Jim Crow

Voting rights and progressive politics

September 13, 2006 - Progressives interested in taking back Southern politics often forget that the reasons for their difficulties in the region are not necessarily due to a lack of progressive voters, but are often due to widespread disenfranchisement of progressive constituencies in the region.

Associated Press looks South

By R. Neal
November 29, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal The Associated Press had a recent series of articles about the South and what it means to be Southern. The articles ran in local papers all over the region and as far away as Minnesota, North Dakota, and California. There's some interesting and thought provoking discussion:

DOJ voter rights investigation trumped by administration higher-ups

By R. Neal
November 17, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal The Washington Post reports that a DOJ Civil Rights Division investigation into Georgia's controversial voter ID legislation concluded that the law discriminated against blacks and recommended that it not be approved. Apparently, their boss did not agree: