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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 means African-Americans, as has been very clear to me in the very different ways that the school’s officers and administrators […]

Summer States

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On July 4, 2017

Mostly I can’t disagree with this ranking of which states are the worst to spend summer. Washington is named the best state and while it might be a touch chilly at times, sure. Then it’s M

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This is the grave of Lucien Maxwell. Maxwell was born in 1818 in Kaskaskia, Illinois to a fur trading family on what was then the far frontier of white American settlement. In 1834, he went into the family business, traveling west and became friends with Kit Carson and John C. Fremont. Under Fremont’s 1841 western […]
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Music Notes

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On March 11, 2017
On a recent trip to New Mexico, I saw a band called Lone Piñon play at the Historic San Ysidro Church in Corrales. This is a very interesting musical project. As you may know, over the past 20 years or so, there have been several projects that revive old, often nearly lost music. The Freighthoppers, […]
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New Mexico’s Poverty

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On April 5, 2016
New Mexico has a new tourism campaign that is, um, somewhat more successful than the laughable tourism campaign disaster of my state of Rhode Island. But of course New Mexico has become a playground for wealthy white people that travel there in the midst of (and sometimes because of) endemic poverty among the Native American […]
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