May 11, 2023 -
Ben Barber interviewed UNC law professor and anti-poverty scholar Gene Nichol about his new book, “Lessons from North Carolina: Race, Religion, Tribe, and the Future of America,” which offers insights from North Carolina politics aimed at countering the nationwide assault on democratic norms and values.
August 26, 2021 -
Our monuments, markers, and other historical sites shape how we remember our past — with implications for the present. Writing for Southern Exposure magazine in 2000, sociologist and people's historian James Loewen journeyed through the South's memorial landscape and found that, all too often, it got the story wrong. Loewen died this month at age 79.
July 15, 2021 -
CRT teaching bans are being imposed in states and local communities nationwide. But their distorting effects on young people's understanding of their nation's past and present will take a particularly heavy toll in the South — the heart of Black America and the repository of so much Black history.
February 23, 2021 -
A group working to end racial disparities in the state's criminal justice system has launched a campaign to press local officials to take down the Confederate statues standing outside of dozens of courthouses across North Carolina, saying the statues send a message of racial subjugation.
January 14, 2021 -
The Louisiana Supreme Court recently took down a statue of a former judge who fought for the Confederacy and participated in a deadly coup against the Reconstruction-era state government. And in North Carolina, the high court removed a portrait of its former chief justice, a brutal enslaver.
December 17, 2020 -
For years, the North Carolina Supreme Court has faced calls to take down a large painting of a chief justice who trafficked in and brutalized enslaved people. A court-appointed commission wants to replace the portrait with a smaller version, but some members would like to see all of the portraits gone.
October 19, 2020 -
Alamance County, North Carolina, has been the site of recent protests over a local Confederate monument, and its sheriff has long been accused of racism for public comments and his participation in ICE's controversial 287(g) program. We spoke with local activist Aranza Sosa about growing up in the shadow of 287(g) and the power of elected officials who come from the same background she does.