Challenge To Brown v Board of Education

Segregationists didn’t readily accept the 1954 unanimous Supreme Court ruling of Brown v Board of Education.  Southerners knew the decision would be a major disruption in their way of life, and limit the continued second class system for African-Americans. After the decision was announced, President Eisenhower lamented his choice of recently appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren (Oct 1953 – June 1969). Warren was the former Governor of California and vice presidential running mate in 1948. …

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The Killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson

The story seems to be a familiar one. Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26 year old church Deacon, Vietnam veteran and civil rights worker is shot twice by a law enforcement official and dies eight days later from a brutal beating and gun shot wounds. Events surrounding his death seem eerily similar to the deaths of young black men in recent year. It is entirely possible that nothings changed since the winter of 1965 and that …

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Voting in the Old Confederacy

Voter suppression Southern style is a success. Right wing candidates “closed the deal” on November 4, 2014. By instituting several voting law changes, the heavily Republican state legislature (as a result of the 2010 election and redistricting) successfully created a formula where the majority of the people were disenfranchised and the minority seized power. All of this in the guise of “voting integrity”. By shortening the period of early voting by 7 days in North …

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Moral Mondays

Moral Mondays is an idea that originated in North Carolina, in April of 2013.  The grassroots group protests are in response to the policies of the recently elected Gov. Pat McCrory and the swift and, what many perceived, far right movement of the newly elected state legislator. Many assume the “tea party” movement and Republican or conservative victories in 2010 were a response to the election of President Barack Obama. North Carolina is a great …

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Clayton Bigsby

We owe so much to Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedies. Those seemingly outrageous parodies in many situations illuminated and parroted real life situations. For those that don’t remember the character, Clayton Bigsby, a blind spokesperson noted for his enthusiastic right wing, minority hating followers. Occasionally leading the chant “white power” for the faithful. The “catch” was that Clayton Bigsby was black. In South Carolina for all to see is the manifestation of the popular Clayton Bigsby …

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What’s happened to the middle class?

The 1970’s were difficult times economically and socially. Rampant inflation, an oil embargo and the Iranian hostage Crisis. Maybe it’s Watergate, the Viet Nam War or perhaps the only presidential resignation that seem to make it a memorable decade. All those events set the stage for the Reagan presidency of the 80’s. Partisans ignore the Iran-Contra Scandal, that the national debt, unemployment (10.8% in 1983) and the largest percentage drop in the stock market since …

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