Atlanta book reviewer Idgie at Dew on the Kudzu has posted her take on Brambleman: This book has great amounts of historical information in it, which will appeal to many, and that little element of supernatural, which turns it into a nice fictional book with surprises throughout. A little bit of something for everyone! Check out her full review.
Police say that a group of “masked radicals” descended on a suburban Chicago restaurant and attacked a meeting of white supremacists, resulting in several injureies and at least five arrests. Apparently the attack was extracurricular to protests during the NATO summit being held in Chicago. Read more.
From the Arizona Republic (azcentral.com): A federal court judge on Tuesday imposed a 40-year sentence on a White supremacist who was behind a 2004 bombing that seriously injured Scottsdale’s diversity director. A jury found Dennis Mahon, 61, guilty in February of conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosives, malicious damage of a building by means of explosives, and distribution of information related to explosives. Read more.
The conservative media have locked onto the issue of black-on-white crime, and it’s pushing it this election season. Is it racist? Is it accurate? Who cares? They’re running with it anyway! McKay Coppins over at Buzzfeed has written an excellent (and must-read) piece on the issue that looks at this phenomenon and the politics behind it. He writes, “The conservative media’s in-your-face reporting of black-on-white crime is a sort of demonstration project — a rebellious response to decades of fielding charges of racism from the cultural elites who run the mainstream press.” Sadly, I doubt that those people who so gleefully press this issue understand or care about the nation’s sordid history of overreporting (and fabricating) black-on-white crime to justify foment a real war of racial suppression that…
There was a big celebration in Atlanta this weekend in honor of civil rights icon and former Congressman/U.N. Ambassador/Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. A great man. A great life. Happy Birthday. Mr. Young. Biography.
The Huffington Post has an interesting roundup piece on evidence recently released in the Trayvon Martin case. Some of it bolsters George Zimmerman’s claim that he was severely beaten the night he shot and killed the unarmed teenager. And while there were traces of THC (marijuana) in Martin’s system, Zimmerman was taking prescription medications: Adderall (a stimulant to control ADHD) and an insomnia medication. Read more. An autopsy report on Martin was also released. Click here for coverage.