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ACAB: The Antebellum Years

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On October 17, 2020
The police have basically always existed as a racist institution. And here’s an example of this from mid-19th century New York City. No one individual embodied the brawling roughness of New York policing like Captain Isiah Rynders of the U.S. Marshals. Born in 1804 in the Hudson River town of Waterford, New York, Rynders was […]
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The Texas Rangers

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On August 15, 2020
The Texas Rangers have a history as racist as any organization in the country. That a baseball team is named after them and that they are still around today is a problem that very much needs to be solved. Growing up in Monahans in the 1960s, Arlinda Valencia said she was used to hearing about […]
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The Mellon Legacy

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On July 13, 2020
This morning, I put up my long-awaited grave post on Andrew Mellon. In comments, people mentioned his loathsome descendant Richard Mellon Scaife. Good point. There’s a grave that needs visiting. Now let’s check in to see what another descendant, Timothy Mellon, is up to these days. Timothy Mellon, the 77-year-old founder of a rail and […]
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The Racism Never Stopped

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On July 5, 2020
We Americans love to tell ourselves a story about how Black people were oppressed and then the Civil Rights Movement happened and Rosa Parks refused to move and Martin Luther King gave a speech and then racism was, if not ended, abated. But not only is that a narrative much more about ameliorating white fragility […]
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