Wednesday, July 01, 2015
In the aftermath of the white supremacist terrorist attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina the news media was flooded with pictures of the young terrorist Dylann Roof desecrating the American flag while proudly waving the battle flag of the Confederacy, which forced the country to once again confront this dark page in American history and ask the question why do people believe myths about the Confederacy and refuse to accept the fact that the flag is a symbol of hate and the war was fought over slavery. According to James W. Loewen, a historian, author, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont it’s because our textbooks and historical monuments are wrong and that as soon as Confederates laid down their weapons, they picked up their pens and began to distort what they had done, and why they had done it. James joins me today to talk all about the myth of the Confederacy which he wrote all about in the Washington Post today. You can also follow James on twitter.
Joining me today to further discuss the Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality ruling that declared same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States is Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the author of Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial. Previous to the ruling Gay and lesbian couples could marry in only 36 states and the District of Columbia, however the court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage and treat all their citizens equally. You can also follow Kenji on twitter.
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