Tag Archives: White Supremacy

UNC eyes new names for 3 buildings tied to white supremacy | Charlotte Observer

The Associated Press, April 10, 2021 12:43 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.

The University of North Carolina is eying new names for three buildings on its flagship Chapel Hill campus named for people with white supremacist and racist ties.The News & Observer reports that an advisory committee met Thursday to discuss potential names. The committee will select a list of names for the university’s chancellor to consider recommending to the board of trustees.

Source: UNC eyes new names for 3 buildings tied to white supremacy | Charlotte Observer

“Exterminate All the Brutes,” Reviewed: A Vast, Agonizing History of White Supremacy | The New Yorker

Raoul Peck’s four-hour documentary on HBO Max reveals the racist underpinnings of American national mythology and European society.

Drawing on archival material and the work of historians, the film distills the legacies of colonialism and racism.Photograph courtesy HBO

By Richard Brody, April 9, 2021

The new four-part series by Raoul Peck, “Exterminate All the Brutes,” that’s streaming on HBO Max belongs to an exceptional genre: it is, in effect, an illustrated lecture, or a cinematic podcast.

Which is to say that it’s an essay-film, a film of ideas, that are for the most part expressed by Peck himself, in his own voice-over, which nearly fills the movie’s soundtrack from start to finish.

The four-hour film is in the vein of Peck’s previous essay-film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” which focuses on James Baldwin’s work. “Exterminate All the Brutes” is similarly an intellectual effort.

And, like “I Am Not Your Negro,” it introduces and distills, from Peck’s own perspective, extant writings, this time by three historians who study colonialism and racism. Unlike the earlier film, though, the new one doesn’t offer much in the way of film clips from the writers themselves, and doesn’t (at least, doesn’t claim to) quote directly from their work. It is literally a film in Peck’s voice, and that strength, and that audacity, also gives rise to its artistic peculiarities.

Source: “Exterminate All the Brutes,” Reviewed: A Vast, Agonizing History of White Supremacy | The New Yorker

Statement on Confederate Memorials: Confronting Difficult History | National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Confederate Memorials debate reminds us that while we should always remember the past, we do not necessarily need to revere it.

Source: Statement on Confederate Memorials: Confronting Difficult History | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Editor’s note: For further reading, a few additional articles and sites:

War and Reunion – The Lost Cause in Southern Memory

Confronting Slavery and Revealing the “Lost Cause”

It’s No Longer About Southern Heritage. In Fact, It Never Was.