Go ahead, topple the monuments to the Confederacy. All of them. : The fall of a regime is often marked by the falling of monuments. On July 9, 1776, upon hearing the Declaration of Independence read for the first time, a mob of American colonists descended upon a statue of King George III in Bowling Green park in Lower Manhattan, tied ropes around the sculpture and pulled it to the ground. The lead from the statue was then turned into bullets and muskets in preparation for the Revolutionary War. Nearly 250 years later, the nation born from that revolution is embroiled in controversy over the toppling of a different set of statues. More than 700 monuments honoring the Confederacy, a failed attempt to secede from the United States for the purpose of maintaining chattel slavery, are scattered across the nation. Most were built in the early 20th century, when the terroristic practice of lynching was at its peak and the burgeoning civil rights movement was met with fierce resistance that would be maintained until federal intervention decades later.

Trump Makes Caligula Look Pretty Good : Even before the media obsession with Hillary Clinton’s email server put The Worst President Ever™ in the White House, historians were comparing Donald Trump to Caligula, the cruel, depraved Roman emperor who delighted in humiliating others, especially members of the empire’s elite. But seven months into the Trump administration, we can see that this comparison was unfair.
Google should not have given an outspoken engineer the sack : THE talk in Silicon Valley just now is as likely to be about sex as software. Women in tech firms feel badly treated. And they are right: they rarely get the top jobs, they are sometimes paid less than men and many suffer unwanted sexual advances. Most of their male colleagues sympathise; at the same time some feel they cannot express unorthodox opinions on gender. And they are right, too: they can easily fall foul of written and unwritten rules, and face drastic consequences.

2 Responses to What We Are Reading: 08/20/2017

  1. onevote says:

    While I hope Wisconsinites are intensely scrutinizing the Foxconn fraud proposal (Alberta Darling was on the shows cheerleading for it, looking and sounding more highly medicated than usual), the importance of labor law is usually marginalized. Virginia led the charge for Right-to-Work law nationally.

    When living in DC, I used to watch protests on my lunch time that wanted a particularly bad statue taken down–Albert Pike–located in Judiciary Square (where many of our labor laws are decided), right next to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Talk about slavery symbolism, folks.

    The Washington Post strangely would never cover this, and apparently still won’t.

    Albert Pike, the only Confederate officer to have a public outdoor statue (maintained by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior)in DC, was a founder of the Ku Klux Klan and their Chief Judiciary Officer. The statue was orginally erected in 1901 at the Scottish Rite Temple on 16th St., and moved to it’s present location at 3rd & D in 1977.

    Not something to commemorate, whether located in DC, Charlottesville, or anywhere.

    • Duane12 says:

      It boggles the mind to comsider where we would be today in terms of human rights and slavery had General Lee with Lt. Pike at his side accepted General Grant’s sword and surrender at Apppommatox court house.

      Are we not a nation still divided in two parts, one free and one whose many white and black citizens are enslaved?

      Do we still not have a country today which is divided of which one part is economically enslaved by a lack of a living wage and/or affordable or free health care for all citizens?

      We have a long way to go for all American citizens to be “free.”

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