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16 DAYS UNTIL JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE
Zak Cheney-Rice at The Intelligencer writes—The Never-ending Coup Against Black America. Historically, “recovery” tends to look a lot like betrayal.
The last time I visited my grandparents’ hometown, I was researching an article about lynching. In 1918, a white mob tore through Valdosta, Georgia, and the neighboring county and murdered at least 11 Black people, including Mary Turner, who was eight months pregnant and found suspended by her ankles and disemboweled. My cousin is a history buff and offered to show me around. Crossing town in his pickup truck, we drove down a leafy street where, according to local lore, the mob went door-to-door looking for a Black man accused of killing his white employer and allegedly shot residents who failed to disclose his whereabouts. The goal of my story was to investigate a personal connection. One of the lynch mob’s victims, Eugene Rice, shared my family’s name and was hanged less than 20 minutes from where my maternal grandmother grew up. “You see that house over there?” my cousin asked, pointing next door. “The lady who lives there, they say her great-uncle was in on it.”
There’s a lot that feels unprecedented about today’s electoral crisis in Georgia, and there’s earnest concern that we may never recover from Donald Trump’s damage to democracy. On December 5, the president went to Valdosta to engorge his ego, prattling on for close to two hours before a crowd of roughly 10,000 fans about imaginary voter fraud. […]
It’s significant that Trump’s campaign to subvert democracy, by invalidating so basic a precept as a citizen’s right to have their vote counted, is unfolding in a place where basic rights for Black people are already invalidated as a matter of routine. What is the history of Black Georgia but a testament to the precariousness of Black people’s ability to participate in public life? What are the ways they have been selectively punished in their efforts to secure those rights but a brand of racial fascism, a slow-burn coup unfolding across centuries? […]
THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READING
- ‘Under Capitalism, You Sell Your Body for the Right to Live’, by Thomas Neuburger. The innovation here is “sell.” Under capitalism, the latest iteration of systemic inhumanity, one is allowed to sell oneself or die by choice in destitude, whereas before, the “sale” was not a choice. You were simply taken and used.
- The Bungled Vaccine Rollout Is a Bad Omen, by Kate Aronoff. America’s disastrous response to COVID-19 is an unsettling preview of how it might respond to the climate change crisis.
The Collectible Coins That Celebrate the Dark Side of American Policing, by Jacob Rosenberg and Dave Gilson. Challenge coins have become the dirty currency of the warrior cop.
TOP COMMENTS • RESCUED DIARIES
“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.”
~~John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—President Obama making recess appointments to labor board, against braving GOP outrage:
President Obama is making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in addition to his appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. […]
This is huge: Without these appointments, the NLRB would have been down to two members; it cannot make decisions without a three-member quorum. Republicans were determined to block Obama’s NLRB nominations to shut down the board and prevent it from being able to pass rules like its recent moves streamlining union elections and requiring employers to put up posters informing workers of their existing legal rights.
Obama’s decision to recess appoint both these NLRB members and Cordray to the CFPB doesn’t just put qualified people into the government—it enables the government agencies themselves to function.
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