Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed?

I hope we piss off the right people by changing these words,”  Early James said before Marcus King and his band got rolling alongside him. James went on to deliver a version of the Band’s song with enough key lyrics altered to transform it from an elegy for the Lost Cause to a forceful argument for leaving those lies in the dirt.

Source: Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed? – Rolling Stone

Police: ‘Umbrella Man’ was a white supremacist trying to incite Floyd rioting 

A masked man who was seen in a viral video smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker “Umbrella Man,” is suspected to be a member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang seeking to incite racial tension in a demonstration that until then had been peaceful, police said.

I’m shocked. (sarcasm mine)

Source: Police: ‘Umbrella Man’ was a white supremacist trying to incite Floyd rioting – StarTribune.com

GOP Insiders Fear Kamala Harris Could Be the Next Obama 

Rattled by her deft vivisection of Joe Biden at the last debate, Republicans wonder how Harris might do against a real villain like Trump. “She doesn’t come across as a nutjob,” worries one GOP operative.

Wait … you’re worried because she might advocate for health care for all?  Or, maybe bring back our world-standing dominance?  You’re worried only that she might eviscerate Trump?  Got it. I almost forgot “power” is all with which you’re concerned.

Source: GOP Insiders Fear Kamala Harris Could Be the Next Obama | Vanity Fair

My Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis 

He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.

Source: My Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis | by Barack Obama | Jul, 2020 | Medium

John R. Lewis, front-line civil rights leader and eminence of Capitol Hill, dies at 80 

“I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life,” he said in a statement. “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”
Rep. John R. Lewis

Source: John R. Lewis, front-line civil rights leader and eminence of Capitol Hill, dies at 80 – The Washington Post

Petition Launched to Replace Columbus Statue in Minnesota With One of Prince 

“Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish Black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational”

Hang on, tough children … we can get behind this.

Source: Petition Launched to Replace Columbus Statue in Minnesota With One of Prince | Consequence of Sound