The Civil War: The One We Fought, The One We’re Still Fighting

It officially ended 150 years ago on April 9 in Appomattox with General Lee’s surrender, but the deep divisions that produced the Civil War still roil our national psyche.

Jim Crow Is Still America’s National Religion … But It Doesn’t Have to Be

Half a century after the civil rights movement removed most of the legal aspects of the Jim Crow regime the vast majority of religious people in America do not see fit to worship next to people of another race.

The Burning of Columbia and the Persistence of Confederate Mythology

In the wake of the controversy which led to the closing of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, Louis Venters shares a blast from the Confederate past.

Night Train

Jarrett Neal reflects on the heartbreak and alcoholism that so often attended black men from “the Jim Crow South” in this searing poem.

How a Good Man Battled Racism and Died for It…And Why We Have to Keep Fighting a Hundred Years Later

Historian Louis Venters reexamines the life of a forgotten African-American intellectual and religious leader, and explains why the battle for racial justice is neverending.

White People: Take a Friend to See ’12 Years a Slave’

Jamie Utt has a request for his fellow white people this Thanksgiving weekend.

Should Authors Write Characters Outside Their Race?

Should an author write characters of a different race than his own? Is that exploitation? Appropriation? Race denial? Or is it the author’s right? A conversation with Bill Cheng and Christine Lee Zilka on writing outside one’s race.

Ingeniously Unfair “Literacy” Test from 1960s Louisiana

A classic example of a test designed to produce whatever result the tester wants.

The Proper Way To Be Black

Apparently, there is an appropriate way to be a black man in 2013. Christian Coleman wants to discuss why it is that he doesn’t give a damn.

California Assembly Committee Passes ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’

Advocates said, ““It’s about shifting the dialogue so we can start talking about the root causes of homelessness.” A “bill of rights” for the homeless population of California is one step closer to becoming law after being passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee this last week. According to Raw Story, the bill, which was introduced […]

The Invisible World of Rural Black America

Lola Rainey joins two septuagenarian relatives for a Texas road trip through a vanishing America.

Racism: Alive and Well on Social Networks

Logan Smith reminds us, “Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to the societal consequences that speech may provoke.”

Does Mass Incarceration Define America?

If so, what does that mean exactly? If not, why not?

Ballots Behind Bars: The Other 1%

Why inmates should have the right to vote

Trayvon Martin and the Fate of the Alabama Segregation Reference Ban Amendment

Everybody’s talking about the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Nobody’s talking about Alabama Senate Bill 112. That needs to change.

When a White Boy Wears a Hoodie

Erin Kotecki Vest believes we owe it to every child to move the discussion on race forward.