• Charleston Apologizes for City’s Role in Slave Trade

    Charleston, the South Carolina port city where about 40 percent of enslaved Africans who were brought to North America landed after being taken from their homelands, has become the latest city to apologize for its role in the slave trade.

  • Charleston Needs That African American Museum. And Now.

    For millions of African-Americans today, the site is “ground zero,” as the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has put it, for “blackness, black culture, the African experience, the African-American experience, slavery — however you want to slice it.”

  • Charleston and the Amok Syndrome

    by Thomas Fleming

    While there is a connection to the so-called Lost Cause on the surface of Dylann Roof’s disturbed mind, it is not an explanation for the tragedy. The reason for the bloodshed is psychiatric, not racial or political.

  • Bring down the Confederate flag, not memory of Civil War fallen

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    In the wake of the Charleston murders, the campaign against the Confederate flag has morphed into attacks on other historical vestiges of the Confederacy itself. And anyone who cares about history should be alarmed by that.

  • Faith in Charleston

    by Steve Estes

    The complex history of religion in Charleston serves as both a cautionary tale and a reason for hope.