SOURCE: NY Times
by Jamelle Bouie
The president, channeling his hero Andrew Jackson, continues to champion a particularly virulent form of reactionary white majoritarianism.
Alisse Theodore points out that women first became politically active in the fight against Andrew Jackson’s genocidal Indian Removal campaign
They tried to prevent the Trail of Tears.
by Richard J. Morris
Both men won the presidency in part through racist rhetoric and actions.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
The cheerleaders, representing Greenfield’s McClain High School, held up a banner after traveling to the game against the Hillsboro Indians that read, “Hey Indians, Get ready for a Trail of Tears Part 2.”
SOURCE: Compton Herald
On Sunday, 17 bicycle riders gathered around the monument at New Echota south of Resaca and began retracing the route their ancestors were forced to make in the summer of 1838.
SOURCE: National Public Radio
A Seminole named Polly Parker organized and led an escape from federal troops more than 150 years ago.
Steve Yoder is a frequent contributor to The Crime Report. He writes about criminal justice, immigration, small business and real estate. His work has appeared in The American Prospect, Good, The Fiscal Times and elsewhere. Spring means that appeals for money are bursting forth from both major political parties. It also means Democratic officials in states and counties around the country are busy getting people out to their major fundraiser, the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. And they’re bringing in the big guns: Vice President Joe Biden will keynote the South Carolina Democrats’ dinner tonight.But after an election in which Democrats rode a wave of minority support to keep the White House and Senate, party activists should wonder about one of the founders for whom that event is named. If branding matters, then the tradition of honoring perhaps the most systematic violator of human rights for America’s nonwhites should finally run its course.
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