Human Rights

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.

A Nation Behind Bars

April 25, 2005 - The Justice Department has released its latest incarceration figures, revealing that the rush to lock up our nation's population continues at a brisk pace:

Eric Rudolph's Reefer Madness

April 12, 2005 - Eric Rudolph, everyone's favorite pot-growing white supremacist, will be pleading guilty tomorrow to several bombings, include a 1998 blast at a Birmingham women's health clinic that killed a security guard and maimed a nurse.

Punishment Is Forever

April 7, 2005 - The St. Petersburg Times reports on how the Hillsborough County (Florida) commission has voted to ban three-time felons from an indigent health care program run by the county. The health plan has fallen into financial crisis, and the change was presented as a way to cut costs.