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Do White Americans have a “Great Death”?

November 7, 2013


Nearly every ethnic group has a “Great Death.” By this I mean catastrophic loss of more than human lives.  This expression comes (in translation) from the Yup’ik Eskimos and refers to their “Great Death,”  the aftermath of diphtheria, influenza and disease that decimated southwestern Alaskan villages after initial contact with Russian Orthodox and Moravian missionaries […]

Connections between Wisconsin and the Emerging East

March 8, 2011


The transcript from the interview that aired March 2, 2011 on Rally for the Republic is below. The two-part MP3 from the interview on March 8 on KYNT can be heard at the website for the book. Dr. Redd, Do you claim that there is a connection between the protests in Tunisia and Egypt and […]

What happened in the 1670s and 1830s—and is happening again today: How economic exploitation is connected to racial identity.

February 22, 2011


Written February 22, 2011 in response to discussions in Contemporary Social Problems and The Sociology of Whiteness at Arcadia University and to the protests in Madison, Wisconsin Howard Zinn’s “Persons of Mean and Vile Condition” from The People’s History of the United States (1995), takes its evidence from “primary documents” from 17th century Colonial America. […]

Interview with David Leonard of KYNT December 7, 2010

December 7, 2010


Hear me call Warren G. Harding, a “bonehead,” invoke Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria and say why Thomas Barnett would be pissed off if he heard this interview. Below are my notes (not a transcript, but my talking notes) from my interview on December 7, 2010 with David Leonard,
 news director
 of radio of […]

After Another Anniversary of September 11, 2001

September 14, 2010


The flailing of non-nation actors and entities should not be confused with national policies. Leaders and public intellectuals must reinvent global political order that continues to privilege nations as the most promising political structure but also identifies what a legitimate nation is or is not. Doing this may mean building on what is sturdy and useful in the institution of the constitutional democracy and discarding what is too rigid or fragile.

100 Miles from Ground Zero – Roadside Politics Photographed After September 11th , 2001

September 11, 2010


Residing 100 miles west of ground zero, I felt the wave of reaction wash over me and I recorded part of it - hand lettered or hastily posted signs through which people could express how they felt and could comfort one another and comfort themselves. Rather than succumb to feeling completely helpless, these writers posted their brief thoughts. What was my purpose in recording and presenting these messages? There is much wringing of hands over the lost voice of the ordinary person, subsumed in a sea of more polished, or at least more orchestrated and more widely disseminated information and media. Part of my purpose is to celebrate that common voice, which seems very strong and clear in this instance. This photo essay is about public display - and yet it pertains to all of our private responses, as well.