Post-Racial America

Mississippi’s Goddamn Racist Flag Is History

Governor signs bill retiring current flag with Confederate emblem.

Mississippi has finally accepted that the Civil War is over and the Confederacy lost, as losers do.

Gov. Tate Reeves, who's not just a Republican but a white man named “Tate," signed a bill Tuesday that will retire the last state flag to bear the standard of white supremacists and traitors. Black folks have learned to live with the former in places of honor but don't make us endure both.

The state legislature passed the bill Sunday but I reserved my celebrations. A lot can happen in a few days. South Carolina, after all, declared its intent to secede from the Union just three days after Abraham Lincoln was elected.

But the bill reached Reeves's desk and Mississippi remains intact, perhaps more united than ever or at all.

From CNN:

"This is not a political moment to me, but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together to be reconciled and to move on," Reeves, a Republican, said before he signed the legislation.
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SD Gov. Kristi Noem Will Not Be Social Distancing For Mt. Rushmore Fart-Lighting Party With Trump

A good bleeding was good enough for the Founders.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who has actively resisted promoting public health in her state, made clear that this Friday's Independence Eve event at Mt. Rushmore will not indulge in the anti-American practice of socialist distancing, because whether one chooses to spread a deadly virus is a matter of individual choice. As NBC News reports, Noem says if anyone thinks infectious diseases are infectious, they can just miss all the fun. On Monday's edition of the "Laura Ingraham Caucasian Butthurt Hour" on Fox News, Noem explained,

We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we'll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing.

State officials have told the people of South Dakota "to focus on personal responsibility," said Noem, adding, "Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they're comfortable with."

It's a pretty weird take on "personal responsibility," since in this case if people make bad choices, it's other people who suffer, but freedom to spread respiratory droplets is what America is all about, isn't it?

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17 Cover Songs That Are Better Than The Originals! Tabs, Tues., June 30, 2020

June goes out like a Tabs!

Rashad West is the Minneapolis, Minnesota, restaurant owner whose surveillance footage proved Derek Chauvin was a lying murderer. West might've also helped change the world. (Level Magazine)

The Trump administration's “religious freedom adviser," Mark Kevin Lloyd, is a gross Islamophobe. You're shocked, we're sure. (Politico)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he'll cut $1 billion from the New York Police Department's budget. They'll have to cut back on the Shake Shack runs. (NBC News)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp doesn't want to mandate that Georgians wear masks. He still wants to be the cool dad. But he will go on a “wear a mask" tour, where we presume he'll demonstrate not spreading COVID-19. No word yet on the opening act. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The world was never laughing at America, as Donald Trump claimed in 2016, but now it pities us. (CNN)

The Rolling Stones doesn't want Trump using the band's songs at his hate rallies -- not even "Sympathy for the Devil." (Vulture)

Hugh Jackman sings Sympathy for the devil (Viva Laughlin)

JK Rowling deleted a tweet praising Stephen King after he expressed his support for trans women. Rowling better watch herself or King will put her in his next book. (She's not surprisingly a fan of Misery.) (The Independent)

Renee Gorham is taking over the Portland, Oregon, restaurant group Toro Bravo after her husband, John, directed disturbingly aggressive Facebook messages to a trans woman of color. He'd earlier wanted to get all “vigilante" after some of his catering vans were tagged with graffiti. (Please note this was before the George Floyd protests.) (The Oregonian)

The New York Times discovered at least 70 people who died in police custody after saying, “I can't breathe." That's just in this past decade. More than half were Black. Outside is America.

An elementary school principal in Denver, Colorado, lost her job because she discriminated against an eight-year-old Black student. (Denver Post)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer think it's high time for a new coronavirus relief bill, as the coronavirus isn't giving us any relief. (Washington Post)

A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 14-year-old boy was wounded during a shooting in the CHOP protest area in Seattle, Washington. Police Chief Carmen Best believes the police "need to be able to get back into the area." (Seattle Times)

Broadway will remain closed through 2020. We're gonna need to end this on a cheerier note. (Playbill)

Chicago: Ann Reinking & Bebe Neuwirth (1997)

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Cops Behaving Badly

Bill Barr Wonders Why Anyone Even Cares About Cops Killing Black People

Not that he'd ever cherry-pick his stats.

Attorney General William Barr sat down for an interview with National Public Radio that aired Thursday. Most of the headlines focused on his insistence that he's not using the Justice Department to help Donald Trump's friends and hurt his enemies, his continued insistence that "Antifa" is doing terrorism, and his baseless claims that voting by mail would result in massive fraud (it would not). But we were struck by Barr's weirdass answer to a question about police killings of Black people, in which he essentially said it's not really a problem at all, because "Black-on-Black crime" and Blue Lives matter.

Rebecca assigned me to go chase down some rabbit holes on this one, so I did. My conclusions: Bill Barr is dishonest, the primroses are over, Fiver needs anti-anxiety meds, and this damn seagull keeps trying to get me to invest in a musical about Hitler.

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