June 17, 2020 -
This week marks five years since the racist massacre of black worshippers at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The grim anniversary finds America in turmoil over police violence and a global pandemic that also reveals our racial divisions. While we tend to think our nation's story is always getting better, recent events make that hope hard to sustain, writes South Carolina native John Cooper.
August 16, 2017 -
Following far-right violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked by efforts to remove a statue of Confederate General Lee, there have been renewed efforts to take down monuments to the Confederacy. In Durham, North Carolina, activists toppled one at the county courthouse, while construction workers took down another in Gainesville, Florida. But hundreds remain — and some states have laws that aim to keep them standing.
July 2, 2015 -
Fifteen years ago, the case of the Charleston Five brought international attention to the struggles of black workers in the South. The South Carolina dock workers have continued to be a vital community force, including serving as a meeting ground for the local Black Lives Matter movement.
June 24, 2015 -
Earl Holt, president of the white-supremacist group cited as an influence by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, has spent $65,000 backing Republican politicians — but he's not the only white-supremacist leader to support conservative politicians.