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Eric Foner is one of my important voices on The South. My much read, thumbed, high-lighted and tabbed copy of his Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 is the cornerstone reference work for my present novel in progress. Elias Isquith, writing in “The face of racism today is not a slaveowner”: Eric Foner on the past […]
[Update at 0430: Clearly this story has serious legs.] Yesterday, in WALMART SAYS NO TO RACIST BATTLE FLAG… I applauded Walmart’s decision to no longer stock or sell merchandise bearing the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virgina. Demonstrating the power, for good in this case, of the world’s largest retailer, other retailers are […]
I know the sentiment of Jim Chase is just the expressions of one person’s emotions at one moment, but Jesus wept, I really wish I hadn’t read the news this morning. Outside the basketball arena Jim Chase, a marketing executive, said he was pleased with the ruling but added: “I don’t think people in Cleveland […]
[Update on 9 June from The Guardian: “Unlike Ferguson, North Charleston or Baltimore, no one was killed or injured here. This is an affluent, mostly white area without a history of serious racial tension. But the expressions of anger and the demands for change on Monday night in McKinney, Texas, recalled scenes from elsewhere in […]
Hating the sin but loving the sinner still brands you as a hater and increasingly makes you irrelevant in any political discussion in the United States of America. The latest stealth campaign from the religious wrong to banish members of the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning community from political and social commerce is falling flat despite the best efforts […]
I haven’t written about events in Ferguson, Missouri, since the end of 2014, not because I lost interest, but because the story appeared to gain serious legs. I have continued to monitor the story, and the larger consequences of the murder of Michael Brown, and want to offer this update following the release of the […]
Our particular myths—Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Davey Crockett Uncle Remus—have a warm, Disneyesque quality that informed our childhoods, but there are adult myths that we cling to that allow us to not feel guilt for the world we ignore. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in The Case For Reparations: From the White House on down, […]
In cross-reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case For Reparations in the June issue of The Atlantic with the online version, I found this sidebar/precursor dating from 22 January 2012:Crowd-Sourcing American History in which Coates writes, in part: I’ve been thinking about that some in my posts on Ron Paul, Howard Zinn and the issue of compensated […]
When asked to suggest one approach for broadening the conversation on reparations and how individuals might push the conversation, Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed to Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) HR 40. Broach the topic of reparations today and a barrage of questions inevitably follows: Who will be paid? How much will they be paid? Who will pay? […]
250 YEARS OF SLAVERY. 90 YEARS OF JIM CROW.
March 1st, 2015
60 YEARS OF SEPARATE BUT EQUAL.
35 YEARS OF STATE SANCTIONED REDLINING…
As I noted earlier, I come to this story late. I am also finding the brilliant writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates daunting, dense and deceptively easy to read. Any young, or old journalist, might aspire to this level of mastery and be gratified in the attempt. Coates follows the punch line of his stories head—The Case […]
I only learned of Ta-Nehisi Coates August 2014 presentation before the Cleveland City Club last this week when I opened the March issue of The Real Deal Press and read R.T. Andrews’ front-page story Looking back to go forward. Ta-Nehisi has long been one of my favorite writers and I was looking forward to watching […]
Entering the final days of Black History Month we remember the assassination of Malcolm X 50 years ago. I was a clueless and very white 4th grader on 21 February 1965 and while I knew, in a 4th grader sort of way, who Martin Luther King was, I would not learn of Malcolm X for […]
Previously… Turning to Part Two of the interview, King addresses the question of the other M, Malcolm: Playboy: One of the most articulate champions of black Afro-American brotherhood has been Malcolm X, the former Black Muslim leader who recently renounced his racist past and converted to orthodox Mohammedanism. What is your opinion of him and […]
Playboy: As one who grew up in the economically comfortable, socially insulated environment of a middle-income home in Atlanta, can you recall when it was that you yourself first became painfully and personally aware of racial prejudice? King: Very clearly. When I was 14, I had traveled from Atlanta to Dublin, Georgia, with a dear […]
In the 1980’s a high-ranking Marine Corps officer told me of a plan to deploy his Marines across a line (I seem to recall that the line was 65th Street, but I could easily be wrong on that detail) isolating upper Manhattan in case of large-scale civil unrest. New York City Police commissioner Bill Bratton’s […]
I offer the following without further comment: “He’s got a gun,” yelled Michael Foster, a white, 43-year-old man before tackling 62-year-old Clarence Daniels, a Black man shopping for coffee creamer for his wife. While tussling on the ground, Daniels repeatedly yelled, “I have a permit.” That did not stop this want-to-be vigilante from trying to […]
16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]
Mano Singham explores The shifting language of race and ethnicity. I left this comment. The challenge lies in attempting to create a taxonomy where no significant difference exists. The word used in any classification is far less important than the intent of the word in the mind of the user. Richard Pryor could entitle a […]