website last week publicizing details about people who've been arrested during the ongoing Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina...

 

Class action: A challenge to the idea that income can integrate America's campuses   |   June 25, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica Affirmative action occupies a telling place in a nation painfully aware of its racial inequities yet painfully divided over how to solve them....

 

Art Pope-funded group launches database targeting Moral Monday arrestees   |   June 19, 2013
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database targeting people who've been arrested as part of the Moral Monday...

 

What happens if the Supreme Court cuts out the heart of the Voting Rights Act?   |   June 12, 2013
Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling in an Alabama case challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Shelby County v. Holder...

 

How not to respond to peaceful protesters: Lessons from North Carolina politicians   |   June 12, 2013
In their sixth week now, the Moral Monday protests against the North Carolina General Assembly's far-right agenda show no signs of stopping any time soon -- and in fact, the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A blow to racial justice in North Carolina   |   June 7, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled North Carolina House voted to repeal the remaining sections of the Racial Justice Act, a state law that allows death row inmates to have...

 

VOICES: From 'Mississippi Goddam' to 'Jackson Hell Yes'   |   June 7, 2013
By Bob Wing Chokwe Lumumba -- a founder and leader of the Republic of New Afrika, the New Afrikan People's Organization and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, defense attorney for...