How do you beat plantation power?

How do you beat plantation power?

The Black residents of Lowndes County—over 70% of the population—are (still) beholden to the priorities and interests of White landowners, who now control their futures from faraway cities, rather than from plantation estates next door.

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Growing up queer in Appalachia

Growing up queer in Appalachia

We were strange children. We were obsessed with androgyny, or unable to imagine ourselves growing up. Sometimes we were just acutely alienated, for seemingly no reason. We were vulnerable, and that made us angry. This, at least, hasn’t changed. What has changed is the culture of homophobia and advocacy in North Carolina public schools, and the political situation that surrounds it.

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Who gets to legislate heritage in Virginia?

Who gets to legislate heritage in Virginia?

Mentioning Pocahontas and the civil rights movement in the same breath, a recent Republican-sponsored resolution in the Virginia Assembly was dedicated to “Recognizing the Influence of Christian Heritage” there. But its telling of Virginia history is spotty at best, and it invites the question: Who gets to decide what counts as heritage?

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The fishkill on Georgia's Ogeechee River

The fishkill on Georgia's Ogeechee River

When thousands of fish went belly-up on the Ogeechee River, investigations suggested that a riverside industrial plant was to blame. But the local outrage had less to do with the proximate cause and more to do with something bigger: a loss of innocence, and a loss of a sense of home.

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Meet Alabama's new U.S. Senator, Luther Strange

Meet Alabama's new U.S. Senator, Luther Strange

The first thing to know about “Big” Luther Strange is that no one actually calls him “Big” Luther Strange. That’s a catchy Southern nickname that a marketing guy came up with several years ago for a commercial, which featured Luther Strange driving an old Ford pickup on his way to “clean up Montgomery.” The other thing you should probably know about Strange is that he did not clean up Montgomery.

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