Stop Asking About Race in Census

In a recent column [~1997], George Will of the Washington Post, makes a thoughtful contribution to the national dialogue on race.

In that column, Mr. Will calls for the elimination of race classifications in the government census. Regular readers know that is a position I have long advocated. I welcome Mr. Will to my . . . → Read More: Stop Asking About Race in Census

Interracial Marriage

Alabama is the last state to have a constitutional ban of interracial marriage. While no longer enforceable due to its conflict with US Law, many Alabamians want the archaic language removed from the state’s constitution. Major Cox has written on this and related topics on numerous occasions. He and Margaret, his wife, have appeared on television . . . → Read More: Interracial Marriage

‘One-Drop Rule’ Still Haunts Us

U.S. District Judge Harold Albriton’s decision in Bethany Godby vs. Montgomery County Board of Education strikes another blow against government’s use of race categories. This case began in 1996, when Bethany Godby, a 13-year old Cloverdale Junior High School student, claimed her school racially discriminated against her and violated other of her Federal rights . . . → Read More: ‘One-Drop Rule’ Still Haunts Us

Jordan Learned Early to Appreciate Wealth

Vernon Evlion Jordan Jr. is his name. He is one of the most powerful men in the country. At age 62, Jordan sits on the board of 11 major corporations. He spends his leisure time with his buddy, the President of the most powerful nation in the world. Vernon Jordan has never held public . . . → Read More: Jordan Learned Early to Appreciate Wealth

Path of Racial Discrimination Ends With Criminal Statutes

There are no other options. The only way to end race-based discrimination it to criminalize the behavior. Since its founding, America has moved along a tortured racial path. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence acknowledged a list of self-evident truths. Then, for four score and seven years, we proceeded to live a lie about . . . → Read More: Path of Racial Discrimination Ends With Criminal Statutes

Political Isolation Stills Black Voices

For years, political scientists have anticipated a realignment of America’s political party system. Clearly the alignment formed in the 1930s, that made Democrats the majority party, no longer exists. However, prior to this recent election most experts were saying that a realignment of America’s two dominant political parties had not occurred.

Scholars and political . . . → Read More: Political Isolation Stills Black Voices

Alabama Quietly Ends Race Certification Policy

Abolitionist Wendell Phillips, more than a hundred years ago, described his generation as “chained” to the duty of eliminating race from American politics. Five generations later, we sometimes appear chained to that same intractable task. Yet, if one looks beyond today’s political rhetoric, that colors and confuses most issues with race, there is a . . . → Read More: Alabama Quietly Ends Race Certification Policy