Tag Archives: the south

The North Carolina Coup: This is what happens when voter suppression stops working

I don’t know how well it’s being covered by the television news, but, at this very moment, there’s a coup underway in North Carolina, as the Republican legislature, which was ostensibly called back to the capitol for a special legislative session to deal with the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, started passing bill after bill intended […]

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9 Lessons learned in Savannah

I spent the week before last in Savannah, GA, visiting my parents. Here are a few of the things that I learned while there. 1. PAULA DEEN LOOKS TERRIBLE… Before leaving Michigan for Georgia, I gave some thought to what, if anything, I’d do if I were to find myself within shouting distance of Paula […]

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Talking boudin, crawfish and Burger King milkshakes with Southern Foodways Alliance oral historian Amy C. Evans

I had the occasion a few months ago, when doing some research into “the ham of my people” (country ham with redeye gravy), to stumble onto the work of Amy C. Evans, the award-winning, Mississippi-based oral historian of the Southern Foodways Alliance. On a whim, I sent her a random collection of questions, and, as […]

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Voter Suppression efforts could determine the election

As I don’t think I’ve written about voter suppression efforts on the part of Republicans for a few months, I thought that it was time to revisit the subject. Here’s what’s happening in a nutshell. Like it or not, America is becoming more diverse, and the white males that form the base of the Republican […]

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Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee, side by side on my piano keyboard

Today I learned, much to my dismay, that there are states that, not being able to opt out of the federal Martin Luther King holiday, have chosen to celebrate the birthday of slaveholding Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the same time. And before any of you write in to tell me that, in spite […]

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