jim crow

true crime

These White People Profited Off Their Neighbor's Murder

After setting up a robbery that got a black woman wrongly imprisoned for murder, this duo opened their "Goat Castle" up to tourists in Jim Crow Mississippi.
Seth Ferranti
10.3.17
column

'Black Panther' Could Change the Black Film Narrative

The film that features an almost all-black cast, a black director, and is set in a world that portrays people of color in a superior light is something black people have never seen before.
Noel Ransome
6.13.17
crime

Travel Has Always Been Deadly for People of Color

The United incident was not fatal, but it harkened to a dark American tradition.
Robin Washington
4.13.17
Interview

The ‘Hidden Figures’ of NASA’s Early Years and the Woman Who Told Their Story

Motherboard talks to author Margot Lee Shetterly about the legacy of pioneering black women mathematicians who helped NASA win the Space Race.
Becky Ferreira
1.16.17
Stuff

The Horrifying True Story of the Black Brothers Forced to Become Circus Freaks

In the new book 'Truevine,' journalist Beth Macy details their mother's three-decade quest to get her boys back.
Seth Ferranti
10.22.16
Stuff

This Bridge in Mississippi Has Hosted Decades of Racial Violence

A new history of brutal lynchings at the same spot in 1918 and 1942 offers insight into the terror of white supremacy.
Seth Ferranti
4.27.16
News

The Luxury Brooklyn Apartment Complex at the Site of a Former Prison

A small group of Crown Heights community members are trying to halt a new construction project, arguing that it sits on hallowed grounds that reflect the neighborhood's history of racism.
Hannah K. Gold
8.20.15
News

Why Do Black Churches Keep Burning?

A series of fires at predominantly black churches since the horrific shooting in Charleston, South Carolina—including two blazes in the same state—have raised the specter of copycat racial violence.
Allie Conti
7.1.15
RACISM

The Age-Old Question of Whether Jimmies Are Racist

There is dissent as to whether the term strictly applies to chocolate sprinkles, but far more importantly, there is disagreement over whether the term is racist. Some of those who grew up with the word now refuse to use it.
Alex Swerdloff
6.22.15
News

Fifty Years After Selma, Civil Rights in Alabama Are Still in Rough Shape

You'd think that by now Alabama would be tired of being the state where marginalized Americans have to demand their dignity the loudest.
Mike Pearl
3.9.15
Film

Racists Are Pissed Off About the Trailer for the New Will Smith Movie

The movie's "race mixing" has provoked some of the most vile, old-fashioned racism you'll encounter this week.
Mike Pearl
2.24.15
Photo

The Plantation Is Still Here: An Interview with Artist M. Lamar

We talked about sexuality, racism, history, the policing of black men's bodies.
Emily Colucci
10.3.14
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