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Old 02-07-2019, 09:48 PM
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Default Stupid fact of the day.

I had to look up Silent Sam, because Sammy Davis Jr.'s original stage name was "Silent Sam the Dancing Midget," and I was sort of confused.

For any other confused people: It is an anonymous Confederate soldier statue, I guess.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:27 PM
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It's supposed to represent students and alumni of UNC who fought for the Confederacy. At its dedication, the KKK-supporting speaker bragged about how he "horse-whipped a Negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds". That man, Julius Carr, lends his name to the town next to Chapel Hill, Carrboro (they have considered changing the name, but apparently the state legislature can block such a move).

Another charming story about Silent Sam is that a common joke at UNC was something like "legend has it that Silent Sam will fire his gun in recognition if a virgin walks by", the joke being that our female classmates are sluts and that's why Sam remains silent, har har.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:37 PM
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Parking this op-ed from Rev. William Barber to remind myself to read the whole thing after finishing my assignment tonight. The excerpts I've seen have been very promising.

How Ralph Northam and others can repent of America’s original sin - The Washington Post

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…If Northam, or any politician who has worn blackface, used the n-word or voted for the agenda of white supremacy, wants to repent, the first question they must ask is “How are the people who have been harmed by my actions asking to change the policies and practices of our society?” In political life, this means committing to expand voting rights, stand with immigrant neighbors, and provide health care and living wages for all people. In Virginia, it means stopping the environmental racism of the pipeline and natural gas compressor station Dominion Energy intends to build in Union Hill, a neighborhood founded by emancipated slaves and other free African Americans.

Scapegoating politicians who are caught in the act of interpersonal racism will not address the fundamental issue of systemic racism. We have to talk about policy. But we also have to talk about trust and power. If white people in political leadership are truly repentant, they will listen to black and other marginalized people in our society. They will confess that they have sinned and demonstrate their willingness to listen and learn by following and supporting the leadership of others. To confess past mistakes while continuing to insist that you are still best suited to lead because of your experience is itself a subtle form of white supremacy.

At the same time, we cannot allow political enemies of Virginia’s governor to call for his resignation over a photo when they continue themselves to vote for the policies of white supremacy. If anyone wants to call for the governor’s resignation, they should also call for the resignation of anyone who has supported racist voter suppression or policies that have a disparate impact on communities of color.

…In our present moral crisis, we must remember that real repentance is possible — and it looks like working together to build the multiethnic democracy we’ve never yet been.
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Two concepts that Iíve been thinking about a lot lately are guilt and responsibility.

When it comes to racism in America, I think that guilt and responsibility tend to be seen as more or less the same thing. But Iím beginning to understand how thereís a real difference.

As white people, are we guilty of the sins of our forefathers? No, I donít think so.

But are we responsible for them? Yes, I believe we are.
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In further Bernie-Madhoff Phenomenon news, I just got this from my dentist, after seeing it here!

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