Georgia’s most famous runaway slaves: William and Ellen Craft

I remain appalled at the “content” (or rather, the lack thereof) taught in Georgia’s 8th grade classrooms about the state’s history—and especially the short shrift its deep and rich African-American history receives. Of course, the same can be said for the nation’s classrooms during Black History Month. (Why February? Comedian Chris Rock once said, “Because it’s the shortest month.”) There would be no need for such a thing as Black History Month if African Americans’ story had been told properly and effectively all along, but that didn’t—and hasn’t happened—so here we are. Well, here’s something. When I worked on my father’s book, this story—which I’d never heard before—jumped off the page at me. I was so enthralled by it that I later wrote…

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Secession? Not again!

Maybe Obama is like Lincoln, after all.  I hope they don’t adopt this flag. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Following President Barack Obama’s re-election, residents of more than 30 states have signed petitions asking to secede from the union. Georgia, with one notable secession under its belt, is among them. By Wednesday, the Georgia petition online at whitehouse.gov soared past the 25,000 signatures needed to prompt an official White House response. The petition asks that the onetime 13th colony be allowed to create its “own new government.” Ah, Carumba. Read more.  

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Simmer down, folks

I saw a Youtube video of an Oklahoma TV weatherman giving out driving directions to Canada for disgruntled voters. Romney took the state with more than tw0-thirds of the vote. That was kind of funny, but people need to simmer down. From Talking Points Memo: The re-election of President Obama last week was just too much for some conservatives to handle. Although the doomsday pronouncements of the past four years have yet to materialize, some Americans couldn’t help themselves from freaking out over the news that the president will be here for one more term. TPM  lists “the six most bizarre reactions” to Barack Obama’s victory:  Obama’s Hired, But You’re Fired Burying Gold On The Ranch Riots And Racial Slurs Four More…

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Jokes about going to hell don’t always end well

The Reverend Joseph Lowery got in a kerfuflle when he spoke to a Forsyth (Monroe County) Georiga group last week and found himself feeding the conservative media its daily dose of outrage.  It’s not that big a deal, except that this is a political season, and Reverend Lowery is rather prominent, being a legendeary civil rights figure and having spoken at President Obama’s inauguration. I can tell you as a professional smartass that you know you’re in trouble when you have to explain a joke–especially when you have to call a press conference to do so.  Here’s the story, as told by Jim Galloway of the The Atlanta Journal-Constituion.  

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This review kind of blew me away

Wow. This review—broken down with separate sections for plot, dialogue, characterization, etc.—is by far the longest, most comprehensive critique of Brambleman that I’ve seen. I appreciate the time and effort Melinda Le Baron spent on it. She writes: Brambleman is a book with a lot of imagination, a lot of history and a lot of thought put into it. The author has previously written factual historic texts regarding racism in the South. This is his version of prose—a poor, beleaguered white newspaper editor and writer who marries into the absolute wrong family, and the events that transpire because of it. They live in the Atlanta, Georgia of today, but to God, time doesn’t matter at all.  Read more and find out what I mean.…

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