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Racism and the Filibuster

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On March 23, 2021
Moscow Mitch can try to claim that the filibuster has no connection to racism but any historian knows that’s a complete lie, even more bald-faced than your usual Mitch lie: The most famous such use of the filibuster was against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Opponents of the Act filibustered for a record-breaking 60 […]
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The Congressional Lynching Caucus

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On February 26, 2020
Today, the House passed the Emmitt Till Federal Anti-Lynching Act, by a 410-4 vote. Wait, what? Four people against a federal anti-lynching law? Who is this part of the Congressional Lynching Caucus? 4 House members voting No on Emmett Till Antilynching Act: Amash (I-MI)Gohmert (R-TX)Massie (R-KY)Yoho (R-FL) — Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 26, 2020 True […]
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Given that the government is reopening the investigation into Emmett Till’s lynching, it’s worth thinking about lynching a little bit. Mostly, when we think about lynching, we think about black people getting lynched in the South. There’s a very good reason for this and we should. Of course, plenty of African-Americans were lynched in the […]

Veterans Day

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On November 11, 2017

Veterans Day: A perfect time to remember one of our national legacies, white people lynching black soldiers and recently returned veterans. Returning African American veterans were met with a familiar

Lynching?

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On June 4, 2016

An appropriate post demonstrating that Ali’s fight against racial injustice remains far from over. Jasmine Richards, an organizer with Black Lives Matter, was found guilty Wednesday by a Pasaden

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An Unfortunate Mural

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On May 24, 2016
Oh dear: The artist behind the Elgin mural that depicts a portion of a famous photo of a 1930 lynching of two black men in Indiana said the piece was intended to get people to ask questions, think about issues and consider their own place in history. “The idea here was talking about lynching, asking […]

Lynching Mexicans

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On February 20, 2015

When that great study detailing the numbers of African-Americans lynched in the South came out last week, I noted that its weaknesses included that lynching was not confined to the South and that lots

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

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