Saturday, February 19, 2011

Parading Their Ignorance: The South Celebrates Jefferson Davis' Inauguration

Yeah, racists parading their ignorance in the streets fire those goddamn cannons here in Denver, too. But Denver gets assclowns celebrating Columbus and Manifest Destiny, while Alabama gets white supremacists celebrating Jefferson Davis' inauguration.

Again and again, these racist celebrations of someone else's subjugation rightly face being booed off the streets.

Go away, losers! You're on the wrong side of history - the hater side.
Across the South, the Civil War is an enduring conflict

By Rick Hampson, USA TODAY
By Stacy Pearsall, AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — With the firing of a cannon, the raising of the Stars and Bars and the singing of Dixie, people in antebellum finery will come Saturday to re-enact a most divisive moment in U.S. history: Jefferson Davis' inauguration 150 years ago as president of the Confederacy.

There will be a parade to the state Capitol along Davis' 1861 route, a landscape that since has become the Jerusalem of Southern memory — sacred to both the Confederacy and the civil rights movement.

The procession will start near the spot where, in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks boarded a public bus and refused to give her seat to a white man, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. It will go up the avenue where Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers completed the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. It will pass the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, the first congregation King served as pastor, whose parsonage was firebombed in 1956 while King's wife and baby daughter were there.

And it will come within two blocks of the old Greyhound station where Freedom Riders, trying to desegregate interstate bus travel, were beaten bloody by a white mob in 1961 as police stood by.

"The ironies are rich," says Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group, "and particularly ugly. This is a racist event, celebrating a government that stood on a foundation of slavery." Bernard Simelton of the Alabama NAACP likens the re-enactment to "celebrating the Holocaust."

Honoring Art, Honoring Artists

Hat tip, AK48.

Honoring Art, Honoring Artists
By JUDITH H. DOBRZYNSKI

WHEN the Denver Art Museum’s signature American Indian art galleries reopened last week after a seven-month overhaul, the biggest change wasn’t the new display cases or the dramatic lighting. Rather, it was in a less obvious place: the wall labels.

For the first time many of the works on display are attributed to individual artists instead of just their tribes. It is a revolution in museum practice that many scholars hope will spread, raising the stature of American Indian artists and elevating their work from the category of artifacts to the more exalted realm of art.

So the museum’s “Wild Man of the Woods” mask, made in 1900 and previously identified only as “Kwakiutl,” will be attributed to Willie Seaweed, a Canadian carver who died in 1967. In another gallery an exhibition of more than 30 pieces of pottery will celebrate the extraordinary skill of Nampeyo, a Hopi woman born around 1860. Other objects, thought to be the work of single unknown creators — like a selection of Navajo “eyedazzler” weavings dated 1885-1900 — will be grouped together with labels reading, “Artist not known.”

Art museums have collected American Indian objects for decades, but, like natural history and anthropology museums, they have tended to treat them as ethnographic pieces, illustrative of the cultures they came from. Wall labels have generally steered clear even of the “anonymous” designation commonly used for Western artworks of unknown authorship and in cases where Indian artists left signature marks — as Chilkat weavers of the Pacific Northwest long have, for example — this evidence has often been ignored.

Nor did the early collectors of Indian art care much about authorship. To cite one example, George Gustav Heye, whose collections form the core of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, routinely bought pieces without noting anything other than the tribe and date. But Nancy Blomberg, the curator of native arts at the Denver Art Museum, was determined to do things differently when she reconceived the galleries, choosing nearly 700 works from the museum’s world-class 18,000-piece collection. “I want to signal that there are artists on this floor,” she said.

Although some museums have made scattershot efforts to identify the artists behind pre-20th-century Indian pieces, the Denver museum has now embraced attribution more completely and comprehensively than any other institution. Ms. Blomberg’s message begins in the introductory panel, which celebrates the individual artists on the floor, and continues in the labels beside the artworks, for which she drew on her own work and the research of other scholars. With excitement in her voice she told of one recent discovery.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Arizona-style Immigration Bill to Die in Colorado

No surprise about this news. Anglos, thankfully, are a numerical minority in Denver. And the state of Colorado is currently shaded blue politically. To boot, the last time Washington tried to pass anti-migrant legislation, over one hundred thousand people turned out in the streets of Denver to protest. This crap never had a chance in a community as politicized as ours is.

Give it up, haters. Colorado doesn't want you.

Arizona-style immigration bill to die in Colo.
Feb 9, 2011 2:00pm

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado lawmaker sponsoring an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration says he's backing off the effort because he worries it would cost taxpayers if it is challenged in court.

Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he plans to ask fellow lawmakers to effectively kill the bill.

The measure would have allowed police to arrest illegal immigrants without warrant if law enforcement had probable cause to believe they were in the country illegally. It also would have required immigrants to always carry their documents and made it illegal for undocumented immigrants to work in Colorado.

Baumgardner said some aspects of the bill "could be construed as unconstitutional," leading to legal challenges. He said he doesn't know whether he'll bring the proposal back another year.