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Remembering Our Sites of Genocide

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On September 19, 2018
Our history is all around us and yet most of us don’t know it because there is no way to know it. Especially for much of our problematic history, there aren’t sites of memorialization or recognition. The U.S. actually does a better job of this than most countries, even if much of it is dominated […]
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White Supremacist Statues

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On August 22, 2017
During Trump’s grotesque response to Charlottesville, he noted that if we take down statues of our heroes Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, where does it stop? Do we take down the Washington and Jefferson statues too? The overwhelming response to him and this line of argument is that the Washington and Jefferson statues don’t […]

Remembering Lynching

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On February 10, 2015

The Equal Justice Initiative has researched a new history of lynching, documenting nearly 4000 lynchings in the South, including attempts to find the precise locations where they took place. The hope

On Racist Monuments

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On February 6, 2015

The question with what to do with racist monuments is a difficult one. I can certainly understand the desire to change or erase them. If I am a member of a traditionally oppressed group and I saw word

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The Happiest Place on Earth

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On November 8, 2014
They say that Orange County is home to the Happiest Place on Earth. For most people, that’s Disneyland. For a cynical left-wing historian, it is the Nixon Library. When I visited Orange County last month, it was my top priority to visit, way more than the beach (which was nice too). I was not disappointed. […]
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