WSJ editorial page thought today was the best day to declare that institutional racism no longer exists in the South pic.twitter.com/fCJVAynyNW
— Martin Gelin (@M_Gelin) June 19, 2015
“You could argue, of course, that there are no ghosts of the Confederacy, because the Confederacy is not yet dead,” wrote Brit Bennett in the New York Times Magazine. The Confederacy lives on partly in the form of the Confederate flag, which still flies at full staff on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol, because it is required by state law, and literally padlocked in place, neatly symbolizing what Ta-Nehisi Coates called “this cult of death and chains” in his call to take down the flag of slavery and racist murder. The New York Post editorial board agrees with Coates. Mitt Romney and President Obama both say it needs to go. Even Jeb Bush, who literally doesn’t know anything else, knows that it’s long past time to get rid of the Dixie flag. Lindsey Graham, though, thinks it’s “a debate that needs to happen,” as though that debate were’t conclusively decided in 1865. And of course Arkansas’s racist, bass-playing good ol’ boy Mike Huckabee, who never met a question he couldn’t find the wrong answer for, thinks that “it’s not an issue.”
Let’s keep Huckabee in mind, because Bennett also wrote that in the American imagination, “a white terrorist has no history, no context, no origin.” Indeed, Republicans are completely flummoxed at what would impel an armed white supremacist to murder black people. “…We’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another,” South Carolina governor Nikki Haley wrote on Facebook. Fortunately Twitter users @HenryKrinkle and @EMQuangel did some digging and spent $49 to find the Charleston killer’s website which contained the inevitable manifesto and press kit full of douchey internet-forum tough-guy selfies that accompanies every mass murder now. The manifesto helpfully tells us exactly how this killer was radicalized, citing the Council of Conservative Citizens as a major inspiration.
The CCC is what you get if you spell “KKK” with C’s. Past supporters include Trent Lott, Bob Barr, Ann Coulter and also (surprise!) Mike Huckabee, who played footsie with the CCC back in 1993. Roan Garcia-Quintana was a board member of the CCC before Nikki Haley appointed him to her reelection steering committee in 2013. Haley eventually, reluctantly, bowed to public pressure and forced him out. My point is: This is not a fringe group of racist kooks, but a very powerful and well-connected group of racist kooks who have been openly courted by power-seekers in the South and on the right for 30 years. And the leader of the CCC leaves no doubt about who he believes will advance his agenda.
— good-ass kinja (@sarahjeong) June 22, 2015
Internet trash factory Charles C. Johnson filed a defamation suit against Gawker, demanding a jury trial with what is almost certainly the first U.S. legal filing to include the phrases “good-ass kinja,” “shitting on the floor,” and “copulate with his wool sheep,” among many other gems. “I’m not an idiot,” clarified Johnson’s lawyer, in case someone mistook him for Johnson.
Other things that are objectively terrible: Wifey University (it’s what you would think, but more… bad). Yoga instructors displace “Asian girls” as the “trendy trophy women” of Hollywood’s “alpha men.” (This seems to be the Hollywood Reporter trying to compete with those Deadline Hollywood “ethnic casting” hate-clicks.) Making JSON into a programming language (just because you can do a thing doesn’t mean you should.) Brendan O’Connor (not terrible) wrote about Magnises (fairly terrible).
Some say Apple didn’t want
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— Slade Sohmer (@Slade) June 22, 2015
Things that aren’t terrible: Taylor Swift wrote a letter to Apple asking them to pay labels for the free three-month Apple Music trial period, and… they said O.K.! So that’s great! I would be really happy if I wasn’t so cynical that I half-believe this whole thing was a promotional ploy from the beginning. Politico’s Luke O’Brien did a very long profile of Mike Bloomberg and his eponymous company last week, and it’s a spectacularly good read. If you’re pressed for time, page 6 was my favorite, but it’s all very good. And NYMag’s Jesse Singal went to Philadelphia to check out the charges that Alice Goffman fabricated some of her book On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, concluding that she almost certainly didn’t, but it’ll be hard for her to prove.
I start drinking the minute I read the phrase “Apple’s swiftly tailored response” tomorrow
— Parker Higgins (@xor) June 22, 2015
Part of the purpose of the Tabs Internship is to let the interns bring in random things that have little or no relation to current events, because news is a depressing hoax–like one of those joke cans of peanuts, except instead of a snake springing out, it’s a reminder that you and everyone you’ve ever loved will die. So here’s Romy with some thoughts about Noah Baumbach movies:
I have somehow lived my life for almost 39 years without being aware of Noah Baumbach at all, so thanks for the news from my own adolescence, Romy!
Today’s Podcast: The last episode of Reply All had me near tears almost the whole time. It’s exceptionally good.
Today’s Song: Drugstore, “Gravity“
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