Alabama Begins Removing Racist Language From Its Constitution

Many outdated provisions have long since been invalidated, but the language that was specifically intended to enshrine white supremacy has remained.

#alabama, #black-people, #coleman-merika, #constitutional-amendments, #monument-lab-philadelphia-pa-public-art-studio, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

It’s Time to Get a Flu Shot

Public health experts recommend an annual flu shot, and are worried a “twindemic” with Covid-19 could further burden health care facilities this year.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #influenza, #southern-states-us, #university-of-virginia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Southern Republicans Cannot Be Trusted With Public Health

Some matters are too important to be entrusted to state governments anymore.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #governors-us, #gun-control, #hurricane-ida-2021, #lee-william-byron-1959, #louisiana, #mississippi, #new-orleans-la, #southern-states-us, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #army-corps-of-engineers, #buildings-structures, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fair-bluff-nc, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #north-carolina, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #small-business, #southern-states-us, #urban-areas

Why Must Wall Street Return to the Office?

Readers take issue with an Opinion guest essay about the ways of Wall Street. Also: Grandma’s advice about the vaccine; universal health care; Andrew Cuomo’s Emmy; the history of slavery.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #emmy-awards, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

Resistance to Vaccines in the Southern States

Readers offer personal glimpses of life in the South. Also: Senators who tested positive for Covid; Afghanistan’s lesson; hydrogen and the climate.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #energy-department, #global-warming, #hydrogen, #southern-states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

The South Must Teach Its Children the Truth

Attempts to restrict how students are taught about racism in schools have multiplied, but some in the South are standing in defense of real history. 

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #tennessee

Across the Country in an Automobile Built for Two

A Times reporter leaving New Jersey for a new job in Texas asks his 2008 Smart car for one more easy-parking adventure.

#automobiles, #road-trips, #smart-division-of-daimler-ag, #southern-states-us, #texas

Covid-19 Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated

Data from overseas, particularly Britain, suggest the spread of the virus will set vaccinated and unvaccinated communities on very different paths.

#astrazeneca-plc, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #england, #europe, #great-britain, #immune-system, #india, #infections, #israel, #nature-journal, #oregon, #pfizer-inc, #scotland, #seasons-and-months, #south-africa, #south-america, #southern-states-us, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #western-states-us, #your-feed-science, #youth

‘Critical Race Theory’ And How American History Is Taught

What progressives want, and what conservatives are fighting.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #confederate-states-of-america, #education-k-12, #juneteenth, #lincoln-abraham, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us

The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner

The John Lewis Act would reaffirm Congress’s central role in protecting the right to vote against racially discriminatory changes.

#discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #holmes-oliver-wendell-jr, #lewis-john-r, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #senate, #southern-states-us, #supreme-court-us, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

We’re Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic, and We’re Braced for the Worst

We’ve long needed federal intervention to protect abortion rights, but it’s never been more urgent.

#abortion, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #mississippi, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #southern-states-us

Biden’s Covid Recovery Package Could Hinge on Tomorrow’s Job’s Report

Hint: The employment figures only tell part of the story.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #southern-states-us, #summers-lawrence-h, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Severe Weather Expected in South for Third Straight Day

At least two people have been killed, and forecasters said more tornadoes could come on Tuesday.

#alabama, #arkansas, #georgia, #national-weather-service, #southern-states-us, #texas, #tornadoes, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

The Masters Is Business as Usual as Georgia Faces a Political Onslaught

Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from the Atlanta area, but Georgia’s most cherished sporting event remains firmly rooted in the state.

#augusta-ga, #augusta-national-golf-club, #baseball, #black-people, #elder-lee, #georgia, #golf, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #masters-golf-tournament, #morikawa-collin-1997, #player-gary, #relocation-of-business, #rubio-marco, #southern-states-us

The Painful History of the Georgia Voting Law

Republicans today know that blocking access to the ballot has always relied on legal maneuvering and political schemes.

#elections, #elections-state-legislature, #georgia, #southern-states-us, #talmadge-eugene, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

How a Volunteer Army is Trying to Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

Getting the Vaccine Isn’t Easy for Black Americans in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

Amazon Labor Fight: Wages May Not Ward Off Union

Recent organizing campaigns in the South suggest the company’s wage scale may have left it vulnerable to a union.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #organized-labor, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union, #southern-states-us, #wages-and-salaries

Tornado Watch Warns South of ‘Particularly Dangerous’ Storms

The storms were expected to bring damaging winds over 100 miles per hour and large hail to parts of the South on Wednesday evening.

#national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #southern-states-us, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

Should Black Northerners Move Back to the South?

In “The Devil You Know,” Charles M. Blow argues for a Great Migration in reverse, so that Black people can exercise political power across the South.

#black-people, #blow-charles-m, #books-and-literature, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #southern-states-us, #the-devil-you-know-a-black-power-manifesto-book, #united-states-politics-and-government

A World of Black Intimacy at the Card Table

For the poet Hanif Abdurraqib, playing spades with his friends is about so much more than the game.

#black-people, #cards-and-card-games, #southern-states-us

Storm Victims Didn’t Bring It on Themselves

Disasters call for compassion and action, not sniping on social media.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #portland-ore, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #southern-states-us, #texas, #weather

The 4 Great Migrations

America as we have come to know it is most likely a thing of the past.

#black-people, #census, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrants-environmental, #millennial-generation, #national-public-radio, #northeastern-states-us, #pew-research-center, #population, #southern-states-us, #southwestern-states-us, #united-states

Winter Storm Disrupts Automakers, Retailers and Delivery Services

Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.

#delivery-services, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #midwestern-states-us, #natural-gas, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #walmart-stores-inc, #weather

Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-orleans-la, #poverty, #prisons-and-prisoners, #southern-states-us

Black History’s Place in America’s Story

The failure to appreciate Black history leaves our nation incomplete.

#black-people, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

North Carolina Discontinues License Plates With Confederate Flag

The Division of Motor Vehicles said it had received complaints about the specialty plate, which had been issued to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

#automobile-registration-and-license-plates, #automobiles, #confederate-states-of-america, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #north-carolina, #slavery-historical, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-states-us

We Need a Second Great Migration

Georgia illuminates the path to Black power. It lies in the South. Follow me there.

#atlanta-ga, #black-people, #census, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #elections, #population, #race-and-ethnicity, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #southern-states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #whites

Christmas Eve Brings Blizzard Warnings for Midwest

Forecasters predict blizzards in the Midwest. Freezing temperatures in the South. Flooding and power outages in the Northeast. And maybe tornadoes in Florida.

#christmas, #east-coast-us, #eversource-energy, #jacksonville-fla, #knoxville-tenn, #midwestern-states-us, #national-weather-service, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #weather

How Black People Learned Not to Trust

Concerns about vaccination are unfortunate, but they have historical roots.

#black-people, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #medicine-and-health, #sims-j-marion, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #sterilization-reproductive, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

H.I.V. Death Rates Fell by Half 2010-2018, C.D.C. Says

From 2010-2018, significantly fewer people died of H.I.V.-related causes, although survival rates for women and people of color did not improve as much.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #gilead-sciences-inc, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #morbidity-and-mortality-weekly-report, #research, #southern-states-us, #tests-medical, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

How Many Snowbirds Will Be Flying South for the Winter?

The tradition of flocking to Florida and other sunny shores for the winter, usually by retirees, looks different this year.

#canada, #florida, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #southern-states-us, #texas, #travel-and-vacations, #winter-season

Why Evangelicals Aren’t What They Used to Be

Once a religious bloc in search of political purchase, white evangelicals have become a political bloc with a religious past.

#baptist-churches, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #falwell-jerry, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #southern-baptist-convention, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

Despite Everything, People Still Have Weddings at ‘Plantation’ Sites

Weddings help pay for education at American labor camp sites and connect us with history. Is that good enough?

#black-people, #charleston-sc, #confederate-states-of-america, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #weddings-and-engagements, #whites

Louisiana Man Sentenced to Life Over Theft of Hedge Clippers Is Granted Parole

Before 2017, a person in Louisiana could be sentenced to life in prison after receiving a fourth nonviolent conviction under the state’s habitual offender law.

#bryant-fair-wayne, #crime-and-criminals, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #johnson-bernette-j, #louisiana, #mandatory-sentencing, #probation-and-parole, #robberies-and-thefts, #shreveport-la, #southern-states-us

A Counter to Confederate Monuments, Black Cemeteries Tell a Fuller Story of the South

Many have fallen into disrepair, the victims of mismanagement, political strife or abandonment. Now there’s an effort to restore and protect them.

#black-people, #cemeteries, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #columbia-sc, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #southern-states-us

It Hurts to Keep Hoping for Justice

No police officer will have to answer for Breonna Taylor’s death. This never gets easier.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #cameron-daniel-j-1985, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #louisville-ky, #lynching, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us

Julia Reed, Chronicler of Politics, Food and the South, Dies at 59

In Ms. Reed’s writing for Newsweek, Vogue and other publications, her canvas included the follies of the powerful and the pleasures of Southern food.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #deaths-obituaries, #food, #gardengun-magazine, #magazines, #reed-julia, #southern-states-us

5 Standout Recipes From Julia Reed, an Irreverent Voice of the South

The journalist, who died last week at 59, mixed sophistication and down-home pleasures in her cooking.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #gardengun-magazine, #greenville-miss, #reed-julia, #southern-states-us, #writing-and-writers

The Massacre That Emboldened White Supremacists

The 1873 murders of dozens of former slaves in a flyspeck Louisiana town still reverberate.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colfax-la, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #ku-klux-klan, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #supreme-court-us, #thirteenth-amendment-us-constitution

The Trauma of the Civil War Lives On in Faulkner’s Fiction

“The Saddest Words,” by the scholar Michael Gorra, argues that America’s troubled racial past is the central, if often unspoken, theme at the heart of Faulkner’s work.

#books-and-literature, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #faulkner-william, #gorra-michael, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #the-saddest-words-william-faulkners-civil-war-book

Pediatric Doctors Group Apologizes for Racist Past Toward Black Physicians

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently joined other prominent medical organizations in confronting its history of discrimination.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #american-medical-assn, #apologies, #black-people, #discrimination, #doctors, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #medical-schools, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare

When China Met Iran

A growing partnership between America’s main Middle East adversary and Asia’s rising superpower bears careful watching in Washington.

#caucasus-russia, #china, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #national-security-council, #rouhani-hassan, #russia, #southern-states-us, #united-states, #washington-dc, #xi-jinping

The First Time John Lewis and I Integrated the Buses

We just got on and sat in the front row. The bus driver insisted that we move to the back. But we didn’t move.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #john-lewis, #southern-states-us, #student-nonviolent-coordinating-committee-sncc

C.T. Vivian, Martin Luther King’s Field General, Dies at 95

A disciplined advocate of nonviolence, he was on the front lines in the 1960s movement for racial justice.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #king-martin-luther-jr, #southern-christian-leadership-conference, #southern-states-us, #vivian-cordy-tindell

C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Leader, Is Dead at 95

A close associate of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he was a disciplined advocate of nonviolence in the battle for racial justice.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #king-martin-luther-jr, #southern-christian-leadership-conference, #southern-states-us, #vivian-cordy-tindell

Milley Calls for ‘Hard Look’ at Renaming Bases Honoring Confederates

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a House hearing that “there is no place in our armed forces for manifestations, or symbols of racism, bias or discrimination.”

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #defense-department, #house-of-representatives, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #military-bases-and-installations, #milley-mark-a, #names-organizational, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Plague of Willful Ignorance

Trump has empowered America’s anti-rational streak.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #masks, #pellagra, #republican-party, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j

The Walls of the Church Couldn’t Keep the Trump Era Out

The young pastor wasn’t sure his congregation would like what he had to say and had no idea where it would lead all of them. He found himself at a crossroads of God, Alabama and Donald Trump.

#alabama, #christians-and-christianity, #cooperative-baptist-fellowship, #flynt-wayne-1940, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-state-relations, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j