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Prostitution was already illegal in Louisiana. Then Republicans crafted an even more damning law used to target trans sex workers.
The Crime Against Nature by Solicitation statute, passed in an 1980s era of gay panic, unfairly targets queer sex workers to this day. Meet the New Orleans activist working to get the law repealed—and to get its victims' felony records expunged.
As racial justice demonstrations erupted in large cities last year, a new awareness reached smaller towns across the country. For many in Graham, located in central North Carolina's Alamance County, the movement brought to light the long history of violence in a town where protesting is now restricted and the fight for the removal of a Confederate monument created a salient battlefield in the national conflict over race, police and power.
A successful North Carolina campaign in solidarity with Palestine adds to a Southern legacy dating back to the Civil Rights Movement.
Students at the Morehouse Center for Excellence in Education interviewed Black male educators to learn how they are innovating in the virtual classroom.
Arts & Soul
Killer Mike is the media's go-to for thoughts on police reform. At best, his music can be a springboard into liberationist hip-hop. But an issue arises when the press ignores calls for abolition while praising his lyrics like a radical manifesto.
South Asian organizer Anjali Enjeti, author of two new books—Southbound and The Parted Earth—discusses the model minority myth, white Evangelical extremism, and developing radically inclusive movements.
Pauli Murray is having a moment. The potent but undersung 20th-century Civil Rights activist, legal scholar, poet, and priest suddenly seems to be everywhere—110 years after her birth.
As many Black trans women struggle to imagine life after 40 due to the violence they face, a new documentary by Black filmmaker Luchina Fisher honors the life and work of Black trans activist, elder, and legend Gloria Allen.
Race & Place
A combination of strict screening practices, off-campus instruction, and additional student support have left HBCUs with some of the lowest COVID-19 transmission rates across college campuses.
Meet Dr. Howard Conyers, a mechanical engineer at NASA who lives in New Orleans but who originally hails from Manning, South Carolina. Notably, Conyers has also earned high national acclaim for his craft of whole-animal cooking.
Grocery stories don't have to have policies that say they explicitly avoid Black neighborhoods to still be involved in the project of racial segregation as it relates to food.
The language around how we describe the inequalities across the American landscape is always evolving. At one point, the federal government decided to describe neighborhoods or regions that lacked commutable access to grocery stores […]
Essays & Letters
Realizing Abolition is an opportunity to gather together with others committed to challenging the existence of prisons in our society
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C.S. Brown may no longer formally labeled a school for Blacks, but its at-risk students were mostly Black—a symbol of the story education data tell about our Black youth, recognized more for trouble than for promise.
The Leader of the Atlanta Jews of Color Council on why Black and Jewish communities must keep working together.
Randy Shrewsberry used to cringe when his fellow cops made racist comments—until he realized his own actions, rooted in white supremacy, were worse.
POC-led. Women-run. Southern.
Only Arkansas permits criminal consequences for nonpayment of rent—and it has enforced the law during the pandemic. Now, some legislators want to revoke the statute.
A letter from Scalawag's Executive Director-Publisher: White supremacy is the reason that six Asian women and two others were murdered in Atlanta this week. It is the reason that Flint and Jackson don't have clean water. It is the reason Texas was without power during a deadly winter storm. It is the reason George Floyd […]