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The Confederate Flag over the South Carolina capitol was taken down this morning

Another reason to be happy today. This morning, at dawn, a filmmaker and activist by the name of Brittany ‘Bree’ Newsome, scaled the flagpole in front of the South Carolina capitol and took down the Confederate flag that has flow there since the early 1960s. Newsome, a North Carolina activist, can be heard in the […]

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Promising to remove the Confederate flag is good first step after over 50 years, but let’s not be so quick to praise the people of South Carolina

It looks like the Confederate flag, which has flown over the state capitol in South Carolina since 1962, a year after Alabama Governor George Wallace raised it on the grounds of the state legislature in Alabama to signify his dedication to the principles of segregation, may finally be coming down. Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s Republican […]

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How many people would it take push down the Confederate flag over the South Carolina Capitol?

Originally, I was thinking that we could just swarm the flag with a hundred drones outfitted with razorblades, operated from nearby vans. And I still like the visual of the Confederate flag being shredded to ribbons as police officers tried unsuccessfully to knock the drones from the sky with rocks. The more that I think […]

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Last night’s racially motivated killings in Charleston

It was reported last night that six women and three men had been shot to death at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The victims, who were all black, had been attending a bible study meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, when a young white man entered and took a seat among […]

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Justice Department and ACLU discuss the return of EMU’s Huron mascot with President Martin to no avail

In early May, I interviewed Michelle Lietz and Chris Sutton of Eastern Michigan University’s Native American Student Organization (NASO) about the University’s decision, despite their objections, to reintroduce the “Huron” – EMU’s controversial Native American mascot – which had been retired in 1993 in favor of the less offensive, and more appropriate, eagle. At that […]

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