Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

In Mississippi, Nissan's ironic disconnect on civil rights and unions   |   May 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to...

 

More questions in NC redistricting case   |   May 9, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch After two full days of hearings in February, and a request in early April for additional argument from counsel regarding evidence, the three-...

 

The South, still ruled by 'the handful'   |   April 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Fannie Lou Hamer, a folk philosopher of the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta, knew what she was up against in a state and region where an...

 

Another race case for a hostile Supreme Court   |   April 2, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica Little doubt exists that the Supreme Court's most conservative justices want to do away with affirmative action and other race-conscious...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's long resistance to marriage equality (updated)   |   March 27, 2013
(Editor's note: Shortly after this index was published, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) announced that she had changed her position and no longer opposed civil marriage for same-sex...

 

Will North Carolina strike illegal voter literacy test from its constitution?   |   March 26, 2013
With the rise of white-supremacist power in the late 19th century South came efforts by the region's legislatures to block the African-American vote, and one of the most...

 

Who's behind the push to limit multicultural studies in Texas universities?   |   March 20, 2013
Advocates of multiculturalism are girding for a fight in the Texas legislature, where a bill has been introduced that would ban racial, ethnic and gender history studies from...

 

A Colorblind Constitution: What Abigail Fisher's affirmative action case is really about   |   March 19, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica When the NAACP began challenging Jim Crow laws across the South, it knew that, in the battle for public opinion, the particular plaintiffs...

 

FROM THE SOUTHERN EXPOSURE ARCHIVES: Women and lynching   |   March 8, 2013
By Jacquelyn Hall A story in a 1977 issue of Southern Exposure magazine reported on how in the midst of the Great Depression Texas suffragist Jessie Daniel Ames organized a mass...

 

What's needed for labor success in the South: Some Holiness fire!   |   March 4, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South TOUGALOO, Miss. -- I'm a Catholic now, but I grew up in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. My grandfather was a Holiness preacher. I know about...

 

Why the Supreme Court may rule against the Voting Rights Act   |   February 27, 2013
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A year after Trayvon Martin's death, little has changed on 'stand your ground'   |   February 26, 2013
Date on which Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. by George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman who claimed self-...

 

Civil rights leader John Lewis recounts remarkable life in graphic novel trilogy   |   February 21, 2013
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia made history as a leader in the civil rights movement that brought down Jim Crow, and now he's telling his inspiring life story in graphic...

 

Disparate impact and fair housing: Seven cases you should know   |   February 12, 2013
By Christie Thompson, ProPublica Last week, the Obama administration formalized the legal standard it has used to enforce fair housing laws and hold banks accountable for their...

 

Thousands march for economic justice in North Carolina   |   February 11, 2013
On Saturday, Feb. 9, thousands of people from across North Carolina gathered in the state capital of Raleigh to rally for economic and social justice. The event was the seventh...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will the Supreme Court break the heart of the Voting Rights Act?   |   February 8, 2013
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case brought by Shelby County, Ala. challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requiring Justice Department pre-approval of...

 

Does UAW rally at Mississippi college signal revival of labor in the South?   |   January 31, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The gathering at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday night seemed more like an old-time revival meeting than a labor rally, but maybe that'...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

Congressman introduces bill to prod administration on fair housing enforcement   |   January 18, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica As the nation prepares to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Monday, Congressman Al Green, a Texas Democrat, has...

 

From the Southern Exposure Archives: With the People   |   January 18, 2013
Interview with James Orange by Bob Hall This year marks the 40th anniversary of Southern Exposure, the print magazine published by the Institute for Southern Studies, the...

 

The reality of the U.S. violence epidemic beyond Sandy Hook   |   December 17, 2012
Friday's massacre of 20 first-grade students and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. by a disturbed young man who also killed his mother has...

 

The other crucial civil rights case the Supreme Court will be ruling on   |   December 11, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear two cases challenging state and federal laws which prevent the legal union between same-sex couples...

 

Should Congress name a Southern post office after a segregationist, vote-suppressing senator?   |   December 5, 2012
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill to name the historic Century Post Office in Raleigh, N.C. after one of the capital city's political legends, U.S. Sen....

 

Indian Santa: Garnering support for the United Houma Nation through an award-winning documentary   |   November 26, 2012
By Adam Crepelle, Bridge the Gulf "Indian Santa" is a short documentary about, as the name suggests, Indian Santa. The tradition was started in 1985 when Hurricane Juan...

 

The unequal burden of coal plant pollution   |   November 21, 2012
Nearly six million U.S. residents live within three miles of a coal-burning power plant -- but those heavily polluting facilities are not distributed equally throughout the...