5 Reasons To Say Bye to Lee’s Statue

“I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.”

Virginia put up a statue of a Confederate commander in 1890, just after the Civil War and preluding years of Jim Crow and Civil Rights opposition. After many recent protests, the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond is removed. I’m happy to hear this. Here are 5 reasons why: Continue reading

Blacksburgia webisode 25: White Scholars

White Scholars

A grad student becomes angry that the African American Heritage room in the student center is never occupied, except by white students looking for a quiet place to study.  She tries to stage a protest against this act of racial oppression.  A couple other students show up, but a miscommunication has led to the protest organizational meeting being held in a room that at the same time is occupied by a class on Anglo-Saxon language and literature that had to move from its normal meeting place.  The student views this as an act of white aggression, and doubles her efforts to protest white suppression of blacks.
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“Let me Axe You About Using ‘Axe'”

“I’m sorry.  Did you mean to say you ‘asked‘ me a question?  Because ‘axe‘ is something you chop wood with.”

Ever hear that one?  There is a reason I ‘axe‘ this question of you.

We commonly hear that saying “axe” when you mean “ask” is bad grammar, is a sign of ignorance.  Is this true?  And what does the use of “axe” say about a person?

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