Author Theodore Johnson offers a hopeful and patriotic take on combating American racism (video)

BY: - August 12, 2021

In his profound and exhilarating new book, “When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America,” author, scholar, and former U.S. Navy Commander Theodore Johnson persuasively argues that racism is both alive and healthy in our country and a profound – even existential – threat to its democracy. Happily, however, […]


August 5 Crucial Conversation: Theodore Johnson on his new book, “When the Stars Begin to Fall”

BY: - July 23, 2021

Join us Thursday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. for a very special (and virtual) Crucial Conversation: Author, scholar, and former U.S. Navy Commander Theodore Johnson, discusses his new book, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America Click here to register. “Racism is an existential threat to America,” Theodore […]

Report: Black patients get more bed sores and infections than white patients at the same hospital

BY: - July 20, 2021

Black patients are more likely to suffer hospital injuries such as bed sores and post-surgery health problems than are white patients treated at the same hospital. An Urban Institute report released Tuesday on disproportionate rates of injury among Black patients is based on discharge records from hospitals in 26 states including North Carolina. The Urban […]

Nikole Hannah-Jones on the continuing struggle of Black students, faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill

BY: - July 6, 2021

Today Nikole Hannah-Jones made it official: the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist is declining to return to her alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill, to teach. Instead, she’ll create the new Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. At the heart of her decision: the rampant and well documented politicization of the UNC System […]


What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Frederick Douglass

BY: - July 4, 2021

[Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from a speech regarding the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the abolitionist and advocate Frederick Douglass in Rochester, N.Y., July 5, 1852.] … Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, […]

PW Exclusive: Nikole Hannah-Jones will not join UNC-Chapel Hill faculty without tenure

BY: - June 22, 2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones will not join the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill without tenure, according to a letter from her legal team to the university this week. According to the letter, Hannah-Jones will not begin her position as Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism on July 1, as scheduled, and will not take the position without […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history. Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states have already […]


NC writer David Zucchino wins the Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Wilmington’s Lie” — see him describe it here

BY: - June 12, 2021

The 105th class of Pulitzer Prize winners in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music were announced Friday and all caring and thinking North Carolinians will be delighted to know that Triangle-based writer David Zucchino was awarded the Pulitzer in the category of “General Nonfiction” for his book: Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the […]

New report lays out vision for democracy reform in North Carolina

BY: - June 9, 2021

More than 20 experts from leading research and advocacy organizations proposed reform measures for North Carolina in a report titled “Blueprint for a Stronger Democracy” released Tuesday. The report zeroes in on policy discussions around voting, redistricting, campaign finance reforms and judicial accountability. In addition to expertise from national organizations, such as the Brennan Center […]

UNC Hussman faculty denounce continued inaction on tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones

BY: - June 4, 2021

Faculty at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media spoke out in a written statement Friday as the deadline to avoid a federal discrimination lawsuit arrived with no action by school’s board of trustees. “It seems apparent that the UNC Board of Trustees has again failed to review Nikole Hannah-Jones’s dossier for appointment as the Knight […]

UNC mega-donor objected to Hannah-Jones essay on reparations for slavery

BY: - June 3, 2021

In the Policy Watch interview with Walter Hussman Jr. published Thursday, the Arkansas-based media magnate and UNC-Chapel Hill mega-donor details his opposition to the hiring of acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones as the school’s Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism. As Policy Watch has reported extensively, vocal conservative opposition to Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project […]

President Biden proclaims a day of remembrance 100 years after 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

BY: - June 1, 2021

In case you missed it, President Joe Biden on Monday called upon Americans to commemorate the tremendous loss of life and security connected to the terrifying 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre “and commit together to eradicate systemic racism and help to rebuild communities and lives that have been destroyed by it.” The Tulsa proclamation came on […]