Monthly Archives: August 2014

Barry’s Blog # 101: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus, Part Three

Over time, literal sacrifice became somewhat socially unacceptable. Legal executions – which had long been well-attended, public, outdoor events – went indoors after the Civil War. Government gradually came to the consensus that public ceremonies of state cruelty were not … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 100: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus, Part Two

Sociologist Calvin Hernton wrote in 1966 that the image of the black sexual beast was so extreme in the mind of the racist that he had to eradicate it, yet so powerful that he worshipped it: In taking the Black … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 99: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus, Part One

Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Andy Lopez – these are the well-known names. But to really understand America’s myth of innocence, we must see these tragedies in the proper perspective. Every 28 hours, an African-American, Native American or Latino is … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 98: America is Coming to Help! — Part Two

Part Two Just let me get elected, and then you can have your war. – Lyndon Johnson The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was built on a foundation of lies. Contrary to what President Johnson claimed, there was no unprovoked “act … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 97: America is Coming to Help! — Part One

Part One I laughed to myself…Here we go. I’m starting a war under false pretenses. – James Stockdale, flying over the Gulf of Tonkin, August 1964 August 10th. This month we note many anniversaries. Forty-nine years ago Wednesday, Congress passed … Continue reading

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