The New York Times Magazine cover story by political correspondent Jim Rutenberg, "A Dream Undone -- Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act," is a 10-part, 10,000-word doorstop (issued with the baleful threatShow More Summary
“To say that racial inequality is due to hundreds of years of [slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow and urban apartheid] is merely to recount how one particular form of economic inequality came about.” (Murky1 / CC BY-SA 2.0) What were...Show More Summary
How did African-American newspapers serve as vehicles for change during the Jim Crow Era?
Investigation finds thousands with disabilities are being isolated in buildings once reserved for black children
July 29th marks the 7th anniversary of the passage of H.Res.194, the first-ever official Congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow. In Charleston, President Obama underscored the need for our nation to acknowledge past injustices and take action to rectify their consequences so we can live up to our founding ideals. Show More Summary
A New York Times editorial this morning compared transgender access to restrooms to the civil rights-era struggles against Jim Crow laws as well as women’s rights and Americans with disabilities. The Times argued that banning transgender...Show More Summary
In 1955, a 14-year-old African American boy named Emmett Till was killed for allegedly flirting with a white woman. It was a murder that stunned a nation in the grip of Jim Crow laws and segregation. Now, Will Smith and Jay-Z, two of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters, are taking on the story for HBO. Show More Summary
By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout Bland’s death over a routine traffic stop is beyond monstrous. It is indicative of a country where extreme violence is the norm—a society fed by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, the incarceration state, the drug wars and the increasing militarization of everything, including the war on Black youth.
Sandra Bland: It’s nothing short of Jim Crow police work By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — We don’t know everything about the inflamed pull-over, arrest, and detention of 28 year-old Sandra Bland in Hempstead, TX. But thanks to modern media, including police dashboard video and postmodern forensic technology, we already more know about her [...]Show More Summary
As Confederate flag defenders spread beyond the old Confederacy, the banner becomes a national symbol of racism. The notion that the Confederate flag is merely a symbol of Southern “heritage,” detached from slavery and Jim Crow, has always been a pernicious lie. Show More Summary
As President Barack Obama talked to reporters after becoming the first American president to visit a federal prison, his thoughts appeared to flash back to the "Choom Gang."
Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness inspired Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins' 2013 album, Jimmy's Back, which evolved into The Last Jimmy: A Hip-Hop Musical. Choreographed by Rennie Harris and directed by Ozzie Jones, the show is about the intersection of private profit...
CAN KATE STEINLE GET JUSTICE IN “JIM CROW” SAN FRANCISCO? “Here’s the $64,000 question: If the homicide investigation is inadequate; if the prosecution is not vigorous; if the sanctuary city concept or immigration is put on trial instead of the defendant; if the Sheriff’s Department is not held accountable–will the Department of Justice come in as […]
fri 7/17 Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness inspired Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins' 2013 album, Jimmy's Back, which evolved into The Last Jimmy: A Hip-Hop Musical. Choreographed by Rennie Harris and directed by Ozzie Jones, the show is about the intersection of...
(Scott Johnson) This week President Obama commented the sentences of “46 non-violent drug offenders.” In commuting these sentences, Obama is doing his thing to lead and otherwise contribute to the race-based assault on law enforcement. Show More Summary
It seems like overnight. Americans' attitudes are changing on social issues--like gay marriage and the flying of Confederate flag at state capitols. But the changes seem fast only if you ignore the centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, and repression, before that rapid "overnight" change. Show More Summary
Voting Rights Legacy of the ’60s Heads to Court as N.C. Law Is Tested (New York Times) -- Days after South Carolina confronted its past and lowered the Confederate battle flag, North Carolina will grapple with present-day rules that determine access to the voting booth. Show More Summary
A few years back Michelle Alexander wrote an amazing book, The New Jim Crow..., that remains so relevant today. It is about a new form of exclusion, segregation, and separation of African-Americans based on racist policing and "justice"...Show More Summary
Ever since the announcement in February that a second novel by Harper Lee had been found among her papers, untold numbers of readers have been counting the minutes until its publication. And why not? Ms. Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960) is the most beloved novel in American history—more popular than even the Bible in numerous polls. Show More Summary