Why No Confederate Statues in Mexico

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Why No Confederate Statues in Mexico

The Civil War divides the United States. Millions, including the president, wish to maintain monuments to generals like Robert E. Lee. Referred to as “Knights” in Gone with the Wind,” some generals earned their bona fides by murdering blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans During the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847, Robert E. Lee fought children, Los niños heroes. Refusing to surrender, they were slaughtered.

Ishmael Reed’s reach is vast and varied. His take down of the billion-dollar show Hamilton and its designer Lin-Manuel Miranda is priceless, as are his searing critiques of the ‘Black Bogeyman’ scam and the one-at-a-time tokenism of an elite who chooses winners and losers among minority artists.

Reed “says what’s on his mind,” be it about Quentin Tarantino and Django, white nationalism or Donald Trump. At the same time his portraits of Amiri Baraka/LeRoy Jones and actor Oliver Clark are touching and many-layered.

About Why No Confederate Statues in Mexico
"Ishmael Reed is the purest literary troublemaker we currently have’ – The Buffalo News

About Ishmael Reed and his Work

That’s what I loved about Baldwin, something that I am inspired by about Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, Gwendolyn Brooks—they were all darlings of the liberal establishment, and they rejected that status, which meant they were pushed to the margins.” Cornell West

“Even nearer to [Colson] Whitehead’s derailment of antebellum history is Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada (1976).” Julian Lucas, New York Review of Books

“It was a ceremonial rite of some magnitude when the great American writer, cultural theorist, and musician Ishmael Reed played a jazz composition on the piano.”—Vogue, 17 Feb. 2019, coverage of Grace Wales Bonner’s London fashion show.

Table des matières

Table des matières
Why No Confederate Statues in Mexico 1
Contents 9
Introduction. To Exterminate or Extirpate 11
Why No Confederate Statues in Mexico 30
Part I. Land of Fluid Identities 35
1. The Berryessas and Peraltas, Descendants of the California Resistance 37
2. The Wrong Side of History. Who’s Next? Are Gays the New Blacks? 41
3. How I Became a Black Bogeyman and Survived to Tell the Tale 45
Part 2. Culture 85
4. Black Audiences, White Starsand Django Unchained 87
5. Is Boardwalk Empire Trampling the Legacy of Marcus Garvey? 93
6. Hamilton, An American Musical: Black Actors Dress Up like Slave Traders … and It’s Not Halloween 99
7. Hamilton: The Revolution. Brilliant Show. Bad History 107
8. Before the President There Was Mr. Tibbs 117
9. Personal Problems –Interview by Violet Lucca,March 30, 2018 121
10. Buried Alive 131
11. Mother Hubbard Goes to China 139
12. LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka and Me 151
13. Jazz Musicians as Pioneer Multi-Culturalists, the Co-Optation of Their Creations and the Reason Jazz Survives 169
14. Sex, Africa and Chinua Achebe 183
15My Oldest White Friend, Oliver Clark:From U.B. to Broadway and Hollywood 187
Part 3. Politics 195
16, Who Owns Black Opinion? 197
17. Fallacies of the Post-Race Presidency 207
18. Trump’s Anti-Black Animusand How the Media Armed His Hate 229
19. Using Immigrants to Shame American Blacks 233
20. Confessions of a Neighborhood Watch Captain 237
21. White Nationalism’s Last Stand 241
22. Trump’s Irish-Americans “Without Hearts” 247
23. Do American Jews Still Believe They’re White? 253
24 Why We’re Shockedby White Heroin Use 263
25. Amid Mount Rushmore Warriors, Why Not a lover: Warren G. Harding? 267
Part 4. Culture 271
26. A Fly On Nicholas Kristof’s Wall 273
27. Fly On The Wall – Bad Apples Bar 277
28. Fly On The Wall –Governor Huckabee Meets Beyoncé 281
Notes 285
Introduction. To Exterminate or Extirpate 285
2. The Wrong Side of History. Who’s Next? 286
6. Hamilton, An American Musical: Black Actors Dress Up likeSlave Traders … and It’s Not Halloween 286
13. Jazz Musicians as Pioneer Multi-Culturalists, the Co-Optation of Their Creations and the Reason Jazz Survives 286
16. Who Owns Black Opinion? 287
17. Fallacies of the Post-Race Presidency 288
21. White Nationalism’s Last Stand 290