It occurred to me yesterday that so many persons who are white like me are hostile to any remembrance of Juneteenth because it emphasizes what precisely was the cause that was lost in what has mythologized as the Lost Cause.
To put it another way, celebrating, or even recognizing, Juneteenth calls out the lie that the Civil War was about anything other than chattel slavery.
Trevor Donovan, in the voice of Thomas Buckner:
Sam and his guest* find American media’s coverage of the January 6 hearings to be somewhat problematic, especially when compared to that of the European press. They wonder whether this news of what was nothing less than an attempted coup d’etat is getting lost in a “daily doom and gloom scroll.”
*I think it’s Heather Parton, but she’s not specifically identified in the clip.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Scott Bonn takes issue with the notion mass shooters are “mentally unhinged individuals who simply ‘snap,'” pointing out that “the majority of mass public shooters are individuals who would not be classified as either clinically or legally insane . . . .” He thinks the problem is much larger, embedded in our very culture and mythos. An excerpt:
Other developed countries that we consider to be our peers simply do not have the problem with mass shooting incidents that we do. It is my contention that the very roots of our mass shooting epidemic may be found in our core cultural value of fierce individualism, a belief in vengeance, and the ethic that might makes right.
Methinks he may be onto something. Follow the link for his arguments.
Yes, indeedy-do, one of those responsible gun owners shot himself in the foot.
We are a society of stupid.
The writer of a letter to the editor of the Kansas City Star talks cents.
(Broken link fixed.)
Driftglass marvels at how, ever since Watergate, Republicans keep getting away with it. He thinks he has divined their strategy.