Chris Kromm

Chris Kromm is Executive Director of Facing South and Publisher of Southern Exposure at the Institute for Southern Studies.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 9:30am
Dixie Justice: The Roots and Legacy of the South's Incarceration Boom
It's not news that the United States is the incarceration capital of the world: The 2.4 million people behind bars in the U.S. today is, as Matt Ford at The Atlantic noted, "more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces." As Adam Gropnik wrote...
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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:15am
Selma and Voting Rights: Commemoration or Legislation?
SELMA, Ala. — This weekend, tens of thousands of people—including nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and President Obama —are descending on Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous Selma to Montgomery march. The irony is rich: The 1965 Selma march—and the violent "Bloody Sunday...
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 10:00am
From Selma to Citizens United: The Contested Struggle for One Person, One Vote
On Jan. 19, our country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., half a century after his work -- chronicled in the recent Oscar-nominated movie "Selma" -- helped inspire passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Next week will also be the five-year anniversary of another momentous event...
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Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 9:54am
Did Big Money Really Lose This Election? Hardly.
After the most money-drenched elections in history -- with close to $6 billion spent on the 2012 presidential and Congressional races alone, by one estimate -- big donors and the media alike are now asking: Was it worth it?
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 10:44am
Immigration: Rhetoric vs. Reality
Just as immigration is growing as a hot political topic in the South and country, the number of immigrants is in steep decline.
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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 1:55pm
Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?
Last week, right-wing pundit Matthew Vadum created a stir when he argued that -- as his piece at American Thinker is titled -- " Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American ." Here's how the piece starts:
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Friday, July 1, 2011 - 11:15am
Are Teachers and Police Officers Imaginary People?
Growing up, some children have imaginary friends. Today, many politicians seem to live in a world of imaginary workers.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 9:27am
One Year after Citizens United
A year ago this week, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision about the role of money in elections -- a ruling so momentous that many are still grappling to take stock of its impact on our political system. The case: Citizens United . The decision: In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to limit in any way the amount of money corporations can spend on attack ads or other "electioneering communications" to sway a political race.
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