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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 artwork that could be put on public display in the city. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s bid for the sculpture comes after […]

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 o

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For seemingly forever, the end of Reconstruction has been taught as the “Compromise of 1877, where Democrats agreed to give the presidency to Rutherford Hayes in return for the end of Reconstruction.” Now this is interesting. It turns out that the whole thing was invented by C. Vann Woodward in 1951 and simply become received […]
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The Royal Road is a 2015 film essay from the queer filmmaker Jenni Olson. This is a fascinating mediation on both queerness and memory in California, a place where people reinvent themselves in part because of the erasure of history. With discussions of everything from Junipero Serra to Vertigo to Olson’s chase of women, it […]

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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Comrade Hawley is truly uniting the left and right again: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) — perhaps best known as the U.S. senator who raised his fist in solidarity before a mob of white supremacists and Donald Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to try to stop Joe Biden from being certified as […]

Down Goes Lee!

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On July 10, 2021

Good! Four years after a woman was killed and dozens were injured when white nationalists protested the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., workers removed the statue

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