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What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 16 in a series – “…white children cut up their clothes while they swam.”

October 10th, 2019 No comments

“Even before World War II using segregation as a means of riot prevention was clearly ineffective. Small-and large-scale racial conflict over recreation prevailed in Chicago throughout the 1930s. Daily harassment of blacks who attempted to use public facilities was common. When a pool attendant denied a black mother and her four daughters a locker at a public pool, white children cut up their clothes while they swam.”

From Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 73 in a series – “…met with high-level Russian government officials…”

October 9th, 2019 No comments
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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 64 in a series – “…painfully alive to the liability which surrounded me…”

October 9th, 2019 No comments

”I became myself painfully alive to the liability which surrounded me, and which might at any moment scatter all my proud hopes, and return me to a doom worse than death. It was thus I was led to seek a refuge in monarchial England, from the dangers of republican slavery. A rude, uncultivated fugitive slave, I was driven to that country to which American young gentlemen go to increase their stock of knowledge— to seek pleasure, and to have their rough democratic manners softened by contact with English aristocratic refinement.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 53 in a series – “…KKK pageants…”

October 9th, 2019 No comments

“Typically staged in summer, often on Independence Day, and outdoors, these KKK pageants might last well into the night. Open to everyone, located in fairgrounds, public parks, and donated private fields, they were announced in newspapers, handbills, and posters tied to trees far enough in advance that word spread widely. Ministers promoted them in sermons. People from miles around anticipated them with excitement and attended in the thousands, sometimes the tens of thousands. One huge event in Racine was co-organized by Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan Klans.2

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 36 in a series – “This is very serious.”

October 9th, 2019 No comments

”Deep Throat was angry, too, but not at Woodward. “Okay,” he said softly. “This is very serious. You can safely say that fifty people worked for the White House and CRP to play games and spy and sabotage and gather intelligence. Some of it is beyond belief, kicking at the opposition in every imaginable way. You already know some of it.” Deep Throat nodded confirmation as Woodward ran down items on a list of tactics that he and Bernstein had heard were used against the political opposition: bugging, following people, false press leaks, fake letters, canceling campaign rallies, investigating campaign workers’ private lives, planting spies, stealing documents, planting provocateurs in political demonstrations.”

All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 18 in a series – “…violence in its cause was ennobling.”

October 9th, 2019 No comments

“Even after the horrors of 1914–18 had made it harder to think of war as the sort of bracing exploit admired by Rudyard Kipling, Theodore Roosevelt, or the early Boy Scout movement, some still considered it the highest human activity. If the nation or Volk was mankind’s highest attainment, violence in its cause was ennobling. Beyond that, a few aesthetes of violence found beauty in the very extremity of masculine will and endurance demanded by trench warfare.34”

From The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton

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What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 15 in a series – “…fears of contagion and interracial sexuality…”

October 9th, 2019 No comments
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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 73 in a series – “…supportive of his efforts to arrange such a meeting.”

October 8th, 2019 No comments

“Whatever Sessions’s precise words at the March 31 meeting, Papadopoulos did not understand Sessions or anyone else in the Trump Campaign to have directed that he refrain from making further efforts to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and the Russian government.

To the contrary, Papadopoulos told the Office that he understood the Campaign to be supportive of his efforts to arrange such a meeting.441 Accordingly, when he returned to London, Papadopoulos resumed those efforts.442”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 63 in a series – “The colored people generally accepted the situation…”

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”Regarding this as the fruit of slaveholding prejudice, and being determined to fight the spirit of slavery wherever I might find it, I resolved to avoid this car, though it sometimes required some courage to do so. The colored people generally accepted the situation, and complained of me as making matters worse rather than better by refusing to submit to this proscription. I, however, persisted, and sometimes was soundly beaten by conductor and brakeman.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 52 in a series – “…they were mass performances, staged for audiences.

October 8th, 2019 No comments

“KLAN RITUALS TOOK ON A DIFFERENT AND MORE capacious appeal when they were mass performances, staged for audiences. At the time, political parties held large, raucous gatherings to build and confirm electoral support. Protestant camp meetings were a popular attraction. But the Klan outdid these by far. It mounted extravagant productions that offered entertainment for all, and the fact that they also formed a recruitment strategy was of more than incidental value.”

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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