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Dismantling the Myth of the “Black Confederate”
Spend any amount of time talking about slavery on the internet, and you’ll eventually encounter the claim that there were “black Confederates” that fought for the South. “Over the past few decades, claims to the existence of anywhere between 500 and 100,000 black Confederate soldiers, fighting in racially integrated units, have become increasingly common,” writes historian Kevin Levin in his new book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth.
“Proponents assert that entire companies and regiments served under Robert E. Lee’s command, as well as in other theaters of war.” Look, believers say (directly or subtextually): The Confederacy can’t have been so bad for black people. Otherwise, why would they have defended it?
Levin’s book explains how this myth came about—while neatly dismantling it. We spoke recently about actual Confederates’ perspectives on black soldiers; why former “body servants” attended Confederate reunions during Jim Crow; and how the World Wide Web gave this story legs.
These LGBTQ Activists Don’t Want Queer and Trans People Serving in the Military
Earlier this year, The New York Times published a story headlined “Transgender Troops Caught Between a Welcoming Military and a Hostile Government.” The piece highlights the discrepancy between the way that three trans service members were welcomed into their squadrons and platoons and the hostility they’ve faced from the Trump Administration. Rather than focusing on the work that the main subject, Senior Airman Sterling Crutcher, does as part of a B-52 bomber squadron, the piece describes the community that he found in the military: “He relaxes on weekends by playing video games and has Airsoft gun battles with the other troops from his unit.”
That piece is just one in a wave of media coverage over the last two years focused on what has come to be known as the “trans military ban.” In July 2017, Donald Trump haphazardly announced his plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military. After federal judges across the country struck down his administration’s attempts to implement the policy over the following year and a half, the ban eventually went into effect, with help from the Supreme Court, in April 2019. Since Trump’s announcement, the trans military ban has remained the most prominent LGBTQ issue in the country, occupying significant space in liberal and conservative media coverage—the latter supporting the ban and the former opposing it.
White man arrested for hurling racial slurs at black GOP campaign volunteer at North Carolina polling station
A white man was arrested for brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun and yelling racial slurs at a black campaign volunteer outside a North Carolina polling station, authorities said Thursday.
Jason Donald Wayne, 28, was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with going armed to the terror of people, communicating threats, disorderly conduct and ethnic intimidation, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
“Whites Don’t Shoot Whites”: Gunman Who Killed Two in Kentucky Allegedly Let a Man Go Because of Race
Retired firefighter gets prison for hanging doll by noose outside black family’s home
D.C. Man Says Five People Attacked Him and Friend Because They are Gay
New D.C. resident William Southern says he and his friend Robbie Barletta were attacked by a group of five people because they are gay. Southern, who said the attack happened on Sunday afternoon, later posted a slideshow of his facial injuries and bloodied t-shirt to Instagram along with news of the assault.
Hate groups from around the nation will meet to plot ways to harm LGBTQ people
Lesbian Couple Attacked in England in Possible Hate Crime
Priest defies Cardinal Cupich, burns LGBTQ flag on church grounds
Texas Republicans are so desperate they’re insinuating some Democrat candidates are ‘crossdressers’
Hotelier Tells Lesbian Couple They 'Should Be Put in a Cage'
School Superintendent Comes Out Under Threat From Christian Group
Art Gallery Owner Posts Sign to Stop Church from Taking His Parking Spaces: ‘Only for Gay Conversion Therapy’
Marines have way more sex than any other branch of the military, survey finds
This just in: A new report from the RAND Corp. has found that Marines have more sex than any other branch of the U.S. military.
Gun rights activists post plans for 3D firearms after judge's order blocking them
A coalition of gun rights advocates challenged a federal judge's order temporarily barring a Texas company from publishing blueprints on the web to make untraceable 3D-printed guns by publishing similar blueprints itself on Tuesday, saying such publications were protected by the First Amendment.
After years of litigation, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order earlier in the day blocking Defense Distributed of Austin, Texas, from relaunching on Wednesday with blueprints for plastic firearms that can be "printed" by machines using computer-assisted design, or CAD.
Poll: Almost a third of US voters think a second civil war is coming soon
A war may be brewing within the United States, almost a third of voters say in a poll released Wednesday.
Amid widespread political polarization on issues like immigration and recent public confrontations of Trump administration officials, 31 percent of probable U.S. voters surveyed said they think "it's likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years."
Democrats at 37 percent were slightly more fearful of a second civil war than Republicans at 32 percent, the poll from Rasmussen Reports found.
While more than half thought it was unlikely the USA would see a second civil war soon, 59 percent of voters were still concerned that opponents of President Donald Trump's policies would resort to violence.
Far-right voices are frothing about a looming civil war
That's why the enemy insists on arming themselves. 28-Jun-2018
This Picture Tells a Tragic Story of What Happened to Women After D-Day
They called it the épuration sauvage, the wild purge, because it was spontaneous and unofficial. But, yes, it was savage, too. In the weeks and months following the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, Allied troops and the resistance swept across France liberating towns and villages, and unleashing a flood of collective euphoria, relief and hope. And then the punishments began.
The victims were among the most vulnerable members of the community: Women. Accused of “horizontal collaboration” — sleeping with the enemy — they were targeted by vigilantes and publicly humiliated. Their heads were shaved, they were stripped half-naked, smeared with tar, paraded through towns and taunted, stoned, kicked, beaten, spat upon and sometimes even killed.
Police Killed At Least 378 Black Americans From The Moment Colin Kaepernick Protested
When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in August 2016, it was in protest of unjust police killings of black Americans.
For his courage, Kaepernick lost his job, the NFL lost its mind by forbidding the peaceful action ? and meanwhile, at least 378 black Americans have lost their lives in police killings.
We’re journalists at a Sinclair news station. We’re pissed.
Some of us wish we could quit — but our hands are tied.
We knew this was coming.
When Sinclair announced that all stations in the company’s network, including ours, would be required to roll out a “Journalistic Responsibility Promo,” the mood at our station darkened. Our anchors were told in an email that the script they would read was a straightforward public service announcement about the dangers of biased news stories. But after we actually laid eyes on the script, many of us felt uncomfortable.
“Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think,’” the anchors recited. “This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.”
'The Media Have Neglected Us': Black Parkland Survivors Speak Out
“I am here today with my classmates because we have been sorely underrepresented and in some cases misrepresented,” said Tyah-Amoy Roberts, a junior. She pointed out that though black students make up 11 percent of the school’s population, they are “rarely seen in mainstream media the way that our white peers are.”
“The media have neglected us,” the 17-year-old continued, “our peers have neglected us, though they are doing great work, and we have neglected ourselves until this very moment by not using our voice to demand to be seen and acknowledged. Well, here we are; do you see us?”
This Artist Transforms Spider-Man Comics Into Powerful Statements About Being Black in America
Spider-Man is one of the most easily-identifiable characters in comic book history, but when I recently received a message from a colleague about artist Kumasi J. Barnett’s paintings based on the character, I could barely recognize him. Instead, all I saw was myself and all of the other black men living in America who keenly understand that despite our most valiant efforts, we are largely still seen as menaces to society.
Religious right group will publish a hit list of ‘anti-Christian’ LGBTQ groups & leaders
Matt Barber, the head of Christian Civil Rights Watch, has announced that he will publish a hit list of progressive LGBT organizations and activists that a religious zealot or domestic terrorist could use to attack the community. He says the list will only include “anti-Christian extremists.”
Christian legal hate group says conversion therapy bans are unconstitutional
Anti-gay supporters rally for Roy Moore, worrying LGBT community
A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies.
Flanked by a huge sign for Moore's Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the "LGBT mafia" and "homosexualist gay terrorism." Another warned that "homosexual sodomy" destroys those who participate in it and the nations that allow it. And still another described same-sex marriage as "a mirage" because "it's phony and fake."
Thursday's news conference was designed to send a powerful message to the political world that religious conservatives across America remain committed to Moore, a Christian conservative and former judge whose Alabama Senate campaign has been rocked by mounting allegations of sexual misconduct. The event also revealed an aggressive strain of homophobia rarely seen in mainstream politics — in recent years, at least.
NYT Editorial Board Rips Trump: [He] Speaks and Acts in the Interest of Himself and No One Else’
“Mr. Trump, we are reminded every day in ways we would not have imagined the day before, speaks and acts in the interests of himself and no one else,” writes the New York Times editorial board in a searing editorial which takes the pardon of Joe Arpaio as its centerpiece.
Writes the NYT:
To most people with any awareness of Arizona politics, Mr. Arpaio is an abomination to the rule of law, the principle of equal justice and plain decency…
Jorge Ramos: Trump’s Arpaio Pardon Is a Defense of Racism
Arpaio moves to dismiss case against him after Trump's pardon
What Trump Supporters Really Believe