Barry Spector's Blog – August 2014 Archive (5)

Barry’s Blog # 101: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus — Part Three

Over time, literal sacrifice became somewhat socially unacceptable. Legal executions, which had long been well-attended, public, outdoor events, went indoors after the Civil War. Government gradually came to the consensus that public ceremonies of state cruelty were not fit for decent folk. At the same time, lynching incidents increased dramatically, coming to a head in the 1890s, but lasting for generations. Eventually, even Southern politicians grudgingly accepted that the practice was…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 27, 2014 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 100: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus — Part Two

Sociologist Calvin Hernton wrote in 1966 that the image of the black sexual beast was so extreme in the mind of the racist that he had to eradicate it, yet so powerful that he worshipped it:

In taking the Black man’s genitals, the hooded men in white are amputating that portion of themselves which they secretly consider vile, filthy, and most of all, inadequate…(they) hope to acquire the grotesque powers they have assigned to the Negro phallus, which they symbolically…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 25, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 99: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus — Part One

Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Andy Lopez – these are the well-known names. But to really understand America’s myth of innocence, we must see these tragedies in the proper perspective. Every 28 hours, an African-American or Latino is shot dead by a police officer, a security guard or a self-appointed vigilante (…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 22, 2014 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 98: America is Coming to Help! — Part Two

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Just let me get elected, and then you can have your war. – Lyndon Johnson

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was built on a foundation of lies. Contrary to what President Johnson claimed, there was no unprovoked “act of aggression” against the American destroyers that had been provocatively patrolling the area, and a second alleged incident never even took place. 

But the Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 11, 2014 at 8:49am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 97: America is Coming to Help! — Part One

Part One

I laughed to myself…Here we go. I’m starting a war under false pretenses. – James Stockdale, flying over the Gulf of Tonkin, August 1964

August 10th. This month we note many anniversaries. Thirty-nine years ago Wednesday, Congress passed the voting Rights Act. Forty years ago yesterday, Richard Nixon resigned. August 28th is the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington.

But today’s anniversary…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 10, 2014 at 4:06pm — No Comments

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