October 25, 2019 -
A lawsuit challenging Mississippi's unusual system for electing statewide offices, imposed to disenfranchise African Americans after Reconstruction, could still be working its way through the courts when voters cast ballots next month in the state's first competitive gubernatorial race in years.
October 4, 2019 -
The recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the bloody Elaine Massacre sought to correct the historical record and start hard conversations, while the community wrestles with the ongoing legacies of racial trauma and injustice.
August 29, 2019 -
They are turning to the courts to challenge a controversial new state law that imposes civil penalties on groups and individuals who submit incomplete voter registration forms. The law was passed after a successful effort to register more young people and African Americans for the 2018 midterm election.
April 11, 2019 -
The issue of reparations for slavery is once again getting attention in Washington, with legislation introduced to study the matter getting unprecedented levels of support. Many of the Democrats hoping to unseat President Trump are embracing the concept.
April 10, 2019 -
Though better known these days for erecting statues to Confederate veterans during the Jim Crow era, the United Daughters of the Confederacy also promoted white supremacist Lost Cause propaganda through their campaigns to control history textbooks used in the South's public schools. That miseducation continues to haunt our politics today.
March 15, 2019 -
Playwright, actor, educator, and community organizer John O'Neal died last month in New Orleans. In his memory, we share a searing story he wrote that ran in Southern Exposure, the print magazine forerunner of Facing South, in 1997.
March 1, 2019 -
A new coalition seeks to end Duke Energy's electric monopoly in North Carolina in hopes of hastening the shift to clean energy. There's also an effort underway to bring competition to the electricity market in Florida, where Duke operates as a regional monopoly.
February 21, 2019 -
Cheri Beasley will soon be sworn in as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, becoming the first black woman to lead the court. She brings much-needed diversity to the South's appellate courts, which are overwhelmingly white and male.
February 15, 2019 -
Groups funded by Big Oil and other special interests are reviving a scheme — refined by a Koch brothers associate in the 1990s — to evaluate judges in Louisiana and Mississippi based on whether they rule in favor of corporations. It's the latest effort to stack the judiciary.
February 1, 2019 -
The movement to oust Confederate symbols from public property has made gains in 2019, even while the continuing uproar over the toppled Confederate statue at UNC-Chapel Hill led to this week's forced resignation of Chancellor Carol Folt.