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BLOGROLL: Fleming writes “White Supremacy Is the Foundation of Our Country”


Crystal Marie Fleming on United States’ history of white supremacy and the danger of stopping at statues:

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is lifted from its pedestal at Lee Circle as it is removed by a crane on Friday, May 19, 2017. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

“From the inception of this nation, white supremacist ideology was used to justify genocide and slavery. And so, the problem of collective memory extends far beyond Confederate memorials. Removing memorials to white supremacy in the United States is not simply a matter of knocking down statues of Robert E. Lee. It’s relatively easy for some to see the Confederate flag as an emblem of hatred and white supremacy. But slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow, mass incarceration and centuries of systematic racism all happened under the star-spangled banner…”

Read the rest: http://www.theroot.com/to-be-clear-white-supremacy-is-the-foundation-of-our-c-1797990783

Filed under: Crystal Marie Fleming Tagged: #adphd, african american, blogroll, civil war, history, memory, race, social justice

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SOURCE: Frederick Douglass on How Congress Can Fight a ‘Treacherous President’ – The Atlantic


The Atlantic reprints Frederick Douglass’s 1866 essay on how Congress can cope with a chief executive who refuses to recognize the rights of all citizens:

“Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own conservation. It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around it favorable to its own continuance. And to-day it is so strong that it could exist, not only without law, but even against law. Custom, manners, morals, re ligion, are all on its side everywhere in the South; and when you add the ignorance and servility of the ex-slave to the intelligence and accustomed authority of the master, you have the conditions, not out of which slavery will again grow, but under which it is impossible for the Federal government to wholly destroy it, unless the Federal government be armed with despotic power, to blot out State authority, and to station a Federal officer at every cross-road. This, of course, cannot be done, and ought not even if it could. The true way and the easiest way is to make our government entirely consistent with itself, and give to every loyal citizen the elective franchise,—a right and power which will be ever present, and will form a wall of fire for his protection…”

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Filed under: See Tags Tagged: #adphd, african american, blogroll, civil war, essay, history, primary source, slavery, united states

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The Forgotten History of Black Chefs – Eater



Honored that this selection from THE COOKING GENE appears on Eater 🙂

The love that everyone is showing for this book is amazing and very emotional for me. I am grateful for all of the positive energy and strength from my old and newfound family. May all the good vibes go beyond us to heal our South, the country and the world. Why hold it in? 

If you would like to know more about my book visit here and if you would like to get a copy visit the above link or here. At a time when we are once again trying to wrestle with race in America, I offer my work as a means to promote healing and understanding. We need it desperately.

Sister Heather Beyer, we thank you for your service as a human being doing Gds work on planet earth.

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Billy Idol Almost Played the T-1000 in ‘Terminator 2,’ Robert Patrick Reveals


Well, everyone knows Robert Patrick played the T-1000 in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” What this new Hollywood Reporter interview presupposes…maybe he almost didn’t? The actor reveals that he wasn’t exactly the first choice to play the menacing, nigh-unstoppable cyborg in the 1991 sci-fi/action masterpiece, and in fact a rather different performer was: “Billy Idol was set to do the role of the T-1000, as I understand,” Patrick says.

“I can tell you that I saw Billy’s image when I went to Stan Winston after I got the role. Unfortunately, he got into a motorcycle accident and busted up his leg, so he wasn’t able to physically do what the role demanded.” That’s quite the “what if?” scenario, but few would complain about how things turned out — Patrick’s icy performance is part of what makes “T2” the classic it is.

The film is being re-released in 3D this week, marking 26 years since it first introduced us to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new-and-improved Terminator. Read Patrick’s full interview here.

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DIGITAL: Network Visualization of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky 


“On August 10, 2017, my partner Sara Carlstead Brumfield and I delivered this presentation at Digital Humanities 2017 in Montreal.  The presentation was coauthored by Patrick Lewis, Whitney Smith, Tony Curtis, and Jeff Dycus, our collaborators at Kentucky Historical Society…

“The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition was conceived to address a problem in the historical record of Civil War-era Kentucky that originates from the conflict between the slaveholding, unionist elite with the federal government. During the course of the war, they had fallen out completely. As a result, at the end of the war the people who wrote the histories of the war—even though they had been Unionists—ended up wishing they had seceded, so they wrote these pro-Confederate histories that biased the historical record. What this means is that the secondary sources are these sort-of Lost Cause narratives that don’t reflect the lived experience of the people of Kentucky during the Civil War. So in order to find about that experience, we have to go back to the primary sources.”

Of special interest:

“This is Caroline Dennett, who was an enslaved woman who was brought [to Kentucky] as contraband with the Union Army, was “employed” by a family in Louisville, and was accused of poisoning their eighteen month old daughter. There are a lot of documents about here, because there are people writing to the governor about pardoning her, or attesting to her character (or lack of ability to do anything that horrible)…”

Read it all: http://manuscripttranscription.blogspot.com/2017/08/beyond-coocurrence.html?m=1

Filed under: Ben W. Brumfield, Jeff Dycus, Patrick Lewis, Tony Curtis, Whitney Smith Tagged: civil war, digital, history, united states

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