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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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The Mt. Rushmore Problem

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On July 10, 2021
There’s no way around it–Mt. Rushmore is a centerpiece of the culture wars. This place means so many different things to so many different people. When the monstrosity was created, it was part of an era where for whites at least, there was a shared vision of America. Liberals and conservatives could more or less […]

Slave Graves

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On July 8, 2021

I’ve been trying to write and overall busy with other things, so I haven’t had time for a grave post in the last couple of days. For those of you though who look to this site for all thing

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TR Statues

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On June 29, 2021
In our historical memory debates, I am constantly amazed that people will apologize for Theodore Roosevelt because they like his personality. He was a stone cold racist, someone who did as much damage to the nation’s race relations as Woodrow Wilson, someone as great a hypocrite as Thomas Jefferson, someone who held the racist values […]
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