Politics · Racism

Stop the Hate? Responding to Charlottesville

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

American History · News Media · Politics · Racism

Where Have the Historians Gone?

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?

American History · Politics · Racism

Why the Populists Still Matter Today

On Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough and Ana Marie Cox of MTV News had a back-and-forth about whether a recent Trump campaign video is anti-Semitic. (See the exchange here, “New Trump ad criticized as anti-Semitic by some”). Anti-Semitic or not, Trump’s message is definitely a populist one—language of exclusion, reform-oriented, focused on economic conditions undermining… Continue reading Why the Populists Still Matter Today

American History · News Media · Politics

Rachel Maddow on Reconstruction

I don’t usually watch The Rachel Maddow Show but I happened to catch part of it last night. Maddow spent about 15 minutes reviewing some basic history of Reconstruction culminating in a discussion of the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which criminalized conspiracies to intimidate voters in federal elections. The Klan Act is currently the… Continue reading Rachel Maddow on Reconstruction

Christian Voters · Politics

A Note on the Difference between Words and Deeds

When the Access Hollywood tape hit the news a week ago, Donald Trump’s first reaction was classify his language “locker room talk” that was substantively different than action of such kind. His reminder about the difference between words and deeds is appropriate in this case, and indeed across the board in this election. Of course,… Continue reading A Note on the Difference between Words and Deeds