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Ransoming a Confederate Monument

Apr 7, 2021 • View in browser
Good morning. ⛅️ Today, how Ancient Romans exoticized foreigners, an anti-racist group stole a Confederate monument from a Selma cemetery, and reviews of Laura Aguilar and Ben Sakoguchi.
— Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief

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A stone chair dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy, has been taken from the Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama (image by and courtesy White Lies Matter)
A stone chair dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy, has been taken from the Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama (image by and courtesy White Lies Matter)
  • An anti-racist group stole a Confederate monument from a Selma cemetery, pledging to turn it “into a toilet” unless the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets its demands.
  • The BIPOC documentarian collective Beyond Inclusion drafted an open letter to PBS condemning the public broadcaster’s lack of diversity and overreliance on Ken Burns.
  • A long-neglected park in the Bronx, New York, has become the center of a dispute between a group of local artists and the city’s park authorities. 
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