Slave Taxes, Race and Class

Wanted to share a fascinating article on the lasting imprint of slavery on Alabama’s revenue system and structural fiscal problems.

Key takeaways for me:

First, obviously slavery was a huge part of the Southern economy — indeed the US economy — and as such it played a huge role in state taxation. As the article notes, in the mid-1800s slave taxes accounted for more than half of state revenue in Georgia and nearly half in Alabama. You’d be hard pressed to find a closer tie between race and tax policy. (more…)

The Civil Tube: Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?

In a new book titled, “Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” author Thomas Frank takes aim at the Democratic party and the discord between its rhetoric as a party of the marginalized and working class and its leadership — a wealthy, wall-street oriented, elite class of individuals — who are in no way connected to, or interested in, the struggles of its base supporters.

Recently, Thomas Frank sat down for an interview on PBS Newshour. Watch below.

Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates: On #Reparations (Video)

Ta-Nehisi Coates did an interview with Bill Moyers last week discussing his recent cover story for the Atlantic Monthly. If you haven’t read the article yet, you need to. The Case for Reparations is a magnificent article that gracefully discusses racism, housing discrimination and the struggle for economic security in the African-American community. The interview is long, clocking in at over 24 minutes, but it’s worth every minute. Let me know what you think in the comments. 

Coming Soon! Coates: The Case for Reparations

The cover story for this months Atlantic is penned by writer and race commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates. The title? The Case for Reparations. For those who don’t know, reparations is the concept of back pay or some other type of remedy to former enslaved peoples.

The article drops tomorrow. Watch the trailer (yes, there’s a mahfuckin’ trailer!) below. There’s a short pre-release commentary over at the New Republic, if you’re interested. Coates will also be speaking with Bill Moyers about the article on Friday.

14 Tips for Surviving A Lesbian Encounter

meetingalesbianFeministing recently posted a hilarious list of tips for surviving your first encounter with a lesbian. The guidelines seem to date back some 25 years to a women’s studies class at the University of Michigan. (Click on the image to enlarge)

However, many people still have no idea how to interact with lesbians. That’s why I think it’s time for an update.

While some items on the list are productive “don’t assume she’s attracted to you,” by and large it’s a pretty ridiculous collection of suggestions. It offers a lackadaisical approach to dealing with lesbians that could result in personal harm or even death.

You see, what most don’t realize is that proper etiquette is not only respectful but crucial to your safety! So, taking a page from the How Stuff Works website, I present “14 tips for surviving a bear lesbian encounter.” (more…)