South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from a pole on the Statehouse grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state House and the governor. The bill requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber; the Senate approved it 37-3. Gov. Nikki Haley has said she wants the flag… Read More »

Gettysburg’s black residents: Dropping Confederate flag can’t erase racism

In this historic Pennsylvania town where Union forces defeated Confederate troops 152 years ago, clinching a decisive victory against a rebel government determined to keep black people enslaved, the Confederate battle flag still flies. As Gettysburg festooned itself in Confederate flags and other Civil War memorabilia to mark the famous battle’s anniversary this weekend —… Read More »

GOP Still Drinking Its Kool Aid on Black Voters

You can count on it like clockwork in the run-up to a presidential election. A GOP presidential candidate will make a much publicized declaration that the GOP will shift gears and go all out to court black voters. The candidate will dust off and spout the same shop worn arguments. The Democrats have failed blacks.… Read More »

To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists

The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy. The June 17 slaying of nine black worshippers led to calls to curb displays of the Confederate flag after photos emerged showing the… Read More »

Republicans, Race and Economic Opportunity for All

We are a country with Hispanic CEOs, with Asian billionaires, and a black president. So why is it that today so many black families feel left behind? Why is it that a quarter of African-Americans live below the poverty line? Even after the impact of federal programs like food stamps and housing subsidies, the supplemental… Read More »

Obama set to address NAACP convention in Philly

President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address on July 14 during the NAACP’s 106th annual convention in Philadelphia. This marks the second time Obama will address the convention as president of the United States. The NAACP’s convention will be held July 11-15 under the theme “Pursing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.” “We are… Read More »