I am only one generation removed from the history of African American migrants who, between 1917 and 1970, travelled North seeking economic opportunity, education, and respite from the strictures of Jim Crow South.
(Scott Johnson) After John Walters wrote a Weekly Standard article on President Obama’s commutations of incarcerated drug offenders, I asked him to take a look at Michelle Alexander’s dreadful but influential book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Show More Summary
In the Jim Crow era of the 20th century, landowners would not sell beachfront property on the Gulf coast to black investors or even families. Blacks were restricted from visiting any beach- except one. In 1923, Bishop Robert E. Jones...Show More Summary
In the context of the past year’s tensions over police violence, the story of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge book club—11 women, 10 of them African American and one white, ranging in age from 39-85—whose members were ejected from the Napa Valley Wine Train for being “too loud,” may not evoke the same level of outrage.
To American sensibilities, the Negev town of Dimona, Israel recalls the Jim Crow south. Throughout through the town of 33,000, racist graffiti can be seen in abundance on signs, walls and buildings. “Death to Arabs” is a common sight, and stickers promoting Lehava, the state-funded anti-miscegenation group, are posted around town.
The Voting Rights Act was signed into law 50 years ago to rectify a "clear and simple wrong." Throughout the Jim Crow South, African Americans were systematically denied their right to vote through tactics like literacy tests and poll taxes. Show More Summary
image credit You may know of Anita Pointer from The Pointer Sisters as the lead vocalist and writer for the iconic 1980s pop hit 'I’m So Excited.' But what you might not know is that she grew up experiencing Jim Crow segregation in the...Show More Summary
Investor's Business Daily published an Aug. 12 op-ed with the headline: "EPA Regulations Are 'Jim Crow' Laws Of 21st Century." The op-ed, written by a senior fellow at the oil-funded Heartland Institute, attacked the Environmental Protection...Show More Summary
Republicans have done more to undermine the Voting Rights Act in the last three years then all of the slings and arrows hurled at the law by the Jim Crow South. The post GOP Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act With Coded Call For More Voter Suppression appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Why did Black newspaper publishers fight against Jim Crow Era laws and racial injustice?
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