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Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 1:17PM

Because Nathan Bedford Forrest wasn’t just a confederate hero and KKK leader. He was a genius, according to supporters.

Topics: History, Politics

Mapping America's Brutal Past, and Humanity's Capacity for Revolt

Mapping America’s Brutal Past, and Humanity’s Capacity for Revolt

by Imara Jones on January 19 2011, 10:12AM

An 1860 census of the American South reveals much more than the region’s demography.

Topics: History

We Twisted King's Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

We Twisted King’s Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

by Tim Wise on January 17 2011, 8:00AM

Today’s remembrances abstract non-violence from justice, colorblindness from racial equity and public service from radical social transformation.

Topics: History, MLK Day

Remembering MLK: The Things We've Forgotten Would Guide Us

Remembering MLK: The Things We’ve Forgotten Would Guide Us

by Barbara Ransby on January 14 2011, 9:51AM

Civil rights historian Barbara Ransby says we are all King’s political heirs.

Topics: History, MLK Day

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

by Benjamin Greenberg on January 12 2011, 10:17AM

There were many more killings than those of activists. A Louisiana black businessman’s murder is the latest case reporters have reopened.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History

Arizona's History of Hate: A Timeline Interactive

Arizona’s History of Hate: A Timeline

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 11:37AM

Activists at Alto Arizona map out over two decades of political violence in the state.

Topics: History, Immigration, Joe Arpaio

Rachel Maddow Breaks Down How the Racist Political Past is Present

Rachel Maddow Breaks Down How the Racist Political Past is Present

by Julianne Hing on October 20 2010, 4:00PM

We’re still living out the Southern Strategy Republicans dreamed up in the 1960s.

Topics: 2010 Elections, History

Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Generations of Black Immigrants

Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Generations of Black Immigrants

by Greg Varner on October 1 2010, 10:00AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses her definitive new study of the Great Migration with ColorLines.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Charges That a Civil Rights Hero Was an FBI Spy Shouldn't Shock Us

Charges That a Civil Rights Hero Was an FBI Spy Shouldn’t Shock Us

by Barbara Ransby on September 15 2010, 10:46AM

Government snoops were always close confidants.

Topics: History, National Security

King's Movement Was More Interested in Justice Than Harmony Photo

King’s Movement Was More Interested in Justice Than Harmony

by Hatty Lee, Kai Wright on August 28 2010, 1:10PM

A look at real message in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Topics: History, Kai Wright

Glenn Beck's MLK Dream is Perverse, But What's Our Vision?

Glenn Beck’s MLK Dream is Perverse, But What’s Our Vision?

by Kai Wright on August 26 2010, 11:00AM

Beck and the right have been the loudest national voices on race for too long.

Topics: Glenn Beck, History, Kai Wright, Politics

The 90th Anniversary of a Women's Right to Vote Photo

The 90th Anniversary of a Women’s Right to Vote

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on August 21 2010, 11:45AM

The movements for women’s rights and racial justice have a long, intertwined history.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History

45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Photo

45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on August 7 2010, 3:13PM

A look back at the historic blow for racial justice.

Topics: History

Arizona's Long Walk to SB 1070 Interactive

Arizona’s Long Walk to SB 1070

by Valeria Fern�ndez, Daisy Hernández on May 17 2010, 12:00PM

The Grand Canyon State is now considered a standard-bearer for anti-immigrant backlash. But it didn’t get there on its own. Check our interactive timeline of how the feds pushed Arizona over the right’s edge.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, History, Immigration

Henry Louis Gates’ Dangerously Wrong Slave History

by Barbara Ransby on May 3 2010, 12:00PM

The celebrity academic’s New York Times editorial is not only a disservice to history, it comes at exactly the wrong time in our discourse on race.

Topics: History

SNCC’s 50th Anniversary Is A Radical Reminder

by Jamilah King on April 16 2010, 9:00AM

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Topics: History

Barbour: Slavery ‘Goes Without Saying,’ Confederate History Flap’s a ‘Nit’

by Kai Wright on April 12 2010, 9:44AM

Looks like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s on a roll. Fresh off of praising the federal response to Katrina as “generous” — in a speech in New Orleans, no less — the chair of the Republican Governors Association tells CNN…

Topics: History, Politics

South Rides Again in Virginia Governor’s Office

by Kai Wright on April 7 2010, 8:30AM

It’s enough that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a GOP darling, has revived the tradition of declaring April “Confederate History Month.” But what’s truly astonishing is that in bringing it back he dropped from the ceremonial proclamation a previous obligatory nod…

Topics: History, Politics

Rewriting History in Texas

by Michelle Chen on March 13 2010, 8:38PM

Rewriting history sounds like a daunting task, but an elite group of educational “experts” in Texas makes it look easy. In the Lone Star State, all you need to dictate education policy is an abiding faith in dead white men,…

Topics: History, Immigration, Politics, Schools & Youth

On The 45th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s Assassination, Feeling El-Hajj

by Adrienne Maree Brown on February 22 2010, 10:29AM

This post originally appeared on Adrienne Maree Brown’s blog. Detroit Red is someone we all know. Bright, beautiful, hustling, trying everything, wanting more, with the unhealed recent familial and current experiences of racism all around like four walls, eyes bigger…

Topics: History