Morgan Freeman And Other Famous Mississippians Ask State To Remove Confederate Flag

150 years ago, Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union general Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, ending the Civil War. In the years following the conflict, many notable leaders of the secessionist cause, including Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, called for the Confederate flag to be put away as the nation tried to […]

Amite: The Louisiana Town With The Confederate Flag On Police Cars

In the far eastern part of Louisiana near the border with Mississippi, a few miles north of the City of Hammond, is the small town of Amite City. This portion of Louisiana is home to a number of hate groups, and 45 miles to the east is the city of Bogalusa where the last “classical […]

I Am A Southerner And The Confederate Flag Doesn’t Represent Me

I grew up in rural western Virginia back in the 80s and 90s, surrounded by many of the battlefields and other historical sites from the Civil War. Up and down through the green fields and small villages of the Shenandoah Valley, both Union and Confederate soldiers fought and died until the guns finally fell silent […]

Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen Says Church Attendance Should Be Mandatory

Every time we turn around, another conservative member of a state legislature is proposing some insane and often unconstitutional law. Now a state senator from Arizona has stated that attending church should be mandatory because of the “moral erosion of the soul of America” – and in the meantime, everyone should be allowed to carry […]

Ted Cruz Says Gay Marriage Is Dangerous To American Liberty

Ted Cruz just won’t give up. Like many other conservative Republicans who can’t let go of the issue of marriage equality, he refuses to see the writing on wall that gay marriage is rapidly becoming the law of the land. This summer, the Supreme Court is expected to rule that the remaining bans on same-sex […]

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Frozen in Carbonite

As most of us were told in school, fifty years ago a great man made a great speech in front of a bunch of people. And then Black people everywhere were saved and racism ended (or this is the impression we got). Many of us received some variation of that abbreviated lesson early on in […]

We Cannot Sit Idly By While the GOP Systematically Destroys Dr. King’s Dream

50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech on the Washington Mall. Just a few miles to the south is Virginia, my home state, which bitterly resisted the integration of schools even after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans. Even decades later, we still had […]

Racism Isn’t Dead Yet, It’s Just Been Accepted As “Normal”

50 years ago, a bomb took the lives of 4 black girls in Birmingham and destroyed a church as well. Today, Americans like to think that those days of racial hatred and bigotry are behind us, but they’re not. Lynchings, separate water fountains and segregation as a law may be gone, but we still have […]