Campaign Watch: Marquita Bradshaw vs Bill Hagerty

When Lamar Alexander, a genteel Tennessean who has served as United States Senator since 2003, retires at the end of this year, he will not be succeeded by another moderate Republican. The choices for Tennessee voters this November are Bill Hagerty, a Donald Trump loyalist who has divorced himself from any previous stance resembling moderate,Continue reading “Campaign Watch: Marquita Bradshaw vs Bill Hagerty”

An Appeal to Young Southerners: Please, don’t leave us.

The South can be a frustrating place to live for young progressives. We regularly take two baby steps forward and one large step back. Mississippi legislators voted to remove and replace the state flag which bore a symbol of the Confederacy; the new flag, though, must include the phrase “In God We Trust.” Two yearsContinue reading “An Appeal to Young Southerners: Please, don’t leave us.”

Book Review: Life of a Klansman

What can we learn about racism in 2020 by studying the origins of the Ku-Klux Klan? Edward Ball answers that question with his new book, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy. Ball, who is a direct descendant of 19th century Louisiana slaveowner-turned-Klansman Constant Lecorgne, tells us right out of the gateContinue reading “Book Review: Life of a Klansman”

Hurricane Laura and the South’s Growing Climate Crisis

Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina made its way to Mississippi and Louisiana, and just days after the landfall of Hurricane Marco, Hurricane Laura hit Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. Meteorologists called Laura’s storm surge “unsurvivable.” The storm left at least ten dead, more than 200,000 without accessContinue reading “Hurricane Laura and the South’s Growing Climate Crisis”

Campaign Watch: Cindy Hyde-Smith vs Mike Espy

On November 3, for the second time in as many years, Mississippi’s Cindy Hyde-Smith will seek to defend her U.S. Senate seat from Democrat Mike Espy. Now, as then, race plays a key role in the race. Republican Hyde-Smith was appointed to the office by Governor Phil Bryant in early 2018 after Thad Cochran resignedContinue reading “Campaign Watch: Cindy Hyde-Smith vs Mike Espy”

The Republican Party has abandoned you.

Compassionate conservatism, if it ever existed, breathed its last when Marjorie Taylor Greene won the Republican primary race for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District U.S. House of Representatives seat on August 11. George W. Bush labeled himself as a compassionate conservative, concerned with the needs of the poor, of Black Americans, of immigrants, and it worked.Continue reading “The Republican Party has abandoned you.”

Book Review: Memorial Drive

By Michael Foley Natasha Trethewey, along with writers like Jesmyn Ward and Greg Iles, has been a twenty-first century torchbearer for Mississippi’s literary legacy. Her book Native Guard earned her the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and she was named United States Poet Laureate in 2012. Her new memoir, Memorial Drive, is by far herContinue reading “Book Review: Memorial Drive”

The State of Southern Schools

By Michael Foley “OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!” the President of the United States tweeted on August 3. Well, that’s what’s happening, and so far, the results have been terrifying. That’s especially true in North Paulding High School in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area of Georgia, where members of the football team had already tested positive before theContinue reading “The State of Southern Schools”

Campaign Watch: Doug Jones vs Tommy Tuberville

By Michael Foley “Athletics is what distinguishes us from other countries around the world,” U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville has said of the most obese nation in the world. That statement encapsulates Tuberville’s whole resume for the job he’s seeking: forty years as a football coach, including a 13-0 season as the head coach ofContinue reading “Campaign Watch: Doug Jones vs Tommy Tuberville”

Deep Dive: Exploring Healthcare in the South

By Michael Foley As COVID-19 continues to ravage the United States, the flaws in our healthcare system have become all the more glaring. This is especially true across the South, where Black Southerners are especially susceptible. Southern states consistently rank toward the bottom in nearly all healthcare and wellness metrics. That’s largely due to aContinue reading “Deep Dive: Exploring Healthcare in the South”