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1992 Film Highlights (Unchanging?) Faces of Racism in North Texas

Spent part of my lunch hour watching a 1992 documentary short (H/T DMN) called Hate Mail by Dallas filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Bart Weiss. Birnbaum was behind a documentary about the decline of the Dallas Morning News and a promotional film for the Super Bowl XLV charitable efforts. Weiss is the force behind Dallas VideoFest.

Back in the age of analog video, the two of them teamed up to produce a film that used hate mail that Bob Ray Sanders then used to read on his KLIF radio show as the jumping off point for a look at racist attitudes in North Texas.

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When Does Our Confederacy Conversation Target Street Names in Oak Cliff?

I don’t need to say it: in the wake of the Charleston shooting, there has been a lot of talk about the Civil War and what the various ways in which we remember, honor, or commemorate its history say about a legacy of racism in America. Alabama has removed a Confederate flag from a memorial at the state capitol. There are calls to take down a Jefferson Davis statue in Kentucky. Dallas’ Lee Park has come under scrutiny. I could go on.

At this point in the conversation, the momentum seems to point towards a gradual, though thorough washing-out of Confederate memorials throughout the nation. But how far will it go? How sublimated do references or symbols of the Confederacy have to be before they are deemed inappropriate? Statues and flags are one thing, but what about the more subtle reminders.

I found myself wondering this driving down oh-so-topical Davis St. in Oak Cliff.

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Is SMU Human Rights Professor Secretly a Nazi Freak?

And in today’s edition of bizarre-as-hell lawsuits, the Observer has the court docs filed by a former Southern Methodist University professor who claims she was fired in retaliation for trying to blow the whistle on Rick Halperin, the founding director of the university’s Embrey Human Rights Program. Patricia Davis, the professor, says Halperin was having sex with students […]

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Leading Off (4/1/13)

Kaufman County DA and Wife Gunned Down: We’re only beginning to scratch the surface on this one. But some, such as Forney Mayor Darren Rozell, are already drawing connections between the killing of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, and the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse two months ago […]

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Bedford Rep’s Chief of Staff Raked For Racist, Homophobic Writing

Over on Burnt Orange Report today, there’s a quick piece on Tony McDonald, the chief of staff for State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, of Bedford. In it, McDonald is taken to task for a history of racist, homophobic writing. Let’s tackle the racism first. From a 2008 blog post: “Where are literacy tests when we need […]

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Richardson Man Sued in ‘Revenge Porn’ Case

A Richardson man is being sued for his role in the website, a “revenge porn” site that allows users to upload photos and videos of their ex-lovers in an attempt to embarrass and, in some cases, extort. The man, Kris Kronowski, is listed in a class-action lawsuit filed last week in Orange County; he is listed […]

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Former Texas GOP Head Cathie Adams: ‘Barack Hussein Obama Has Got to Have a Teleprompter Because He Fried His Brain on Drugs’

According to Wikipedia, “Cathie L. Adams (born 1950) is a homemaker from Dallas, Texas, who is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.” There are many, many strange things on Wikipedia. That intro is, somehow, not the strangest thing that will likely soon appear on that page. According to Right Wing Watch, a […]

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Dallas Private Schools Tagged With ‘Obama 666’

Two Far North Dallas private schools were spray-painted with the phrase “Obama 666” this week, the Morning News reports. The schools – Ann and Nate Levine Academy, and All Saints Catholic School – sit less than a mile apart from each other off Frankford Road. Police do not have any suspects at the time, but should probably […]

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Hardin County GOP Official: I Hate Vermont and the “Maggots” Who Reelected President Obama

From the Star-Telegram’s Bud Kennedy: One party official from Southeast Texas calls for — not secession — separation. “Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?” writes Hardin County Republican treasurer Peter Morrison, a Ron Paul supporter and author of a race-heavy Tea Party newsletter. “Let each go her own way,” he writes, […]

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