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The Irrational Racism Of Theodore Roosevelt

It’s not just current politicians who have spoken in code to appeal to sentiments favored by the KKK. Theodore Roosevelt used the meme of One Country One Flag One Language so habitually that he eventually began to roll the ideas out automatically without realizing the absurd inconsistency of demanding loyalty against foreigners while insisting on the use of a language of foreign origin. [...]

The Audacity of Rope: Revenge Fantasies against an Uppity Black

No, I’m not going to give you a link to the web page selling that sticker: I don’t want to give it the Google juice it so desires. You can find it for sale, though, right alongside bumper stickers reading “Tea Party Militia,” “Romney: Don’t Quit on Mitt,” “Molon Labe!,” “WWJDD: What Would Jeff [...]

The Know-Nothings of the 1800s and the No-Mosquers of the new millenium

Steve Wessler asks two important questions in Wednesday’s Portland Press Herald:

The Ku Klux Klan has deep Christian roots. Would Americans rise up in anger if a Christian group proposed to build a church near the site of a Klan killing?

In 1856, a period of intense anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States, a mob [...]