'Mockingbird' sequel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Jul 11, 2015

'Mockingbird' sequel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Harper Lee’s new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch. “Go Set a Watchman” is set in the 1950s, 20 years after Lee’s celebrated “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and finds Atticus hostile to the growing civil rights ...

S. African model revels in her albinism

Jun 28, 2015

S. African model revels in her albinism

Thando Hopa grew up in the shade, her porcelain skin protected by long sleeves and sunscreen until the day the South African decided to fight prejudice against albinos by becoming a model. Petite and born with an inherited depigmentation of her skin from head ...

Jun 26, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing law allows people ...

Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Jun 24, 2015

Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Around the world, countries have long struggled with questions about flags similar to those faced by South Carolina, which is under pressure to remove a Confederate flag from its statehouse in the wake of the shootings that killed nine people at a black church. ...