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Jasper, Texas and race in America

June 10, 2008 - It's been 10 years since three white men in Jasper, Texas beat 49-year-old James Byrd, chained him by the ankles to the bumper of a Ford pickup, then pulled him three miles down a country road because he was black.

Katrina could be critical to Texas primaries

February 25, 2008 - With the March 4 Democratic primaries looming in Texas, much has been made of the Latino vote -- a significant 25% of the Democratic primary electorate there. But in a close race, the key block may turn out to be a relatively new demographic in the Texas political landscape: Katrina evacuees.

Happy Juneteenth!

June 20, 2007 - As many know, today is Juneteenth, marking the day in 1865 that African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas were informed that they were free -- over two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. provides more background:

From Texas to Turkey: Profiting from war

December 1, 2006 - As Facing South readers know, the military is a big factor in the politics and economics of the South. More of our country's troops come from the South, and more are based in the South, than any other region in the country.