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U.S. Grant isn’t necessarily a hero in New York City

11:08 am Aug. 31, 2017

If you want to engage in a little cultural schadenfreude this morning, cast your eyes toward New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised a review of public monuments that one critic is already calling “McCarthyism of a reverse sort.” From today’s New York Times:

Ulysses S. Grant — commemorated in at least two statues in Brooklyn and a monumental tomb in Upper Manhattan — issued an order

Hank Aaron speaks up for Colin Kaepernick

10:40 am Aug. 24, 2017

Word began leaking out on Wednesday, but Roland Martin has now posted a YouTube video in which Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron comes to the defense of former San Fransciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team this spring and remains unsigned. Aaron implied that he’s among those who

Kennesaw questions ban on local control of Confederate monuments

9:36 am Aug. 22, 2017

The city council of Kennesaw, a community that once built its identity around its role in the Civil War, voted 4-to-1 on Monday night to ask the state Legislature to revisit a 2001 state law that stripped local governments of the power to determine the fate of Confederate monuments in their midst.

At the heart of the matter is a local memorial featuring the Confederate battle emblem. From

Kennesaw to debate Confederate symbolism as a damper on economic development

9:33 am Aug. 21, 2017

The city of Kennesaw will take up a resolution this evening asking the state Legislature to reconsider a state law that prohibits local governments in Georgia from removing or relocating the Confederate memorials in their midst.

The Confederate battle emblem currently flies in the city’s Commemorative Park, though it was removed last week. City officials blame vandals. From Shaddi Abusaid of the Marietta Daily Journal:

Yvette Daniel, an Army veteran