In 2000, Selma, AL elected its first black mayor. The week after he took office some neo-Confederates erected a 10,000 pound, $25,000 statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the town. Forrest was one of the founders of the KKK. Subtle.…
Six years earlier a wave of states across the South began instituting Confederate History Month. That's right, Confederate History Month became a "tradition" IN THE MID-1990S.…
The year Selma's neo-Confederates put up that Nathan Bedford Forrest statue, George W Bush won the white vote in Alabama by a 75-25 margin.
I learned this detail about Selma's history from the excellent, 2019 podcast, White Lies. If you missed it at the time, I highly recommend it.
In this story we learn that the bust of Forrest disappeared in 2012, and was replaced by neo-Confederates in 2015. Three weeks later, racist neo-Confederate Dylann Roof murdered 9 people in a Charleston church.…

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The HBO show about this crime spree will be called "Breaking Batter."…
Sergeant Fryday, reporting for duty sir.
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Since late April the RNC has sent me 18 fundraising emails that ask me to sign a Birthday card for Donald Trump, which is a totally normal politics thing for a democratic country, right?
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In most societies around the world, guns are rare. If you think more guns mean more freedom, then you’re a special sort of American Exceptionalist Dope.
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Uh oh, don't tell Tom Cotton, but it looks like the US Army has been making training videos he'd consider "dangerously woke" since the early 1970s.
"A commitment to use the same imagination that has kept so many out, to bring them into the system willingly, with dignity and good feeling."
I can not stress how weird and wonderful this 1973 film, made by the US Army, is.
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This is how school children were taught to think about the history of plantations in the 1950s.
I was inspired to search for a historical film like this because I'm currently reading this powerful book by @ClintSmithIII. Highly recommend it.…
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Later he says to protestors "you fellas better have your day now because you're through later on, I can tell you that much."
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