State of transitions

This weekend, a Republican asked why I believed pro-segregationist Democrats became Republicans in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement. Well, because it’s true. I’m not just a student of history, I’m a product of a rural North Carolina county that is half-Black and...
Dispatches from Memorial Day at the beach

Dispatches from Memorial Day at the beach

I spent Memorial Day Weekend at the beach. I chose not to engage in the silly Twitter war over whether or not saying “Happy Memorial Day” is appropriate. Instead, I enjoyed my family and watched the Memorial Day concert from Washington and some documentaries about...

More dispatches from Bojangles

More dispatches from Bojangles

Yesterday, on a drive from Charlotte back to the Triangle, I stopped at Bojangles somewhere between Concord and Greensboro. I had planned to use the drive-thru window, but the line was backed up and there were plenty of parking spaces. I know it’s usually a mistake,...

UNC is making all the wrong enemies

UNC is making all the wrong enemies

Ta-Nehisi Coates. Henry Louis Gates, jr. Chris Paul. Joy Reid. Hundreds of Black American luminaries signed a letter denouncing UNC's treatment of Nicole Hannah-Jones. The letter, issued to The Root, makes stark claims about UNC's behavior. In conclusion the...

Bending the arc

Bending the arc

George Floyd died at the hands of police officers one ago yesterday. His death set off a wave national protests in a nation that had been locked down for two and half months. The reaction to Floyd’s death and the summer of protests and riots that followed laid bare...

New poll paints a disturbing picture of the GOP

New poll paints a disturbing picture of the GOP

Whether because of Fox News or half a decade of being exposed to Donald Trump's tweets, Republicans seem to inhabit a warped reality. That's the takeaway from a poll by Ipsos measuring voter attitudes about recent political events. It seems that many Republicans would...

Speaking of qualifications

Speaking of qualifications

In the Carolina Journal this morning, John Hood made a spirited defense of the UNC Board of Trustees that is under fire for not offering tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones. Hood takes on critics who declare the decision was racially motivated and, instead, notes that...

Controlling the narrative of our history

Controlling the narrative of our history

Republicans are doing everything they can to control the narrative of our history. In some instances, they want to maintain the stories that we’ve been told about a righteous nation that downplays our most egregious wrongs. In others, they want to change the story to...

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