Opinion

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Civil rights 2013: a cautionary tale from Alabama

In July of 1963, I was preparing for my senior year at Nashville's Pearl High School. For me, news about the civil rights movement became an unsettling blend of darkest tragedies and heady victories.

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Three generations march on Washington

I'm very proud that my father and uncle, Joe and Dennis Mora, were both at the 1963 March on Washington, one of many demonstrations and activities they participated in during the civil rights heyday.

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March on Washington - right place to be in 1963 and 2013

It's 50 years later but we still have to march. We're marching for Trayvon. We're marching for voting rights - still!

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Justice for Trayvon Martin

After the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's admitted killer George Zimmerman, America found itself confronting the long-standing flaw in the democratic promise of "justice for all": race and racism.

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Supreme racism tramples democracy in voting rights

The 30-year project of the Republicans and ultra-conservatives to crush civil rights took a qualitative leap forward when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a 5-4 decision announced on June 25.

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Paula Deen shows racism has not gone away

Over the past few weeks Paula Deen has gone from so-called celebrity chef to national pariah - and rightfully so.

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Austerity-to-prosperity lie based on "bogus math"

Republicans are committed to the belief that the only way out of the economic crisis is through austerity for the people. Clearly many Democrats as well buy into this profits-before-people policy.

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The Second Amendment and racism

The Second Amendment continues to provide cover for racism just as its original intent was to protect slavery.

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Long Distance Revolutionary: A journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu Jamal is the subject of a new and informative documentary that focuses on his life and beliefs rather than his world famous case.

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The reverse discrimination farce

History repeats itself: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. So it goes for the Supreme Court case on affirmative action and campus diversity, Fisher v. University of Texas.

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