The Secesh category archive
The SPLC has the emails demonstrating Stephen Miller’s bigotry.
Just read ’em.
The Charlotte Observer reports on racists who mail it in.
Be sure to watch the video, even if you don’t read the whole article.
At The American Scholar, Elizabeth D. Samet takes a deep look at the history and meaning of the South’s Confederate monuments and the recent raising of a monument to Ulysses S. Grant at West Point. An excerpt:
The late-19th-century national reconciliation movement—of which Grant’s own coffin, accompanied by two federal and two Confederate pallbearers, proved a potent symbol—continues to shape the way many Americans understand the Civil War today. Grant did not share this understanding. Declaring in his Personal Memoirs that slavery was the cause of the war, he also judged that cause “one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.”
Facing South takes a deep dive into North Carolina’s gerrymandering and, in particular, how it has affected judicial elections. It seems that North Carolina Republicans have decided that, if you can’t win ’em, gerrymander ’em.
North Carolina legislators’ desire to change the courts and judicial elections coincided with their repeated losses in voting rights cases, including lawsuits over gerrymandering at all levels of government. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld rulings that North Carolina’s election districts for both Congress and the state legislature were racially gerrymandered.
The effort to redraw judicial election districts began in the spring of 2017, when (Former state Rep. Justin–ed.) Burr introduced a plan to quickly redraw districts for judges and prosecutors around the state. An early map would have placed more than half of the state’s black district court judges in a district with another incumbent, according to NC Policy Watch.
Thom reflects on the return of overt racism to public discourse and muses as to what extent “social” media has contributed to it.
Florida Republicans float a new strategy for reviving the poll tax.
My local rag has a long article on sharecropping, including first-hand narratives from persons who grew up in sharecropping families.
Forget the Gone with the Wind propaganda.
Follow the link and learn just how gracious Southern living really was.
Last night, I tuned into ESPN to watch the Phillies play the
bad guys of the day New York Mets.
I did not know that Major League Baseball was celebrating “Jackie Robinson Day.”
Every player wore Jackie Robinson’s number, 42 (a number that is otherwise retired from Major League Baseball). In a refreshing change from the normal drivel of the play-by-play and commentary, the telecast included visits to the play booth by Jamie Foxx, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, and Mo Ne Davis, as well as a filmed tribute to her father by Sharon Robinson. In addition, the commentators discussed the contributions of Jackie Robinson to baseball, civil rights, and American society, as well as larger issues regarding the place of African-Americans in baseball and in society.
As I listened to these tributes to one of the bravest men to don a baseball uniform, I could not stem a rising tide of dismay at the overt racism of the current federal administration.
North Carolina allows a failing seg academy to become a charter school.
Tennessean David Cook reacts to the continuing revelations of white politicians who wore blackface and in other ways memorialized the Secesh when they were young. He considers his own experiences as a white guy growing up in the South. Here’s a bit; I commend the article to your attention:
Nor am I surprised by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook photo.
My hunch is that many African-Americans aren’t surprised, either.
Racism isn’t a surprise.
It’s often seen as the norm, the expectation.