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The Plantation Myth

              One of the more pernicious memes propagated by apologists for slavery is that of the placid plantation populated by enslaved people enjoying their lives in an agrarian paradise. Amplified by countless historians and… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

LORD SUES CHRISTIAN U. A third-year law student at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Jamie Lord, is one of over 40 students suing the US Department of Education for allowing sex-based discrimination by institutions receiving Title IX funds. The law… Read More ›

A Well-Educated Populace?

Editors’ Note: Reposted from the Roanoke Times, June 26, 2021. Our formal education systems are largely responsible for the transmission of the values of our society. Fear of examining the evidence of those values is unproductive. By John Kitterman Now… Read More ›

Dissenting Voices and Visions

The Supreme Court of the United States enjoys hallowed respect in our nation as its decisions affect every resident of the states and territories. The Court has been the battleground referee and umpire for many freedoms taken for granted without… Read More ›

An Exception to Exceptionalism

The history and timeline of slavery in the United States tends to be almost exclusively related to the diaspora of African people to the Americas beginning in 1619. The subsequent racist heritage spawned by the advent of Black slaves, in… Read More ›

When is Long Ago Just Too Far Ago?

Conventionally and conveniently, we tend to deflect or ignore in our public discourse painful or unpleasant or embarrassing events. Perhaps that is simply human nature. Often that discourse or what remains of it is conducted with language references that envelop… Read More ›

Erasure

In grade school, we unquestioningly accepted the duty of a teacher erasing the blackboard no matter what material had been chalked. Sometimes, we might have had some concern that we had failed to copy some vital information into our notebooks…. Read More ›

Jim Crow Ate America

THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander Book Review by Jim McCarthy             Although published 11 years ago, the content, information, and observations are not only fresh for consideration today but prophetic. The author offers… Read More ›

Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Santorum

Paul Simon penned some of music’s most memorable lyrics and tunes during his lengthy career. Occasionally, snatches of words and lines from Mrs. Robinson (1968) are heard “softly creeping” (Sounds of Silence) while considering a current political issue. These snippets… Read More ›