racial symbols

Carefully Taught

In 1949, when South Pacific debuted on Broadway, few extolled its messages concerning systemic racial prejudice as portrayed by American military service personnel. That portrayal was not limited to the military but intended to reflect a more commonly held view… Read More ›

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FAKED DOCS FAIL TO SPRING INMATE A scheme designed to spring a Loudoun County inmate from jail failed. A man who was being held on shoplifting charges in Loudoun and two other Virginia counties, as well as two probation violations,… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

OKLAHOMA A line from the title song of the musical relates that “You’re doing fine, Oklahoma; Oklahoma, OK!” The Sooner State received its nickname as settlers in 1889 lined up at the border to make claims to Native American lands… Read More ›

The Replacements

1 To some, the term “replacements” will evoke a smile recollecting the 2000 motion picture comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman about a group of misfits recruited to play professional football. However, there are advocates of a sociopolitical replacement… Read More ›

ICYMI…………….December 20, 1860

One hundred sixty-one years ago today, in 1860, the General Assembly of South Carolina, the Palmetto State, voted unanimously to secede from the United States following the victory of President Abraham Lincoln. A formal declaration of secession proclaimed that “A… Read More ›

War on Children, Chapter 5

Editors’ Note: This is Chapter 5 of a six-chapter expose by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit “newsroom” that produces investigative journalism “with moral force.” The treatment of children in Tennessee reported here, of whatever race, by local officials, is almost unimaginable…. Read More ›

Colonial Chocolate and Slavery

As the nation struggles with repeated assaults from waves of viruses, pressure to resume some type of normalcy increases, particularly as the holiday season approaches. At the same time, reminders of our cultural heritage persist in competing for attention. Published… Read More ›

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OUTFOXING THE CRITTERS Many traditions represent nostalgic calls to remember cherished moments or events of the past. Some traditions, however, are prized by the few and evoke sentiments of a type of noblesse oblige of past class structure. Out of… Read More ›