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The cover of the forthcoming issue of The New Yorker is pretty great, although it would’ve been nice for artist Mark Ulriksen to include black women like the Kennesaw State cheerleaders whose kneeling ultimately led to the resignation of that university’s wholly unqualified president. Nevertheless, imagery like this is important. This April 4 will mark the 50th […]

Homeless in America

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On December 28, 2017

While I hope that everyone is having a reasonably pleasant holiday season, it’s worth remembering that this is an awful time of the year for the (at least) hundreds of thousands of people who li

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Let’s Put Up New Monuments

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On December 21, 2017
Last night, as monuments to the racial terrorists and national treasonists Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest came down in Memphis, my friend Brian Hamilton, managing editor of the excellent digital magazine Edge Effects, tweeted a link to a piece he published there in the wake of Charlottesville. (A brief aside: I highly recommend checking out Edge […]

#TakeEmDown901

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On December 20, 2017

Today was obviously a day filled with bad news. But here’s something good: The Memphis City Council unanimously voted today to approve an ordinance for the immediate removal of both Nathan Bedfo

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Favorite Records of 2017

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On December 19, 2017
Every year, I compile a totally unsolicited list of my favorite albums of the year. I figured some folks here may be interested, and could also chime in with what they loved this year. Links to favorite tracks also provided in case people want to sample the goods. Hiss Golden Messenger — Hallelujah Anyhow. Hiss Golden […]

On West on Coates

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On December 17, 2017

Leftist criticisms of Ta-Nehisi Coates have become their own weird cottage industry in the last year or so. Cornel West has been part of the genre, and today published a blistering attack on Coates i

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