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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Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 9:30am
Why North Carolina Is the Biggest Battleground of 2016
The volatile 2016 presidential race has shaken up the national political map in many ways, putting new states in play and causing Democrats and Republicans alike to scramble to adjust for Donald Trump's potential impact on hundreds of down-ticket races. In the wake of this year's electoral chaos,...
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Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Big Money vs. Black Lives: Movement Connects Money in Politics to Racial Justice
This week, a coalition of more than 50 organizations connected to the Black Lives Matter movement released a highly-anticipated policy agenda document, " A Vision for Black Lives ." Rooted in the cause launched in 2013 to protest the killings of African Americans by police, the document began to...
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Friday, June 17, 2016 - 4:30pm
From Charleston to Orlando, Sanctuary and Struggle in the South
A historic church in Charleston, a vibrant nightclub in Orlando. On the surface, the two places may seem entirely different. But for the faithful who have come to "Mother Emanuel" A.M.E. , one of the largest and oldest black congregations in the South, and Pulse, an LGBT bar founded in 2004 to...
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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:45am
Why the HB2 Boycott of North Carolina Is Working
It's been over a month since North Carolina lawmakers rushed to pass House Bill 2 , sweeping legislation that, while targeting a Charlotte city ordinance for gender-neutral public bathrooms, also nullified local anti-discrimination and wage laws. Since HB2 passed, headlines have been filled with...
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Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:30pm
Trade Deals Have Hit North Carolina Harder Than Michigan
This week, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a surprise victory in Michigan over Hillary Clinton, the party front-runner who before the state's primary was favored in polls by 25 points. Key to Sanders' victory was the Vermont senator's criticism of Clinton's support for "...
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Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Fables of the Reconstruction: Why Clinton's Comments About Southern History Matter
At a CNN town hall for the Democratic presidential hopefuls this week, Hillary Clinton was asked a seemingly softball question: Who is your favorite president of all time? Clinton's answer: Abraham Lincoln, a safe bet given Lincoln's consistent ranking among scholars as the country's best leader...
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Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 2:00pm
After Rosa Sat: The Genius and Success of the 13-month Montgomery Bus Boycott
This week the nation remembered the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' momentous decision to refuse to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, a moment that propelled the growing Southern civil rights movement — and then-unknown 26-year-old minister Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — into the...
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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 10:00am
Charleston Massacre Draws Attention to White Supremacist Backing of Politicians
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings had donated tens of thousands of dollars to leading Republicans. Earl Holt, president of the Council of Conservative...
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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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