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A Digital Heritage of Confederate Memorialization: Julian Carr and Silent Sam — Archaeology and Material Culture

In 1908 Confederate Veteran reported that a “movement was inaugurated to erect a monument on the campus of the University at Chapel Hill to the boys who put aside their books and doffed uniforms, shouldered their guns, and went to the front in defense of a cause their fathers knew to be right.” That ambition […] via A Digital Heritage of Confederate Memorialization: Julian Carr and Silent Sam — Archaeology and Material Culture

Hold Paula Deen Accountable If You Care About Justice

Clarence “Long-Dong” Thomas In my last post I made an appeal to forgive Paula Deenfor her use of the word “nigger” because I was feeling a sense of charity given that my general attitude toward her was already one of low expectations. I glossed over key points also due, in part, to generate a post with brevity and levity. The mild sense of sympathy I felt, however, was countered by a generalized snark and outright cynicism that comes from living as an African American woman living in the South and being… Read more Hold Paula Deen Accountable If You Care About Justice

Forgive Paula Deen If You Love America!

All comedy aside, I can’t help but think how this most recent racial flare-up provides an almost ritualistic purpose in society, especially during times of racial upheaval. Current circumstances brought about by legal and legislative proceedings surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, the SCOTUS in/decision on affirmative action, and Congressional reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act all provide the perfect kairos for electronic excoriation. This week’s feeding frenzy was inspired by Paul Deen being “outed” as a racist. It seems to me that public reactions to Deen﹣whether for or against﹣say far more about our collective… Read more Forgive Paula Deen If You Love America!