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1 Mad Prophet Ludwig  Thu, Feb 17, 2011 10:38:02am

This is an amazing post. Really good to read. Is that your blog?

2 Michael Orion Powell  Thu, Feb 17, 2011 10:46:42am

re: #1 LudwigVanQuixote

The article was actually originally posted at a hip hop website called Dr. Jay’s. I was there looking for music videos by the rapper Yelawolf. I run a hip hop blog called Blood Is One and I reposted the article there. I do post stuff like this regularly at Blood Is One and we try to approach music and culture critically and intelligently. You can also buy music through the site, which is pretty awesome. =D

3 Charles Johnson  Thu, Feb 17, 2011 11:04:49am

Small criticism - the image in the post was hotlinked to another site, which is never a good idea. That’s why I removed it, because website owners get pissed off when you do that. There was also a lot of weird, useless HTML code in the post - looks like it was copied and pasted directly from the source code on that page.

Please check for these things before posting. It’s a very good post otherwise!

4 What, me worry?  Thu, Feb 17, 2011 11:27:59am
Calling Forrest a historical figure, Barbour went on to say, “I don’t go around denouncing people.”

Of course he doesn’t. The GOP wouldn’t put their necks out to take a stand if it means alienating their own racist base.

Why our very own Speaker of the House wouldn’t come out and say the Birthers are crazy and Obama is a Christian.

Name one Republican who told their constituents to stop saying it.

Barbour is a man for all people, by golly. Well, for all white people anyway.

5 Slap  Thu, Feb 17, 2011 12:42:03pm

It’s a good question.

From Look Magazine, January 1956 and January 1957, note the details within the articles. Look at the terminology used by the interviewees and subjects of the stories. Read about both the blatant and the subterranean attitudes.

Remember that this is “only” 50 years ago.

The laws and opportunities have changed, for sure. Sadly, I hear echoes of the words and attitudes every day. Sometimes, observing the political ridiculousness around us, I’m startled by how similar some of today’s rhetoric sounds to this 50 year old tripe.

This episode is a deep, abiding stain on Mississippi that doesn’t seem to get entirely eradicated. Clearly, it won’t be denounced by the guv.

Emmett Till: The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi (Look Magazine, January 1956)

What Happened to the Emmett Till Killers? (Look Magazine, January 1957)

I understand that this was a different world, a different time. I don’t understand how the changes in our world and lives in the last half century haven’t eradicated the attitudes that still exist.

For anyone unfamiliar with this disgusting episode, I recommend these articles.

6 Michael Orion Powell  Thu, Feb 17, 2011 3:13:17pm

re: #5 Slap

It’s a good question.

From Look Magazine, January 1956 and January 1957, note the details within the articles. Look at the terminology used by the interviewees and subjects of the stories. Read about both the blatant and the subterranean attitudes.

Remember that this is “only” 50 years ago.

There was an interview on the Alyona Show with a writer from the American Prospect who points out that 150 years - let alone 50 years - is really not that long ago. It’s less than two full life times.

7 Slap  Fri, Feb 18, 2011 7:20:17am

re: #6 OrionXP

That’s right up my alley, actually. I try to take a long view of things, and I agree about time passage.

Here’s one — less than a century ago, the world’s nations (with a few significant exceptions….!) were still primarily ruled by hereditary monarchies. Try and wrap your head around that one — it still boggles my mind to think of how NEW our world picture really is.

8 Michael Orion Powell  Wed, Feb 23, 2011 1:17:45am

re: #7 Slap

That’s right up my alley, actually. I try to take a long view of things, and I agree about time passage.

Here’s one — less than a century ago, the world’s nations (with a few significant exceptions…!) were still primarily ruled by hereditary monarchies. Try and wrap your head around that one — it still boggles my mind to think of how NEW our world picture really is.

Yeah, and current events in the Middle East really make the case for universalism and people across the world desiring all the same things.


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