Category Archives: Racial Violence

Southern Legacy Smackdown

On Monday, Diane Rehm had a panel on her show consisting of Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Daniel Webster from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and Georgetown University Law School professor Paul Butler. One of the callers to the show brought up, not in a particularly hostile manner, the “Southern legacy” argument about the Confederate flag. Butler let… Read more »

Another Flag Falls

George Wallace weeps. Alabama! On the order of Gov. Robert Bentley, the Confederate battle flag which stands at the foot of the confederate memorial on the state Capitol grounds was taken down this morning. Two workers came out of the Capitol building about 8:20 a.m. and with no fanfare quickly and quietly took the flag down. They declined to answer questions…. Read more »

Hell Is Freezing Over

First South Carolina. “Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” Haley said during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with other state leaders. Then Mississippi? Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night… Read more »

Glass Houses?

Why is this monument to Maryland troops who served in the Confederate military still standing in Rockville? It’s right between the Circuit Court and the old 1891 red brick courthouse, which is still being used. Not very subtle. I think it’s long past time for this monument to go - last time I looked, Montgomery County is minority-majority now. You… Read more »

Not Random

On Slate, one of my favorite writers, Jamelle Bouie, persuasively makes the case that the Charleston church shooting is anything but random. Go read. The attack on Emanuel AME sits in a long history of violence against black churches. The most famous attack—or act of terrorism—was the 1963 church bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where the… Read more »