“That Conversation about Race” category archive
At AL.com, the adoptive mother of three daughters of Asian descent writes of her (and of their) experience.
I’m not sure that I agree with everything she says, but I do believe her article is worth a read, particularly in the light of the recent increase of incidents of violence and hatred against persons of Asian descent. Here’s a particularly telling bit:
Tony Norman punctures Little Ricky’s bubble of racism.
(Follow the link to understand the title of this post.)
Louisiana Republicans want to ban history in schools, at least, that is, the parts they don’t like.
Thom Hartmann argues Donald Trump and his dupes, symps, and fellow travelers are trying to rewrite the history of the January 6 invasion of the Capitol and points out that whitewashing (I use that term advisedly) is nothing new. Here’s a bit from his article:
Back in the early 1980s, Louise and I moved with our three kids down to Georgia to start a business in suburban Atlanta. The place was growing like a weed and opportunity abounded; we got our little start-up company on the front page of the Wall Street Journal within the second year.
But what I remember most vividly about those years is the answer I got one night at dinner when I asked our kids what they learned in school that day.
“We learned about the War of Northern Aggression,” one said, explaining that the New York bankers were trying to rob people in the South and so the South had to fight back.
This is what happens when history is allowed to be re-written for over a century. And it’s happening again, today.
Follow the link for the evidence.
At the Des Moines Register, Walter Suza takes issue with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.
In a letter to the editor of my local rag, a fourth grader nails it. Here’s a bit:
As a fourth grader, I believe it is fine to rename the places named after Confederates. One reason schools and monuments were named after Confederates was that white people during segregation wanted Black people to feel bad when they passed these places.
Follow the link for the entire letter (it’s the last one on the page).
When I was in the fourth grade, I had neither the understanding nor the writing ability to–oh, never mind.
. . . and, boy! are these twigs bent.
Back when I was a young ‘um going to school during the first years of gradual desegregation in my white high school (one black student the first year, eleven the next year, and so on), we knew better than to do stuff like this in public.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Tony Norman marvels at (yet more) Republicans who believe in a fairy-tale American past.
George Santayana’s famous saying has never seemed more apt: Those who do not remember the past (or, in this case, those who would pretend the past never happened) are condemned to repeat it.
Senator Mazie Hirono talks with Thom. Among the topics is the rise in hate-full acts and crimes against persons of Asian descent.
(Warning: Short commercial at the end.)
Read the news report that David discusses.
E. J. Montini writes of local Arizona officials who called out Arizona Governor Ducey for grandstanding at the southwestern border. A snippet (emphasis added):
Sheriff David Hathaway of Santa Cruz County and Sheriff Chris Nanos of Pima County told the governor thanks, but no thanks.
Hathaway said, “We both responded saying, ‘We don’t have a migrant crisis on the border. We do not need to militarize our counties and have troops come to the border.’”
Follow the link for the rest.
(Missplet wrod fixked.)