It’s possible that this could be the latest economic downturn to deepen historic inequities, not address them.
Dr. Stephanie M. Yates explains how today’s wealth gap can be explained by a history of policies that cut Black and Brown people out of the opportunity to accumulate wealth.
When it comes to making money on the multi-billion-dollar college football industry, Kiese Laymon doesn't consider himself guiltless.
The Covid-19 pandemic laid bare the problems with the South’s fragmented, patchwork health care system. Nine out of 10 people in the United States who fall into the “coverage gap” live in the South. The region leads the country in high rates of chronic disease and each year we see more and more hospitals shuttering across the rural South.
In an op-ed published on the day of his funeral, Congressman John Lewis offered one final lesson. “Democracy is not a state,” he wrote. “It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”
‘Stand your ground’: Black drivers have always found creative paths into racing despite racism and financial barriers
By Christopher Harress Reckon Staff Writer On a Sunday afternoon in late 1963, on a ramshackle dirt speedway in northeast Florida, a powder blue Chevrolet Bel Air swept to victory and became an iconic part of Black sports history. The 5,000 people in attendance that cold December day did not roar in appreciation as Wendell Oliver Scott emerged from his mud-speckled roadster as the first Black man to win a NASCAR Cup Series race. Race officials at the Jacksonville, Fla., track did not wave the checkered flag as Scott crossed the finish line and refused to acknowledge his two-lap victory. The white race officials instead gave the trophy to a white man who finished in second place. That decision was eventually overturned, according to Scott’s family, but it came hours after the last fans left, robbing Scott of the opportunity to stand above his competitors on the winners’ podium. In this Aug. 1, 1969, file photo, Wendell Scott sits in a race car, location not known. Scott earned a second NASCAR first on Wednesday, May 21, 2014: He became the first African-American driver to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/File) Scott, then 43, waited [...]
A few years ago, when Alabama Democrat Doug Jones narrowly won a U.S. Senate seat, there were more than a few news headlines suggesting that Black women, almost out of the blue, had become inspired to ramp up their organizing efforts to help deliver Jones the victory. Truth is, though, it's always been Southern Black women doing the in-the-trenches work of grassroots organizing in this country — from abolition to civil rights to women's equality.
From the very beginning, people have worked to undermine the voting protections enshrined in the VRA. What does that look like in 2020? Listen to this week's episode of the Reckon Interview.
By Lily Jackson Taking that first college campus tour is a treat. In the South, the tour includes the long walks through shadeless corridors under the weight of 90% humidity, and welling excitement for a freshman year are paired with the cunning wit and charm of student tour guides. They weave superstitious tales, like stepping on the campus seal, while informing incoming students of where the shortest food lines are at noon. This newfound paradise of freedom for young people can seem almost too good to be true. And it is. Over the past month, Reckon has been wheeling out flashlight stories -- shedding light on the unacknowledged history of the SEC’s racist past. We’ve debunked the myth that Auburn University’s first mascot was an eagle. We’ve revealed the many purchases universities made of enslaved people. We’ve drawn inexcusable lines between leaders of the Confederacy and the names of campus dorms and halls of learning that still exist today. And on each campus where building name changes have begun, the students have said repeatedly, “This isn’t over. It’s not enough.” For those who wish to continue learning about the history of SEC universities -- the alumni, the future students, [...]
‘No word of support’: The University of Georgia has a history of dodging campus racism. Students say that ends now.
The University of Georgia released a hoard of "diversity initiatives" this week, but students are asking what makes these any different than previous fruitless efforts. "This is not the end."
LSU acted fast when they changed the name of one building, but now, students say university administration is slowing the change. Some students won’t accept that this fall.
At Ole Miss, despite Confederate statue’s relocation, a fight to support Black students is far from over
Mississippi has seen changes over the past few weeks, but students are far from done fighting for equitable education and reparative justice.
Young, black mayors in cities across the South are finding the balance between answering to their communities and managing law enforcement.
Alabama’s largest universities to grapple with deep wounds from slavery, Jim Crow. Can they build a better future?
It’s no surprise that Alabama and Auburn share dark histories of racism. But as a growing number of students demand to bring those injustices further into the light, can reconciliation and healing begin?
Remember Silent Sam: Student activists head back to campus more determined than ever to address racism
Students are heading back to campus in August, ready to overthrow white supremacy. Are universities ready?
Over the last week, thousands of people across Alabama have turned out to protest police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Pictured is Mia Speights of Birmingham.
They came to the Huntsville city council to ask questions and levy criticism after police twice last week released tear gas to break up protests over the death of George Floyd. More than three dozen people spoke, some firing harsh words at Huntsville police Chief Mark McMurray and Mayor Tommy Battle and others wanting to know why the protests were halted in a militaristic manner.
Kneeling is healing. Listen. Look around. Pay attention. Who is humble? Who is kneeling? Listen. Love.
Three Confederate memorial plaques are to be removed from the University of Alabama campus. The decision came from the Board of Trustees of the UA System, in consultation with Stuart Bell, UA president, according to a release from the UA System on Monday afternoon. The three plaques are located on and in front of the Gorgas Library, and they will be relocated to a “more appropriate historical setting.”
The 120-year-old Confederate statue of Admiral Raphael Semmes was removed overnight without any warning by the City of Mobile. The removal comes after days of peaceful protest in the Port City and after Birmingham removed its Confederate memorial in Linn Park Monday and Tuesday.
Major retailers and local bookstores alike have seen a surging demand for books about racial justice as protests and demonstrations against police brutality have been held around the world. Of the top 20 best-selling books on Amazon the morning of June 5, 14 of those books were about racial equality.
This young child is protesting today on the edge of Mobile’s Memorial Park. Situated between a monument to those who died in the Great War fighting against colonial powers and a Confederate Civil War cannon, around 100 young activists lined the park to protest the death of George Floyd and other black people who have died at the hands of police officers. 📸 @charress
Comedian Roy Wood Jr. joined “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday to talk about being back in Birmingham and the removal of the Confederate monument from Linn Park.
Situated between a World War I monument and a Confederate Civil War cannon, around 100 young activists gathered in Mobile’s Memorial Park Thursday afternoon to protest the death of George Floyd and other black people who died at the hands of police. Compared to the civil unrest seen in Mobile on Sunday and in Birmingham and Huntsville over the last five days, Thursday’s protest in the Port City was remarkably different. Protesters, who lined Old Government Street and Government Street, were young, diverse, and very peaceful.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Wednesday told NBC’s “Today Show” he has received death threats after he had the Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument removed from the city’s Linn Park.
Sweet father and daughter moment at a very peaceful and uplifting protest in West Mobile Tuesday evening. The protests were led by passionate high school and college-aged kids.
Young protesters just off Airport Boulevard in Mobile. They wanted to march down on the main road but MPD Chief Lawrence Battiste threatened to arrest them if they stopped the regular flow of traffic. They stuck to the fringes of a nearby parking lot.
Monday night, a day after protesters tried to destroy the obelisk Confederate monument that stood in Birmingham’s Linn Park, the statue was dismantled by a contractor hired by the city. Tuesday morning, only the base remained.
Windows were smashed, small businesses looted, and a statue of Thomas Jefferson was set on fire Sunday night in Birmingham after protestors' attempted and failed to bring down a confederate monument in Linn Park. Protests erupted across the country this weekend in response to the police killing of George Floyd on May 25.
Why would a white person want to use that word? Even if you don't mean harm, if you know that it causes painful feelings to surface or be interpreted as hateful toward people of color, is it worth it to sing it?
Michael Harriot, an award-winning senior writer for the Root and one of the most influential voices in the South today
The daughter of two governors, Peggy Wallace Kennedy is writing a legacy of her own.
"I hope people will take from this that, if we resolve to do better, we have the power to do better," Alabama innocence lawyer and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson says about the new film, 'Just Mercy'. "We can create a more reliable, more just system. But it takes all of us." "Just Mercy," which features Michael B Jordan playing Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as his client, Walter McMillan, and is in theatres everywhere Friday.
Rev. Dr. William Barber II draws a lot of comparisons to another Southern preacher. He’s been heralded by people like Dr. Cornell West as today’s answer to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The North Carolina-based pastor today is fighting for many of the same issues King marched for 50 years ago.
Lee Bains III shares his views on the South in the latest episode of The Reckon Interview.
The Daily Show’s Roy Wood, Jr. on Southern comedy, stereotypes and getting a sitcom filmed in Alabama.
It's been more than a year since The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery. Since then, nearly half a million people have visited. In a moving tribute, Reckon's Starr Dunigan reflects on why it's important we remember those lynched by mobs in Alabama and around the country.