Recommended reading

💻 I first heard of the massacre of blacks in Tulsa just a few years ago. I was blown away, not only because something like that happened in the United States, but because for the first five decades of my life I had no idea it had happened. Why was it not taught in school? Pete Saunders takes a long view of the massacre, its place in United States history. Read The Last Word on the Tulsa Race Massacre, And the American Context of Urban Racial Violence

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💻 J. P. Cavanaugh tells the story of a manufactured food that the astronauts ate, which you could also buy at the grocery store. Read Space Food Sticks – Because Space is Awesome

📷 A great thing about following photobloggers from around the world is that I get to see places I would never get to see otherwise. Mike Connealy lives in New Mexico, where the Yerba Mansa are in bloom. If you’re all like, “the what?” then click through to see. Read Yerba Mansa

📷 Most cameras look like cameras. Occasionally, one comes along that doesn’t. Mike Eckman reviews one, a 35mm camera that takes half-frame images. Read Fuji TW-3

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9 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    We’ve been bombarded by information about the Tulsa Race Massacre for a few years now, many in-depth and a task to wade through, but Pete Saunders has a great three minute “take” here and worth the read! The systematic destruction of black successes by jealous whites has been a little reported phenomena of racial relations in America for years.

    When I lived in Indianapolis, acquaintances of mine had a magazine shop with a small shop publican. One of the issues had a story about Indianapolis in the ’60’s, sweeping through and leveling one of the black business and residential districts, under the auspices of “urban renewal”, and in many cases condemning and leveling properties without paying the owners! Not hard to believe in a state that had the largest registered Ku Klux Klan population, larger than most southern states! What is hard to believe is that this was in the 60’s, already after Vel Phillips became the first black alderman in Milwaukee and started her push for fair housing!

    As an interesting ancillary to this as well, when I worked for PBS National in Washington D.C., I saw a documentary of Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, a vaudeville performer that started one of the few black oriented resorts, so black people could enjoy the type of vacations open to whites. The “nub” of the doc was as integration improved, it meant the end for many black owned businesses that had been serving their communities in black districts, since before WWII. An interesting viewpoint and a decent “watch” if you can stream a copy!

  2. I was surprised this morning when I checked my blog that there had been a respectable number of visitors. That was explained when I made my daily visit to your blog and saw you had mentioned my yearly pilgrimage to see the blooming Yerba Mansa along the Rio Grande.

  3. I was not born in the USA, so my knowledge of history is meagre. What I know of the Tulsa massacre of Black Wall Street was said to me by my US “born and raised” child who learned about this in Advanced Placement US History and from watching the HBO series, , The Watchmen. Why isn’t this taught in “regular” US history?

    • I haven’t been in school since the mid 1980s so I don’t know what’s taught in schools now. I just know that in my day, this wasn’t.

    • When I was in regular and Advanced Placement history classes in the late-1960s, we did not hear or read about Tulsa – or even that we placed Japanese Americans in internment camps in WWII. I hope instruction now is more honest. People who are ignorant of their past are doomed to repeat the most egregious wrongs. Just look at the prison camps set up for immigrant children by the previous administration.

  4. It is really interesting how history is written by the victor, always leaving out what might bring shame. Here in my country, history also turns out be quite different to what I was taught at school, and the acceptance of a corrupt and violent colonial past is proving to be a challenge to some. Hopefully the next generation might be a little better educated and much more accepting of others….

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