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Month: October 2019

The Remove the Stain Act

The Remove the Stain Act

This past June a congressman from Washington state named Denny Heck introduced the “Remove the Stain Act,” which would rescind “each Medal of Honor awarded for acts at Wounded Knee Creek on December 29, 1890.” This may be old news for many of you, but I have wanted to write about the bill for some time. Deb Haaland and a Republican from California named Paul Cook co-introduced the measure, which was promptly referred to the Committee on Armed Services, where…

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I Read Donald Trump’s Columbus Day Proclamation So You Don’t Have To, 2019 Edition

I Read Donald Trump’s Columbus Day Proclamation So You Don’t Have To, 2019 Edition

And it is pretty much what you would expect from a President who is watching as his associates are arrested, and as impeachment comes ever closer. Whichever flunky in the White House the Chief of Staff tasked with writing this year’s proclamation merely took last year’s work, changed a few words here and there, added some details and deleted others, and probably cranked it out in five minutes. After “a perilous, two-month journey across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean,” the Proclamation…

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You Have No Excuse for Ignoring Indigenous People’s Day

You Have No Excuse for Ignoring Indigenous People’s Day

If we replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, are we guilty of engaging in partisan “revisionist” history?  Are we doing something that is unsavory, disrespectful, or mean?  American history, of course, is being revised all the time in scholarship, but also in the streets, in public spaces, and at sites of commemoration. A Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park with bloody hands: like a torn-down Confederate monument, or the Oñate monument’s missing foot, these acts of vandalism are, at…

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