Monthly Archives: January 2018

Barry’s Blog # 230: The Flag and the Hummer – How We Display Ourselves, Part Two of Two

Then came the Hummers (and improbably yet predictably, stretch limousines built out of Hummers), which finally won the status battle, being the largest, heaviest and most wasteful of all, with the bonus factor of having military associations. Indeed, the invasion … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 229: The Flag and the Hummer – How We Display Ourselves, Part One of Two

Can you remember what public life was like in those first days and weeks after the tragedy of 9/11/2001? You know, back before the beginning of the longest war in American history. I’m thinking of how expression of our reactions … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 228: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part Four of Four

Part Four: Fifty Years Later Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in April of 1968 marked the end of the Civil Rights movement. What has changed since then? Few would deny that significant, fundamental transformation has occurred in American race relations … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 227: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part Three of Four

Part Three: Conflicting Images of the Other in the South Q: What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? A: I don’t know and I don’t care! The old joke comes close to explaining the stunning combination of racial animosity and … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 226: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part Two of Four

Part Two: Red, White and Black Genocide of the Native Americans (the outer Other) created two problems for the white imagination, and for its economy: it didn’t leave enough survivors to be identified as Other, and it didn’t leave enough … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 225: The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth, Part One of Four

Part One: The Mythological and Psychological Background  Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…   – Billy Holiday From the … Continue reading

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