Political poetry for our times, by Skip Tenczar
3 is the limit of meals when on a diet,
And 3 kids playing are rarely quiet.
The trilogy and triptych,
Are used by the artistic,
But in Florida, 3 people constitute a riot!
Part 1: Infrastructure: What is it? How do we improve it?
We have a conversation with Bob Hennelly about how to define infrastructure: We can talk about roads and bridges, but if we truly want to discuss infrastructure, we should talk about what things make life possible and easier for the citizens of the US. Tha means we should talk to the mayors of the country, who understand this. This means we should be talking about community well being. What kinds of factors affect community well being? What should be the role of police in that context? What kinds of long-term consequences do we incur when we ignore these?
Bio: Bob Hennelly is a long-time reporter about public-sector unions and public service.
Part Two...a conversation with the author Karen Cox, about the problem of NO COMMON GROUND when discussing confederacy and confederate monuments.
Bio: Karen L. Cox is a Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has written several books about the history of the confederacy, and has studied the attitudes of many white southerners to monuments of the confederacy.
We discuss the attitudes of many white southerners about the confederacy, and their veneration of the “lost cause,” which does not acknowledge that it is truly lost. Their narrative is that the civil war was a struggle to assert states' rights, rather than to perpetuate human slavery. In building monuments to the leaders of the rebellion, they are honoring the men who fought to perpetuate slavery. The Confederate battle flag even now is used as a tool of intimidation. They rewrite the narrative to justify their denial of that reality. In that way, they are very like Trump in his denial that he lost the election.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AND THE ONGOING FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
by Karen L Cox
ON background: A chronicle of the effort to erect and protect or remove Confederate statues or other monuments.Cox, a historian of the American South, estimates that several hundred monuments to the Confederacy exist in cemeteries, town squares, and other public spaces, and many have faced political and legal challenges in recent years. In this engrossing social history, the author writes that while these memorials began with an impulse to remember the dead, the United Daughters of the Confederacy soon began using them to promote the so-called “Lost Cause” view that in the Civil War, the South fought not for slavery but for states’ rights. Cox follows changes that have occurred since Reconstruction in the stances of friends and foes of the monuments, including Black activists whose opposition grew during the civil rights era and gained further momentum during recent protests centered on Confederate battle flags or statues of Robert E. Lee in cities such as Charleston, New Orleans, Charlottesville, and Richmond. The author argues that such monuments and symbols, like flags, are not harmless throwbacks: “They are weapons in the larger arsenal of white supremacy, artifacts of Jim Crow not unlike the ‘whites only’ signs that declared black southerners to be second-class citizens.” For such reasons, Cox makes an implicit case for removing monuments from publicly funded spaces without reconciling that position with her view that monuments are “essentially, a local problem” and decisions about them should be made by “a cross-section of community stakeholders.” She suggests no compromises that might work if residents of a community disagree on removal—there may be “no common ground” among people for whom monuments represent “competing visions of history.” Nonetheless, this clear and thorough account, essential for Southern libraries, is likely to become a standard reference work on its subject.
A well-documented history of Confederate monuments and the conflicting views they inspire.