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Combating anti-Asian hate: Here’s a list of resources across the South

The killing of eight people in Atlanta Tuesday, which included six Asian women who worked at massage parlors, has come amid growing discrimination and violence against the Asian community across the country since the pandemic began a year ago. While official FBI data documenting hate crimes from 2020 will not [...]

By |2021-03-18T09:51:07-05:00March 17, 2021|Education, Justice, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

Virginia just abolished the death penalty. Is there a path for other Southern states to do the same?

About a decade ago, Virginia Republican state Sen. Bill Stanley made a decision that cost him three years of his political career. He helped kill a Republican-sponsored bill that would have expanded the death penalty to include accomplices of the so-called “triggerman.” In other words, a person who hadn’t killed [...]

By |2021-03-08T14:03:13-06:00March 4, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Politics, Race, Story|

New PPP federal stimulus could boost women, minority businesses. Here are the details

After being shut out of early coronavirus relief, minority business owners are set for a major boost over the next two weeks after President Joe Biden’s administration opened a window of opportunity aimed at helping America’s smallest and neediest businesses. Starting February 24, there will be new rules for the [...]

By |2021-03-17T09:13:21-05:00February 24, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Politics, Race, Story|

Tuskegee to COVID: A Black doctor on medical racism and overcoming vaccine skepticism

You might have heard of the Tuskegee experiment. It was initially pitched as a six-month study of Black men with syphilis who, in exchange for their cooperation, were told they would be treated for free by the federal government. They never received treatment and the experiment continued for 40 years. [...]

By |2021-02-10T14:54:48-06:00February 10, 2021|Blackness, Education, Health, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

QAnon, Pizzagate and the Deep State: How to talk to the conspiracy theorists you love

Does it feel like the last 12 years have been thoroughly dominated by conspiracy theories? We’ve had President Barack Obama’s birth certificate conspiracy, Pizzagate, QAnon and now disproven theories that the election was stolen. Before that, conspiracy theories about such events as the assassination of JFK, the moon landings and [...]

By |2021-02-25T17:02:43-06:00January 25, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Opinion, Politics, Story|

The ‘hate buffet’: Why designating hate groups is harder than ever

As the country continues to reflect on the deadly armed riot at the U.S. Capitol building last week, an event that stirred anger throughout the country and in Congress, it also appeared to highlight an uncomfortable alliance: the relationship between mainstream politics and far-right hate groups. Several known hate groups [...]

By |2021-01-15T08:09:19-06:00January 14, 2021|Justice, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that became law. What else has he done in Congress?

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that made it into law during his decade in Congress: the renaming of a U.S. Post Office in Alabama. Brooks, the embattled and unapologetic congressman from northern Alabama, has come under pressure after helping mobilize a contentious challenge of the recent [...]

By |2021-01-11T21:08:01-06:00January 11, 2021|Politics, Story|

Some voted Trump, some backed Biden. What are their hopes for the future?

Both President Trump and the Biden/Harris campaign touted coalitions of voters supporting their campaigns. There were Climate Voters for Biden. Sportsmen for Trump. Latinos for both. With Congress set to certify the election results and the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president, [...]

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