racism

The Lost Cause Redux

The so-called “lost cause”–a long- debunked effort by supporters of the Confederacy–remains a vibrant underpinning among those opposed to the removal of Confederate war memorials, which is likened to “erasing history” or, in the words of some, “erasing white history.”… Read More ›

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UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY RECLAIM “SILENT SENTINEL” The Loudoun County chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy has offered to provide a new resting place for a Confederate monument under consideration for removal.  Installed in 1908 on the… Read More ›

In Contemplation of Action

By Frank Blechman Like most folks, I value order more than I value freedom, at least in the abstract. Maybe Kris Kristofferson was right when he wrote, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” Maybe I am too… Read More ›

Upon Being a Ass, a Idiot

Published in 1838 by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist features Mr. Bumble, who is told by a court that it is presumed that his wife acted under his direction. Bumble replies “if the law supposes that, the law is a ass,… Read More ›

Tulsa: P45’s Pivot on Date Flunks

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, June 18, 2020. By Paul Krugman When Trump campaign officials scheduled a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, they sent what looked like a signal of approval to white supremacists. For… Read More ›

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“WONDERING IF AUNT JEMIMA WILL CHANGE TO UNCLE TOM’S?” Loudoun County Treasurer Roger Zurn last Wednesday quickly posted then deleted the social media post quoted above, responding to the news that the Quaker Oats Company will revamp its image on… Read More ›

Signs of a Political Pandemic

Viral pandemics are initiated by one or a few infected carriers entering an area. Some are impossible to detect, and others appear to sprout in more than one place at a time. While there are no epidemiological studies or data… Read More ›