Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Relevant Reads for Wednesday, June 17

Two of the articles here were shared with me over the weekend, both being relevant to current events. The third is my own.

Photo: Angelo Cozzi. Public domain.
(L to R on podium: Peter Norman, Tommie Smith,
and John Carlos.)
A Life Informed By A Lynching
https://www.startribune.com/a-life-informed-by-a-lynching/571226292/
Michael Fedo, author of The Lynchings in Duluth, wrote a superb opinion piece that was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It begins, "I wrote the book about the Duluth lynchings that took place 100 years ago this week. Some people thought the event didn't need to be revisited. Some people probably do still."


The Ox-Bow Incident and Fake News, A Cautionary Tale
https://medium.com/@ennyman/the-ox-bow-incident-and-fake-news-a-cautionary-tale-f56a3d49758d
I wrote this in 2012 in response to social media "virtual lynching." In light of the current upheaval in the streets, it remains relevant.
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The White Man in That Photo
https://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/the-white-man-in-that-photo/?fbclid=IwAR0VaNWtLHJjMUJlrjiUFfoKBT30BzigO3RBNjuyADu3FJzJBMzD4pEzI2E#.Xtz_hyZAayk.facebook

Many times we see something happen but never fully understand it. During the 1968 Olympics, two American medal winners lifted their fists in a Black Power salute. The repercussions were severe, but few if any of us were aware of the role that white Australian played, or the price he paid as well. Peter Norman was a white man from Australia, a country that had strict apartheid laws, almost as strict as South Africa.

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2 comments:

Laura Leivick said...

The events are echoed in the eternal present of Desolation Row. "They're selling postcards of the hanging ... the circus is in town."
-LL

Ed Newman said...

Thanks for the add-on reminder.
e.