Category Archives: Race

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia’s Iconic Peach

During peach season, Georgia’s roads are dotted with farm stands selling fresh peaches. Year-round, tourist traps sell mugs, hats, shirts and even snow globes with peaches on them. At the beginning of the Georgia peach boom, one of Atlanta’s major roads was renamed Peachtree Street. But despite its associations with perfectly pink-orange peaches, “The Peach… Read More »

A former federal prosecutor proposes radical criminal justice reforms to benefit black men

Early on, in his recently published book, Chokehold [Policing Black Men], Paul Butler states, “cops routinely hurt and humiliate black people because that is what they are paid to do.” It’s a bold and stark claim that Butler, a Georgetown University Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, never backs away from as he challenges… Read More »

Defense Department grant will aid in researching missing Tuskegee Airmen

A two-year renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will enable Tuskegee University to conduct historical and genealogical research on unaccounted for, or “missing,” Tuskegee Airmen. The grant, under the auspices of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), will establish a postdoctoral research fellowship in college’s Department of History and Political Science. This postdoctoral… Read More »

Black Minister Leaves Southern Baptist Convention Over Its Support of Trump, Alt-Right

In a scathing open letter published in The New York Times this week, an African-American minister announced his departure from the Southern Baptist Convention over the church’s reluctance to denounce white supremacy and its outward support of President Donald Trump. Lawrence Ware, who serves as co-director of the Center for Africana Studies at Oklahoma State… Read More »

Did the Rodney King video change anything?

In the spring of 1991, one man holding a small Sony camcorder captured video that seemed to prove exactly what African-Americans had been protesting throughout the 20th century. Millions watched their television screens as four white Los Angeles police officers viciously beat a 25-year-old African-American man named Rodney King, over and over again. The video… Read More »

Having “The Talk” With Your African American Son in 2017

My husband and I found ourselves having “the talk” with our son, Sunday night—which is ironic in light of the advice Michael Vick gave to Colin Kaepernick, urging him to “cut his hair” in an effort to help him “find a job” on Tuesday. The talk—not the sex talk, but the other talk you have… Read More »