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Racist Historical Markers

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On November 9, 2021
Historical markers not only vary by state but by region. In New England, they basically don’t exist. We don’t have to bother with such things, we are history (eyeroll, but that’s the attitude). In the South, they tend to be everywhere, but in tiny print and often on trivial things (east of Georgetown, Texas there’s […]

Melt It Down!

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On October 24, 2021

Interesting idea: An African-American museum has proposed melting down a statue of Robert E. Lee that was recently taken down in Charlottesville, and then using the bronze material to create new artwo

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Documenting Selma

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On October 13, 2021
This is a great project and I want to highlight it: The world knows the names of John Lewis and a few more of the voting rights demonstrators who walked across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 only to be attacked by Alabama state troopers on a day that came to be called “Bloody Sunday.” […]
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Truth of the matter is that even for those who do understand that racism is a real problem and has been forever, we really underestimate the ubiquity and daily banality of that racism. It’s literally everywhere and at nearly all times. This story on San Jose apologizing for its history of anti-Chinese violence is just […]

Mississippi Goddamn

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On September 6, 2021

Mississippi continues to impress its inability to even decently deal with its past. When it was notified this week that another sign commemorating Emmett Till had disappeared, the Emmett Till Interpre

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