The Civil War Donald Trump Supporters Want To Fight

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by Tony Wyman Professional hysteric Alex Jones, host of the conspiracy-promoting website Infowars, was roundly mocked in social media this past Independence Day for claiming Democrats were planning to launch a second Civil War on the 4th of July. “Father: Our troops fought bravely but were captured, proving that they aren’t heroes. Today, I wonder if there are good people on both sides. I can go no further. The bone spurs are just too severe. They said this war would be easy to win. Sad!” wrote GOP media adviser and The…

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Roy Moore and the Normalization of Right Wing Extremism

By Janice Barlow Tomorrow Alabama holds its special election for its state Senate seat. Republican Roy Moore is going up against Democrat Doug Jones in a very red state. Moore will likely win, but as of now, that is an unknown result. Jeff Sessions held the seat, but was promoted to the position of Attorney General. Now there is a vacancy that was assumed would be easily filled by a Republican. A primary was held last September in which mainstream Republican Luther Strange, endorsed by President Trump, battled against Roy…

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Art Should Reveal Uncomfortable Truths

To Kill a Mockingbird book cover

by Oletta Branstiter Should art be created to make us feel comfortable? The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi recently decided to eliminate To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, from the 8th-grade reading list. The reason? “Language in the book makes some people uncomfortable.” Was the complaint based on the historical and contextual use of the word “nigger”? Or was it more insidious? Do the objections reflect the same lack of understanding that led to the banning of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain?…

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Two South African Farmers Found Guilty in “Coffin Case”

Victor Mlotshwa, victim of attempted murder by two South African farmers, speaks to reporters after the trial

By Dena Leichnitz The South Africa attempted murder, “coffin case”. While America seems to be reeling with its own racial divisions as of late, there seems to be real racial tensions taking place around the world. South Africa  is not unfamiliar with such racial tensions as they dealt with apartheid for many years that resulted in the imprisonment and eventual release of their President, Nelson Mandela. So it should not come as a shock that once again racism has reared its ugly head in South Africa. Willem Oosthuizen  and Theo Martins Jackson, according…

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Confederate Statues: Monuments to Heroes or Memorials to a Failed Past?

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By Tony Wyman   Confederate Statues, Monuments, Memorials Arthur Danto, the American art critic and philosopher, once defined the difference between a “monument” and a “memorial,” this way, “We erect monuments so that we shall always remember, and build memorials so that we shall never forget.” Monuments, he said, “commemorate the memorable and embody the myths of beginnings. Memorials ritualize remembrance and mark the reality of ends.” So, what are the roughly 700 Confederate Civil War statues erected around the country?  Are they monuments embodying the “myths of beginnings,” or…

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Nothing Good Comes From Trading Patriotism For Nationalism – “Alt-Right” Is Wrong On Every Level

by Oletta Branstiter The Shocking Reality of Nationalism No one should be surprised at the mayhem that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday. Shocked? Yes. Horrified? Yes. Disgusted? Yes. After the eight years of racial tension and provocation by the Obama administration, Americans without a firm moral compass, historical perspective, and Constitutional understanding chose to endorse a man who campaigned on the premise of vengeful Nationalism. Donald Trump never represented Patriotism. As a demagogue, he used powerful populism to whip up the reactionary emotions of his followers to accept a type…

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The Re-emergence of Hate Crimes When Political Incorrectness has Gone Amok

By Dani Graham Three people were murdered and one injured recently in two separate incidents in which hate seemed to be the motivation. These senseless deaths can be attributed to the recent rise in racism and bigotry. On Saturday, May 20, 2017, a University of Maryland student, Richard Collins III, was stabbed to death because of the color of his skin. The alleged killer, Sean Christopher Urbanski, belonged to the Facebook group, “Alt-Reich: Nation”, which openly spread hate and promoted violence toward all minorities, especially the black community. Collins had…

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