A conversation with classics professor James Romm about mortality, Stoicism, the ambivalent freedom offered by suicide, and his new book of Seneca translations, How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life (Princeton). Download this episode (right click and save)
Nine days striking isn’t the longest walk-out you will see. But, when you do that in defiance of the law, whoa, now that’s showing some spine. I kick off the podcast with a chat with the president of the West Virginia Education Association, Dale Lee, to get a read on what we can learn from the teachers’ victory. I, then, …
Standing in solidarity with the water protectors on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Coal River Mountain residents already fending off seven square miles of devastating mountaintop removal mining permits are planning a protest on Monday at the Department of Environmental Protection in Charleston, West Virginia against pending permits for a possible expansion of operations by formerly bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources. …
I grew up in the warm and humid latitudes of Puerto Rico. My homeland is in the tropical climatic zone so there are no stark seasonal differences in temperature like those found at lower or higher latitudes outside of the tropics. But from my childhood I recall a slight drop in nighttime temperatures around December—popularly known as the “aires navideños”, …
Calls to drop Confederate flag spread nationwide. This is nothing more than a safe, easy way to say you’re not racist while not doing anything about racism. Would anybody, Wal-Mart, South Carolina, Mississippi, NASCAR, anybody have even talked about that flag is nine people hadn’t died?
Here’s what the designer of two Confederate flags used during the Civil War had to say about their meaning:
As a people we are fighting maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.
Charleston Massacre: Vintage Americana
Activist and writer Kevin Alexander Gray lives in Columbia, South Carolina, not far from the Charleston church shooter’s home town, where “a Confederate flag on the bumper of a car is just as common as a stop sign.” It’s also where Dylann Roof learned that Blacks are constantly raping white women and trying to take over the nation, said Gray. “That kind of racist talk is as old as the relationship between Black folk and white folk in America.”
Black Church Needs to Beef Up Security
“This is an assault against the Black church and its members,” said Rev. Anthony Evans, executive director of the Washington-based National Black Church Initiative, a multidenominational coalition of Black churches across the country. Rev. Evans has gone South to advise coalition congregations “how to harden their church in terms of the safety of men, women and children. They don’t have to worry about this in a white church,” he said. “We only have to worry about this in the Black church.”
The Charleston Massacre: A Political Dilemma, A Political Windfall
A week after nine people attending a prayer and bible-study service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., were massacred by a 21-year-old white-supremacist gunman, the nation finds itself in swirls of predictable discussions about “race” and “racism.”
Leid Stories looks at how, in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, those discussions have little to do with actually ending white supremacy.
The Charleston Massacre: Solace, Solidarity and Lots of Sidestepping
An outpouring of concern and support for the jolted, grieving congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is helping to blunt the impact of the massacre last Wednesday of nine of its members, including its pastor, and wounding of three others at a prayer and bible-study meeting.
Dylann Storm Roof, 21, the alleged lone gunman, believes he struck a blow for white supremacy in America. (A 2,000-word “manifesto” posted on Roof’s website laments the inability of whites to keep African Americans, Jews and Latinos in check and maintain total control.) But “official” opinion—even by President Barack Obama—seems to disagree with Roof’s declaration of his motives. This was not an act of terrorism but of hate, the revisionists say, and the remedy urgently needed is gun control.
Leid Stories discusses their political sidestepping.
The Charleston Massacre: Playing with Our Minds and History
The massacre of nine members, including the pastor, of Emanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., two days ago during a prayer meeting has gripped the nation and prompted a wide-ranging discussions on how and why it happened.
But media discussions and reports generally are deliberately avoiding the historical context for the mass murders and uniformly are reporting the carnage as a “hate” crime.
Leid Stories explains how and why our collective reality is being distorted.