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Empty, Spent, Blank, While the Pundits Catch Up

Image: salon.com

Image: salon.com

Blank is what my blog has been lately, and blank is what my mind is right now. Blank, empty, with nothing left to say other than “I told you so, America”.

For decades, I have been railing against American authoritarianism, America’s flirtation with fascism, the dangerous lack of education and critical thinking skills. Continue reading

Uh, Independence From What?

When I saw this video on  Facebook, it didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me, although I suppose it shouldn’t have, were a lot of the comments blaming the GOP and the Koch Brothers. Continue reading

Police Killings, Militarization and the Absence of the NRA in Ferguson, Missouri

image: news.yahoo.com

image: news.yahoo.com

I was on an 18-day road trip with my family, visiting colleges for B and seeing friends and family where time permitted, having a blast, blissfully unaware of all but the biggest world news feeds on my phone. Continue reading

A Few Books and Movies About American Slavery

django unchainedWant to read or watch some more about American slavery?

Of course the first book on the list should be Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It’s fiction, but based firmly in the harsh reality of slavery. It’s called the book that started the war. It certainly increased Northerners’ sympathy for slaves. Of course, if Uncle Tom had been a little less turn-the-other-cheek Christian the book wouldn’t have been so influential. But all of Uncle Tom’s misplaced pacifism and loyalty to the guy who sold him down the river aside, it is actually a pretty strong social commentary.

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Reconstruction: What If?

lincoln and emancipationLincoln went to war to get the South back into the Union. Although the war was mostly about slavery, his initial aim was not to abolish it. He wrote as much in a letter in 1862:

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The Meridian Riot of 1871

image: wikipedia.com

image: wikipedia.com

And now for the post that I’ve been working up to: Meridian, Mississippi.

To us, it was just a random dot on the map on our way home to Austin, Texas on a recent trip. We were going to spend the night in Jackson, but I stupidly stuck my credit card in the dollar slot of a vending machine at a rest stop outside Meridian. The vending machine, very happy with the change in diet, promptly ate my card. We wanted to cancel the card as soon as possible, but first we needed it to check into a hotel, so we stayed in Meridian.

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Reconstruction: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Gen. Robert E. Lee (gray) surrendering to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (blue)

Gen. Robert E. Lee (gray) surrendering to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (blue)

So, that takes care of the very broad history of slavery in America. Finally, liberty and justice for all, right?

Wrong.

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