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Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride symbol, not racist

Washington (CNN) — American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains about where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride more than one of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And questions about how far to go to remove references to the Confederacy …

Civil War

To Ben or not to Ben: Affleck says Batman is the American Hamlet

Ben Affleck has spoken about his upcoming role as Batman and compared the character to Hamlet.

The actor, who will star in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, revealed that he wasn’t nervous about following in Christian Bale’s footsteps in a new interview with Entertainment …

Ben Affleck

The Double Standard In Race Based Violence

It may appear that America's very painful journey in dealing with race relations has taken yet another difficult detour. Over the last 22 days, words and phrases characterizing Black and White youth and their behaviors have flooded social media and online news agencies. The very definition of these …

Ethnic Violence

Sandra Bullock: It’s ‘Open Hunting Season’ on Women in Media

"It’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age”

While there’s been a noticeable trend of female celebrities speaking out against their treatment in Hollywood, Sandra Bullock is addressing the issues closer to home: how the media sees women in general, particularly …

Women's News

11 Things You Didn't Know About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway took his life on this day, July 2, back in 1961.

Below are obscure facts about the novelist's life, pulled from old interviews and personal accounts by the writer.

1. Hemingway apparently once lived, got drunk and slept with a bear.

Former New Yorker staff writer Lillian Ross had a …

Ernest Hemingway

The Dominican Republic, Haitians and the Global War on Blackness

My grandmother was born Black and poor in Trujillo's Dominican Republic. She was only five years old when the state-sanctioned killings of thousands …

Dominican Republic

“The Third Man”: Why this masterful 1949 Euro-noir about the age of American arrogance and power is more relevant than ever

Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten play Cheney and Bush (almost) in Graham Greene and Carol Reed's restored thriller

British director Carol Reed’s 1949 Euro-noir “The Third Man” is justly famous among movie buffs and film scholars for its black-and-white cinematography, its memorable zingers, its …


The Confederate flag’s big lie: How racists and segregationists made it their own

Once and for all: Anyone who talks about the flag as a symbol of heritage is flat-out wrong

I am a Southerner by both birth and heritage. I come from a long line of poor white cotton farmers on both sides of my family. Three of my four great-grandfathers fought in the Confederate Army. The fourth …

Confederate Flag

5 Ways I’m Happy With My Supposedly “Old” Age

I turn 30 in a couple of months. And I lead a very different lifestyle from where I am.Most friends my age are employed, working hard at their jobs …


Why Do So Many People Pretend to Be Native American?

Russell Cobb | This Land Press | August 2014 | 16 minutes (3,976 words)This Land PressFor this week’s Longreads Member Pick, we are thrilled to share …

The 10 Movies You Need to Watch on Netflix This July

Ten great movies you can stream on Netflix this month.

Poised in front of the TV without anything to watch? We've all been there. Fortunately, Netflix is always expanding its library, and we've sifted through the additions to find the 10 best movies you can stream starting tomorrow.

Grandma's Boy


5 Points On The Fires At Southern Black Churches

A rash of church fires in the South, most of them at black churches, has religious leaders and civil rights activists concerned, particularly on the …

Liberal News

Terminator Genisys isn't good, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is great in it

That big scene at the start of Terminator Genisys, when Old Arnold Schwarzenegger fights Young Arnold Schwarzenegger? Not as cool as you might think. Some filmmaker somewhere could’ve teased out the resonance of a moment like that: A battle across time, the young man at his absolute apex of …

Arnold Schwarzenegger

It's Like It Never Happened: A 'Terminator' Dossier

In 1984, a $6.4 million sci-fi chase flick by a skinny 29-year-old whose prior feature directing credit was a T&A horror flick called Piranha II: The Spawning became a surprise hit, launching the career of future King of the World and depths-plumbing oceanographer James Cameron. He'd sold his …


'Hannibal': TV's Happiest Meal

Equal parts lifestyle porn and horror movie, NBC's cult hit has quite a bite

Hannibal often gets praised as the best serial-killer drama on TV — but that's kinda like praising Treetop Cat Rescue as the finest show about getting kittens out of trees. As a subject for thrillers exploring the dark side …


Exclusive First Look At Nicholas Hoult In Kill Your Friends

How to get ahead in the record industryOne of our fastest rising young actors, Nicholas Hoult mainlined Mad Max: Fury Road with crazed energy as the …

Nicholas Hoult

Exclusive First Trailer For Spanish Thriller Marshland

The acclaimed serial killer mystery gets a poster tooPromising to do for Andalusia what Blue Ruin, Cold In July and the first season of True Detective …


Why I Am Glad I Am Leaving America

America's racial frictions seem certain to spark another summer of conflict.For the past couple of years the summers, like hurricanes, have had …

Social media explore two sides of white privilege with #TakeUsDown

(CNN) -- Is it satire, or is it hate?

That seems to be the question behind the social media hashtag #TakeUsDown, which is being used (maybe) …

Social Media

Confronting White Privilege

Race and Beyond: Confronting White Privilege

SOURCE: AP/Ron Harris

People listen to speakers on the steps of the Alabama state capitol building in …

White Privilege

DOJ Report: Police in Ferguson Antagonized Demonstrators and Violated Their Free-Speech Rights

A police officer points a shotgun at protesters during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 24, 2014.

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A U.S. Department …


Poll: Most Americans Think The Confederate Flag Is A Symbol Of Pride, Not Racism

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Also: Episcopal church approves gay marriage, robot kills Volkswagen worker.

Wait, What?
According to a new public opinion poll, 57% of …

Confederate Flag

This Just In: America Still Racist

When I listen to the rhetoric of the American left, I wonder whether their counterparts in other countries are as adamant about blaming citizens for …

Conservative News

Anti-racist Tim Wise: Modern American conservatism is racist to the core

Sometimes racism isn’t about vicious bigotry and hatred towards those with different skin color than your own, let alone a willingness to walk into a …


Black and Blue - Ferguson Police Report







Pride in Confederate Treason: America Goes Stupid by the Numbers

In which a majority of Americans think the Confederate flag symbolizes Southern pride, not racism.

Well, that certainly was a short-lived sea change. American Exceptionalism is a terrific growth medium for stupid.

The poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride …


13 Ways Artists Around The World Have Interpreted The American Flag

Happy (almost) birthday, America! We hope you're celebrating this festive occasion with no shortage of beverages, fireworks, BBQ and outdoor activities. But if you are in need of a brief party reprieve -- of the artistic variety -- we've got you covered.

In honor of Independence Day, we at HuffPost …


What Else You Should Know About Baltimore

In the first half of the nineteenth century it was known as the slave traders’ capital city

This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was originally published at HNN.

Recent Baltimore protests over the …

NYU confronts stereotypes with exhibition of racially charged art

When the late British writer, art connoisseur and friend of the Queen, Sir Harold Acton, bequeathed his family’s Italian villa to New York University in 1994, the gift included a vast trove of art valued at hundreds of millions of pounds. But among the 6,000-piece collection were 35 works that left …


The Missing Statistics of Criminal Justice

An abundance of data has fueled the reform movement, but from prisons to prosecutors, crucial questions remain unquantified.

After Ferguson, a noticeable gap in criminal-justice statistics emerged: the use of lethal force by the police. The federal government compiles a wealth of data on homicides, …