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It was on this date in 1920 that the now famous Matewan Massacre took place in the coal mining town of Matewan, West Virginia.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu eloquently spells out why the racists monuments had to be removed from prominent public display. Although Mayor Landrieu understandably focused on the social justice questions, he did explore the historical roots of the four statues.

When Mayor Landrieu described the reason for founding the C.S.A. as
to protect citizens' "right" to enslave people of color, he nailed it. Although many apologists try to shift the question to "states'' rights", what other "right" are they advocating?

Mayor Landrieu briefly mentioned that the people who erected these monuments were furthering the "myth of the lost cause", but did not dwell on this point. All four monuments celebrate people who rebelled against the United States.

In "Lies Across America", Professor Loewen observes that many of these confederate monuments were erected between 1900 - 1925 which conincided with the rise of the "second Klan" and accurately characterizes many of these monuments to the KKK. One of these monuments -- dedicated to "our Confederate dead" --- sits in Montana although Montana was a sparsely populated and did not even become a territory until 1864. There is no record of a citizen of Montana fighting for the Confederacy nonetheless anyone from Montana dying for their "lost cause".

Nor are these four prominent monuments the first time that New Orleans removed monuments which honored its racist history :

A different monument was erected on Canal Street memorializing the "Battle Of Liberty Place" --- an insurgency where white citizens who killed NOLA's white and black policeman in order to overrun a jail to release prisoners of the federal government.

The City of New Orleans moved this monument to the actual location of the battle where it is next to a parking garage and is not in "public" (or at least prominent) view.

H/T to +Yonatan Zunger for sharing and +Rugger Ducky for the original post.

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A historian and an economist examined the disparity between blacks and whites in incomes since reconstruction. This is a "must read".

Unfortunately, the research paper is "behind" a major subscription wall.

H/T to +Vicky Veritas for sharing.

I watched the documentary, I Am Not Your Negro,last night.
Still processing the film's content, I wholeheartedly agree with the film's and the subject's conclusion that our country, more correctly, my fellow white Americans, need to fully embrace our rapacious, bloody past, then learn to see African-Americans, not as we want to see them, but in a full context of our shared past.

As James Baldwin, (and certainly W.E.B. DuBois), came to believe, the optimism that allows one to believe that whites will go through this process is likely nothing more than false hope.

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A University of Washington professor is teaching college students about the false claims of many studies based on "big data". The article includes links to FREE course materials.

I have not reviewed the materials but some of them are probably appropriate to a high school level social sciences or even history course (under "current events"). 

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New Orleans removes its final confederate monument and begins a truly post-Confederate era. #US #NO #history

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The National Geographic Society published a brief article containing many facts about the #SalemWitchTrials that I did not know. The "investigations" and trials involved not only suspicion of women, but also race, class, and religion/theological differences.
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