• Emmett Till Family Responds to Death of Carolyn Bryant Donham

    The Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., a cousin of the slain youth, expressed regret that no one would be held accountable for the killing, but reminded that there remains a collective accountability for overcoming racial injustice. 

  • DeSantis's War on "Woke" Evokes Darkest Parts of Florida's History

    by Carol Anderson

    Calling DeSantis's agenda a "culture war" obscures the fact that is in fact a war against the marginalized, an effort to narrow the definition of who counts as a Floridian and whom the state will serve and protect, with the right to vote at the center. 

  • The Jim Crow Reign of Terror

    by Eric Foner

    While the scope and horror of lynching has recently become acknowleged and memorialized, there is a parallel and more pervasive history, which Margaret Burhnam investigates, of racist terror carried out under color of law. 

  • A Win in the Battle to Commemorate a Notorious Waco, TX Lynching

    For decades, activists fought for public acknowledgment of the lynching of teenaged Jesse Washington in 1916. Against the current of efforts to suppress the history of racist violence, a marker was unveiled this week. Historians Patricia Bernstein, William Carrigan and James SoRelle were involved in the effort. 

  • Monuments to the Unthinkable

    by Clint Smith

    German and European memorials to the Holocaust contrast starkly with an American memorial culture where the Confederate dead are revered, former slave plantations are tourist attractions, and state legislatures are seeking to ban the teaching of the nation's history in full. 

  • A Lesson in Humility and Justice

    by Imani Pery

    Margaret Burnham's study of lynching and of the legal sanction given to racist violence stands in a long tradition of African American intellectuals who have recognized the need to study society in order to change it. 

  • New Documentary Highlights Unsolved Civil Rights-Era Murder

    Black citizens in Natchez, Mississippi secretly organized for community self-defense in 1965, risking certain reprisals from local whites. Wharlest Jackson was killed by a car bomb in an act of intimidation that was never solved. 

  • Justice Department Closes Emmett Till Investigation Without Charges

    Historian Timothy Tyson wrote in a 2017 book that witness Carolyn Bryant Donham disavowed her testimony that Till had grabbed her and made suggestive remarks before he was lynched. The DOJ has said that materials given them by Tyson did not corroborate the claim of a recantation.