The South

Instill Life
The dark and light of Sally Mann
May 14, 2015

Photographer Sally Mann's career has been dogged by controversy. In a new memoir, she says it was never about the kids, but the place.

The White Man's Bargain
May 01, 2015

A strange idea has been running through some of the commentary about Baltimore: Wasn’t electing Barack Obama supposed to fix this?

Southerners Shouldn't Take Attacks on the Confederacy Personally
And they should embrace the idea of celebrating the country's reunion
April 07, 2015

And they should embrace the idea of celebrating the country's reunion.

When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script
February 23, 2014

There's a long history of using imagined black-on-white rape to justify real white-on-black killing. It says a lot more about the race and gender politics of the killer than of the victim. 

What Paula Deen Could Teach John Roberts
One week, two visions of Southern progress
July 01, 2013

The Supreme Court says the South is different now. Paula Deen's meltdown tells a different story.

Welcome to South Carolina, John Roberts
June 25, 2013

Two days before Christmas in 2011, Dr. Brenda Williams, who together with her husband runs a small family-physician practice in Sumter, S.C., was on the road with him and their daughter when they got word that the U.S.

Is Racism Worse in the South?
John Roberts's question frames the Voting Rights Act case. Too bad there's no answer.
March 05, 2013

At last week's Supreme Court argument over the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the government thinks the South is more racist than the North. The question frames the debate. Too bad there's no answer.

Ashley Judd's Arsenal
She's a Hollywood feminist, but also a Southern sweetheart. Mock her at your own risk, Mitch.
February 15, 2013

She's a Hollywood feminist, but also a Southern sweetheart. That could be a lethal combination on the campaign trail.

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