"It is a spellbinding narrative,
a multilayered tale of murder, insanity, and mystery replete with shocking twists and turns. It is a startling pastiche of late-nineteenth-century characters, from the most elite figures of Austin society to the poorest African Americans. Yet amazingly, it is almost entirely absent from the annals of history." Before London had its Ripper, before H.H. Holmes had his Murder Castle, Austin, Texas had its very own Servant Girl Annihilator... [more inside]
posted by theweasel
on Aug 4, 2014 -
"DISCLAIMER: Rap Shirts for White People
can be worn by people of all colors, but in some cases, it may not be appropriate to wear them at all. Use your best judgment." [NSFTwerk]
posted by Rykey
on May 31, 2014 -
Why the students at one prominent South African university, once a model of racial harmony, chose to resegregate.
"UFS hadn’t remained segregated after apartheid’s end—it had integrated and then resegregated later. I wanted to know why the white students raised those ancient flags, and why the black students had left Karee. I uncovered a tale of mutual exhilaration at racial integration giving way to suspicion, anger and even physical violence. It seemed to hold powerful implications well beyond South Africa, about the very nature of social change itself. In our post–civil rights struggle era, we tend to assume progress toward less prejudice and more social tolerance is inevitable—the only variable is speed. But in Bloemfontein, social progress surged forward. Then it turned back."
posted by bookman117
on Jun 24, 2013 -
is now making a splash in London drawing a protest
from the hardline Islamic members of the British public. The protests featured such memorable slogans as "Freedom Can Go to Hell" and "Islam will dominate the world" and eventually forced Geers to change the location of his press conference.
On the ground interviews
conducted by Press TV
show the attitude of some of the crowd. British nationalists are naturally responding in kind
posted by Talez
on Oct 17, 2009 -
The Meaning of Box 722
. Letters to Senator Paul Douglas
of Illinois in reaction to the 1966 civil rights bill, particularly the federal ban on racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing. At the time, Chicago was the most segregated city in the north, with boundaries enforced by mob violence. By Rick Perlstein
, author of Nixonland
. When I started researching NIXONLAND I knew the congressional elections of 1966 would form a crucial part of the narrative. They'd never really been examined in-depth before, but by my reckoning they were the crucial hinge that formed the ideological alignment we live in now. Via Brad DeLong
posted by russilwvong
on Jun 5, 2008 -
Despite a sharp national decline in crime, American criminal justice has become crueler and less caring than it has been at any other time in our modern history. Why?
Former conservative economist Glenn C. Loury
on incarceration in America. [via]
posted by Sonny Jim
on Jul 20, 2007 -
I stumbled across a fairly controversial opinion piece concerning racial integration
it's fairly mild compared to some of the writers
. Never the less, his observations on this subject seem to hold up under scrutiny. With few exceptions, whites and blacks seem to prefer their own company, and as evidenced by these
, even young urban professionals seem happiest among their own race.
posted by Beholder
on Jan 13, 2003 -
a white man speaking black truths
After the California school shooting, ther had been a number of discussions and some links to the idea that blacks don't do school shootings. The article dealing with this issue elicited a huge response on-line by blacks to the piece, written by a whiteman. Here is how many blacks responded.
posted by Postroad
on Mar 21, 2001 -