Author: Erik Loomis

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Slavery and the White House

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On February 19, 2018
It’s President’s Day, but rather than focus on the presidents themselves this year, how about we think about all the people who have made the presidency work over the years? And by this, I mean the actual workers, many of whom were not free in the early years. Tom Philpott: When you look at the […]
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James Bennet sure has done wonders at the Times. pic.twitter.com/FBop4BZ9P8 — Abolish ICE. Abolish CBP. Abolish the GOP. (@SeanMcElwee) February 18, 2018 What does pioneering racist troll Charles Murray have to say? I'd go further. The NYT op ed page isn't just improved. It has become a model, the best page anywhere for diverse topics […]
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Music Notes

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On February 17, 2018
The main musical story in my life in the last couple of weeks is the discovery of Cocaine and Rhinestones, a podcast on the history of country music by the son of David Allan Coe. It’s pretty great. I’ve listened to about half the episodes so far. There’s a great one on Loretta Lynn’s song […]
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This is the grave of Lucy Parsons. Despite her gravestone claiming she was born in 1859, Lucy Gonzalez was probably born around 1853, probably in Texas. She was born a slave. Parsons later claimed to be entirely Mexican and Native American heritage and not African-American. This is almost certainly not true and was likely created […]

Genízaros

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On February 16, 2018

One of my hobbyhorses is how frustrating it is that our public discussion of race in this country exists primarily on a black-white binary. At least at one university I know very, very well, diversity

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