How do we fix child care in the South? These 5 advocates have thoughts

Before the pandemic, the South was already a place where child-care workers are paid less, even when wages are adjusted for cost of living, than the national average. Many places in the South, particularly rural areas, don’t have enough child-care slots for the number of eligible children.  This year, Reckon obtained data on child-care program closures in Tennessee, Alabama, [...]

By |2021-10-25T10:59:36-05:00October 25, 2021|Blackness, Education, Feature, Health, Justice, Reckon|Women|

Why Black communities’ lack of parks is an environmental justice issue

Since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged more than 20 months ago, green spaces in the nation’s cities have become valuable outdoor refuges, places to escape the tedium of life surrounded by four walls. As the science around how the disease spreads has become clearer, and the nation’s collective mental health plummeted [...]

By |2021-10-21T09:16:06-05:00October 21, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Feature, Health, Politics, Race|

A child care crisis worsened in the pandemic. Meet the Southerners working to fix it.

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Sylvester watched with growing concern as child care centers around her own center in Jackson, Miss. closed their doors – for good. “There was one center that was just down the street, the largest center in this area, which had been [...]

By |2021-10-15T09:18:41-05:00October 13, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Feature, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

Fighting climate change inequity through flood insurance? Yep, it’s a thing.

On September 10, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson arrived at the George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans’s hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward. The school, built just four years earlier, had become a refugee center for those affected by a Category 4 hurricane that pummeled the city the previous day [...]

The pandemic’s devastating mental health effects are slowing — but less so in the South

A new report shows that while fewer Americans report experiencing certain mental illness symptoms, the rate of decrease in the South lags the rest of the nation.  Specifically, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky saw the least amount of change from 2020 to 2021, the report shows.  [...]

By |2021-09-16T09:24:28-05:00September 16, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Story|

As Black folks reimagine soul food, plant-based eating is on the rise

For Black Americans, eating greens is becoming about a lot more than massive pots of collards, mustards and turnips.  While the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and brown communities, some have found restitution by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diets and, in some cases, switching to plant-based diets.  [...]

By |2021-09-15T13:24:57-05:00September 14, 2021|Blackness, Feature, Health, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

Video: Two counties. One state border. Dramatically different vaccination rates

Like most of the country, COVID-19 vaccination rates are dramatically different across the region. While shots might rise in one southern state, the vaccination motivation could be at a standstill in another state. Sometimes, these stark differences are just a stone throw’s away, one county over across the border. Here, [...]

By |2021-09-08T12:24:59-05:00September 8, 2021|Health, Video|
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