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Virginia's Confederate Slap in the Face

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

As an African American who grew up in the Midwest, it's hard to explain how unsettling it is to come face to face with the Rebel flag.

Jason Linkins

CNN Still Bent On Debating 'Two Sides' Of The Confederacy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You know, back when we put up this video of the media inviting a bunch of weird old white dudes on to debate the merits of celebrating Confederate his...

The Real McDonnell Agenda?

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

In proposing the writing of an essay for inmates who wish to regain their voting rights, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia wasn't trying to deny all felons the right to vote -- just black ones.

Missouri Radio Station Gives New Meaning to the Phrase "It's Miller Time!"

Amber Holley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Amber Holley

If a radio station blocks commercials with racially biased and anti-Semitic claims from a write-in Senate candidate from Missouri, it risks having its license revoked by the FCC.

When America Was Attacked

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The Confederacy was a well-armed rogue organization. And this is what Virginia wants to commemorate with a Confederate History Month.

Ghosts of Presidents Past

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

The tone being as polarized as it's been in 150 years or so, I can't help but lament the fact that so many stars of the GOP whom we might look to for wisdom and answers are no longer with us.

Jason Linkins

Media Debates The Merits Of Celebrating The Confederacy [VIDEO] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I think Civil War History is important, and tourists continue to flock to places like Gettysburg to experience this chapter of American History. But ...

The Shame of Virginia

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Sometimes, when something is so outrageous, I prefer to take a breath and hold off writing even though it means I am a little late for the immediacy a...

The Tomb of the Unknown Slave: A "Revisioning" of Confederate History Month

Dr. Jonathan David Farley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jonathan David Farley

In Germany and Austria, it is a crime to express support for National Socialism. In the United States, Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has declared April 2010 "Confederate History Month."

Bob McDonnell, the GOP, and the Celebration of Confederate Virginia

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's reprehensible decision to declare April 2010 Confederate History Month in that state is gaining national attention, and rightly so. The American people should once again take a long, hard look at the GOP, and what really drives it.

"Confederate" Heritage? The Suppression of Truth and the Misuse of History

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

If Governor McDonnell wants to promote the Civil War in Virginia, I say more power to him. Let him call it "Civil War Heritage Month" and let it address the plight of the slaves, and the atrocity of post-Reconstruction civil rights violations in Virginia.

Virginia Is for Haters

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

In recognition of the first Confederate History Month, it's time to acknowledge the incontestable truth about the Confederacy: it was, quite literally, the most unpatriotic thing in the entire history of America.

'Confederate History Month' Declared By Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has declared April to be "Confederate History Month," the first time in 8 years that such a proclamation ...

Misremembering: The Failure to Teach History in America

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

In the US, the issue is becoming one of history being taught differently in Texas than in Maine, and interpreted differently in Virginia than in Ohio. And it is becoming a political tool for polarized pundits.

U. of Texas Ponders Renaming Dorm that Honors Klansman

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Asghar

Clearly this "union" just isn't working, so we should adjust. Let the new nation to wave its Confederate flag proudly and name its buildings after whatever bigots suit their fancy.

'Burning Bright' by Ron Rash: the Luminescence of Endurance

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The stories in Burning Bright are beautiful. Each story is luminescent, deeply communicative of Appalachia and perfectly framed with sentences both lyrical and grounded.

Slave Reparations -- The Globalist Connection

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Ehrmann

As the debate over slave reparations continues, an exhibit on Senator Judah P. Benjamin at the Louisiana State Archives sheds light on a statesman who helped build America's slave economy.

Virginia Governor Proposes Building Giant Hot Tub Time Machine

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Once completed, the enormous hot tub time machine now in production will enable the entire population to travel back in time to 1860, when Virginia was a part of the Confederacy, Gov. McDonnell said today.

Confederate Group League of the South Gets All Up in My Face and Whatnot

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barrett Brown

There's a bit of good news for those various conservative commentators who've been defending Robert Stacy McCain -- you fellows have some powerful new allies!

The Real Reason Obama Deserves the Nobel Win

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

The impact of Obama's election stretches far beyond even what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the "fierce urgency of now." It goes beyond race and beyond policy issues.

Haiti and the Roots of America's Crazy Fake Populism: Astroturf is Nothing New

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcella Mroczkowski

The political and social development of the American South were radically changed by the Haitian Slave Rebellion -- the only successful slave rebellion in history, and one inspired by the American Revolution.

Secesh 3.0: Fear Of A Black President

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

When the Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) disrupted the President’s health care address before a joint session of Congress, it was not the first time th...

Carter Racism Charge Triggers Next U.S. Race Debate

Christian Science Monitor | Patrik Jonsson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In asserting that some Obama foes are prejudiced, the ex-president rekindles a difficult discussion. The right sees it as a way to squelch legitimate ...

Veterans' Day Parade To Go Ahead -- With Rebel Flag

Miami Herald | Tania Valdemoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Organizers will go ahead with the popular Veterans' Day parade in Homestead despite the controversy over a group marching for the first time with the ...

Sotomayor, Obama, and the Looming Republican Race Problem

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

The "Manchurian Candidate" fantasy is alive and well in Republican ranks. And is it a long-term problem that they are largely opposed to the first black president and first brown Supreme Court justice?...You bet.