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We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

We're halfway point through the People's First 100 Days, and neither major political party has shown the will and determination to put people first. This isn't the resistance of champagne liberals. Driving people-powered action while nurturing and growing our ranks will force our issues to be at the forefront.

Arts & Soul

Let Black Art Tell It

Through music, art, and literature, these Black Southerners—past and present—are interrogating, re-imagining, and reviving our understanding of Southern survival.

Behind the scenes in Black Appalachia

Movies like "Hillbilly Elegy" erase the legacy of Black folk in Appalachia. Affrilachian writer Crystal Good shares her experience of the Black folks creating, struggling, and thriving behind the scenes.

Race & Place

'Pure America': Eugenics past and present

Elizabeth Catte wrote the official takedown of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, placing it in a tradition of whitewashed poverty porn. In her follow-up, she traces the history and influence of eugenics from her backyard across the country.

Recovery while Black in Appalachia

Racism leads to intergenerational trauma, and some Black folks turn to alcohol and substances to cope. Crystal Good shares her story of addiction and recovery while being Black in Appalachia, and how community, creativity, and trauma therapy redefined the narrative.

Reporter's Notebook: The Power of Proximity

"So many so-called reporters feed stories like this. They get the mugshot from the police department, use officers' account of what happened, scare the public into locking their doors at dusk, rinse, and repeat without blinking, even if the person arrested is a child."

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More stories

Texas' oldest Black university was built on a former plantation. Its students still fight a legacy of voter suppression.

'There's a fear that if all the students voted, and they voted in a certain way, they could take over the county'

Jayla Allen was her family's third generation to attend Prairie View A&M University. She inherited a battle for voting rights in Waller County extending before her grandfather's time at the Southeast Texas college.

'When you come to school, you forfeit your rights'

Wake County students organizing to get police out of their schools are seeing that North Carolina's School Resource Officer program is drenched in a history of racism and abuse.

Student activists—and parents—want police out of Wake County schools. But changing North Carolina's School Resource Officer program is as much about shifting school culture as it is about getting cops off campus.

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