Human Rights

The return of Trent Lott

November 18, 2006 - Here at Facing South, we were as surprised as all of you to read about the revival of Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), who was driven from Republican leadership in 2003 after waxing nostalgic for the days of the Old Confederacy. By a vote of 25 to 24, Lott will become whip for the now-minority GOP.

Gay marriage bans carry in the South

November 8, 2006 - Amendments to ban gay marriage have easily passed in the three Southern states where they were on the ballot: South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The margins are most lopsided in SC and TN, a bit tighter in VA. Key question is how the presence of anti-gay marriage amendment is impacting VA Senate race.

Protecting the vote

November 7, 2006 - With midterm elections taking place tomorrow, civil rights groups nationwide are gearing up for protect-the-vote initiatives to ensure fairness at the polls, and many of the efforts are focused on Southern states.

'Death Row Injustices' exposed in North Carolina

October 18, 2006 - If ever criminal defendants need quality representation, it's when their life is on the line. But at least 37 people currently on North Carolina's death row -- and at least 16 people executed by the state since 1977 -- did not have lawyers at trial who would meet today's minimum standards of qualification for capital defense attorneys.

"The N-word" crashes into politics

September 26, 2006 - The N-word has reared its ugly head in two political races in recent days. The first case takes us to the trouble campaign of Sen. George Allen (R-VA). Michael Sherer broke the story on Salon.com on Sunday: