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What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 12 in a series – “…many used such memories to fuel their passion for racial justice.”

October 4th, 2019 No comments

“Recreational segregation was particularly cruel to children, who would harbor the memories of exclusion throughout their lives. As these children grew up, many used such memories to fuel their passion for racial justice.

The integrated train and streetcar became a central image of a loosening of segregation’s ties in the urban North. The segregated amusement park and swimming pool, in contrast, reflected segregation’s persistence.”

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 – 70 in a series – “…introduce Papadopoulos to European leaders and others with contacts to the Russian government.”

October 3rd, 2019 No comments

“According to Papadopoulos, Mifsud at first seemed uninterested in Papadopoulos when they met in Rome.416 After Papadopoulos informed Mifsud about his role in the Trump Campaign, however, Mifsud appeared to take greater interest in Papadopoulos.

The two discussed Mifsud’s European and Russian contacts and had a general discussion about Russia; Mifsud also offered to introduce Papadopoulos to European leaders and others with contacts to the Russian government.”

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 – 60 in a series – “…exposing the secrets and crimes of slavery and slaveholders.”

October 3rd, 2019 No comments

”It was felt that I had committed the double offense of running away and exposing the secrets and crimes of slavery and slaveholders. There was a double motive for seeking my re-enslavement—avarice and vengeance; and while, as I have said, there was little probability of successful recapture, if attempted openly, I was constantly in danger of being spirited away at a moment when my friends could render me no assistance.”

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 – 49 in a series – “…began marketing all sorts of other Klan-marked trinkets and memorabilia.”

October 3rd, 2019 No comments
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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 32 in a series – “For the first time, he considered the possibility that the President of the United States was the head ratfucker.”

October 3rd, 2019 No comments

“At most, there were three persons who went higher than John Mitchell: John Ehrlichman (maybe), Haldeman and Richard M. Nixon. Basic strategy that goes all the way to the top. The phrase unnerved Bernstein. For the first time, he considered the possibility that the President of the United States was the head ratfucker.

People at the paper would occasionally kid them that they were out to get the President. What if they really had to confront such a situation—not getting the President, but obtaining persuasive evidence that he was involved?”

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

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 14 in a series – “… at the root of much else that was violent and angry in the postwar world…”

October 3rd, 2019 No comments

“A political space for mass-based nationalist activism, mobilized against both socialism and liberalism, had been only dimly visible in 1914. It became a yawning gap during World War I. That conflict did not so much create fascism as open up wide cultural, social, and political opportunities for it.

The Great War was also, it must be added, at the root of much else that was violent and angry in the postwar world, from Bolshevism to expressionist painting. Indeed, for some authors, the Great War by itself suffices to explain both Fascism and Bolshevism.“

From The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton

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What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 11 in a series – “Negro girls [cannot] swim in the YWCA pool.”

October 3rd, 2019 No comments

“In 1924, when the educator and social activist Dorothy Height was twelve years old, she decided to learn how to swim. Height and a few friends traveled to Pittsburgh’s downtown YWCA and approached the front desk. The receptionist told them simply, “Negro girls [cannot] swim in the YWCA pool.”

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 – 69 in a series – “…the entity that carried out the Russian social media campaign.”

October 2nd, 2019 No comments
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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 59 in a series – “…they believed I had never been south of Mason and Dixon’s line.”

October 2nd, 2019 No comments
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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 48 in a series – “…described it as a “standard fraternal order.”

October 2nd, 2019 No comments

“They apparently envisaged it as a private elite club with expensive entry fees. In one of many contradictory statements, they praised the first Klan in openly racial terms—“its valiant services in behalf of white supremacy insure it a place in the heart of every true American”—implying that the new club would be dedicated to the same cause. But they also described it as a “standard fraternal order.””

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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