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Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 8:46 am (UTC-4)
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Your new book, “Between the World and Me,” is a great and searing contribution to this public education … You write to your son, “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body — it is heritage.”

Historical Perspectives of the Confederate Flag, Civil War

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 2:43 pm (UTC-4)
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It is fitting that during the 150th anniversary of the end to the U.S. Civil War, Americans are debating the display of one of that war’s most controversial symbols: the Confederate battle flag. It’s removal Friday from the grounds of South Carolina’s capital has stoked passions on both sides of the issue, who cite “history” to sway opinion to their side.

Stop Giving White Racists a Pass, Black America

Posted June 29th, 2015 at 2:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Black families are expected to grieve as a public spectacle, to offer comfort, redemption, and a pathway to a new day. The parents of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Mike Brown and the widow of Eric Garner were all asked in interviews if they’d forgive the white men who killed their loved one.

The Dignity of Charfleston Flies in the Face of the Left’s Uninformed, Anti-South Bigotry

Posted June 25th, 2015 at 12:36 pm (UTC-4)
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White Northern liberals explain how the South is an irredeemable cesspool of hate, while ignoring the fact that blacks are abandoning the Northern blue states in huge numbers to move to the South.

America’s Dark Shadows: The Charleston Massacre

Posted June 22nd, 2015 at 9:53 am (UTC-4)
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Many ages removed, America’s magical object is the gun. The gun defines us and protects us. It is also the chosen instrument of sacrifice, retribution and justice.

South Carolina Church Massacre: Hate Crime or Terrorism?

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 12:58 pm (UTC-4)
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The killing of nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston by a young white man has thrust gun control and racism front and center once again in America. Among the many pained questions being asked is whether or not the shooting should be defined as a hate crime or an act of terror.

American Terrorism

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 9:47 am (UTC-4)
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The racially-motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina—one of the worst U.S. domestic terror attacks in years—serves as a terrible reminder that not all terrorists carry a black flag.

If Clementa Pinckney Had Lived

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 8:57 am (UTC-4)
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I have no doubt that had the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney lived, he would have become known — and celebrated — across our country for his leadership, rather than sealed immortally in tragedy, one more black martyr in a line stretching back to the more than 800 slave voyages that ended at Charleston Harbor.