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Don't Defend Democracy With Half-Truths About the Past

Brook Thomas History News Network
Myths about the founders and President Grant cannot restore legitimacy to a democracy in the wake of a second presidential impeachment and acquittal and facing competing demands to unify the country, rebuild the economy and address racial injustice.

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The Labor Movement We Need to Win the Future We Want

Tanya Wallace-Gobern and Steven Pitts The Forge
Unions must root out the racism within their ranks, then leverage relationships members have in their own communities and focus on transforming the lives of workers, both inside and outside the workplace.

What Should Replace Confederate Statues?

Christian K. Anderson The Conversation
As part of America’s reckoning with its oppressive past, the nation now faces the question not just of what statues and other images should be taken down, but what else – if anything – should be put up in their place.

Poultry and Prisons: Toward a General Strike for Abolition

Carrie Freshour Monthly Review
If the work of abolition is not only about stopping prisons, but also about imagining a future in which we win, then people cannot be released from prisons only to be put on the streets or to premature disability at the poultry factory.

The Story Behind the Lee Statue in Richmond, Virginia

Peter Rachleff The Progressive
Since the May 25 murder of George Floyd, the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia, erected in 1890, has been a focus of protests, graffiti, and public pressure calling for the removal of this offensive symbol of Confederate aspiration.

Friday Nite Videos | June 19, 2020

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Amber Ruffin Shares a Lifetime of Traumatic Run-Ins With Police. Carnegie Hall Live: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi. Fox News’s Law & Order Experts. Lynchings and Racial Violence During Reconstruction. The Tulsa Race Massacre: Then and Now.
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