Human Rights

Stopping Modern-Day Slavery

June 6, 2005 - Yesterday, media flocked to a story that, as the Associated Press reports, "Federal agents raided a migrant farm labor camp where homeless men and women were kept in what labor officials called a version of modern-day slavery."

Unquiet Grave

June 2, 2005 - They exhumed the body of Emmett Till yesterday. The all-white jury that acquitted his killers reportedly did so in part because they couldn't be certain the body fished out of the Mississippi was really Till.

Unity Rally in Durham

June 2, 2005 - For those in the North Carolina Triangle area, our friend Mandy Carter at Southerners On New Ground has more details on the Unity Rally that will be held this Sunday in Durham in response to last week's cross burnings:

Death and the Lottery

June 2, 2005 - The North Carolina House has postponed its vote on the proposed two-year death penalty moratorium until later this month, because its backers can't muster quite enough support.

Durham to Hold "Unity Rally"

May 31, 2005 - In the wake of the cross burnings that marred Durham last week, there is going to be a city-wide Unity Rally on Sunday, June 5th at 4 pm. The location is still being finalized. The rally is being put on by the Durham Human Relations Commission. We'll keep you posted as we learn more details.

Race and Basketball

May 26, 2005 - Continuing with the theme of atavistic racist behavior: this goes back a few years, but Rex Chapman, one-time "Boy King of Kentucky," has recently been giving interviews about some

Cross Burnings in Durham

May 26, 2005 - Sometimes, despite everything you think you know about progress, human decency, the New South, and all that, the history we so often want to forget slouches rudely into the open. Last night, for the first time in recent memory, the Institute's hometown, Durham, North Carolina, was the site of three cross-burnings.