I recently found out about efforts by the Texas General Land Office and the Alamo Endowment to “reimagine” the historic Alamo in San Antonio. As a longtime Texas resident, I was initially skeptical of this proposed project. The state, generally speaking, does a poor job of preserving its historic sites and does not prioritize state… Continue reading Reimagining the Alamo
The verdict is in: Americans won’t tolerate hate. This slogan, or some version of it, is all over social media as individuals and organizations respond publicly to this past weekend’s tragedy in Charlottesville, VA. Like the overwhelming majority of Americans, I was sickened by the cruel attack on pedestrians that resulted in an unnecessary and… Continue reading Stop the Hate? Responding to Charlottesville
I just finished reading Go Set a Watchman (plus some reviews of it) and I don’t know what to do with myself!
Today I ran across a great article from The Atlantic about racism and the American welfare system. The author’s point is that the individual states are in control of which of their residents receive welfare benefits (called TANF—Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and those with substantial non-white populations tend to be more stingy with them.… Continue reading Racism and Welfare in America
One of the long-term consequences of Dylann Roof’s brutal attack in Charleston, SC back 2015 has been a reevaluation of the place of Confederate monuments and memorials in the Southern states. In the weeks following Roof’s attack, attention focused on Confederate flags still flying at Southern state capitols. The Southern Poverty Law Center began taking… Continue reading Where Have the Historians Gone?
Earlier today MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosted Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss his new book, Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government. Released yesterday, the book is Lee’s fourth since he joined the US Senate in 2011. If the title isn’t enough of a hint, then a cursory glance at Lee’s… Continue reading Federalism, Canassatego, & Sen. Mike Lee
Despite some startling revelations about it this past fall, the recent Baylor University sexual assault scandal seems to have dropped from the media radar. And yet I forgot…until I came across an older rape scandal at Baylor.