The Cold Cases of the Jim Crow Era

In March 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt received a letter from a desperate mother. Her son, who was black, had been killed two years earlier, his body pulled from a river near Pickens, Miss. “I am sending a contract in regards to the lynching of my son Willie Jack Heggard,” wrote Jane Heggard. “I have… Read More »

Jesse Jackson Created the Modern Democratic Party

One of the more arresting moments in the presidential campaign came last week, when Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange with activists from Black Lives Matter. “Look, I don’t believe you change hearts,” Clinton said, when pressed about her support for their goals. “I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change… Read More »

Minorities face more discrimination than women, but need less affirmative action?

Poll after poll shows Americans believe “racial minorities” suffer from more discrimination than women. But Americans are also more supportive of affirmative action programs aimed at women than said minorities. That’s the public opinion landscape captured in a new Gallup Poll released Tuesday. Let’s contrast that with the results of a Public Religion Research poll… Read More »