It's staggering to think there are still too many Americans, including Donald Trump, who are willing to attach their names and their privileged white faces to the defense of statues and flags honoring Confederate commanders who committed treason against the United States.

(Cover photo by Bob Cesca: The Virginia Monument, Gettysburg, PA.)

The Banter Long Read: The violation was known as "vagrancy." If you were a black man in the South following Reconstruction, and you were unable to show proof of employment on-demand to the police, you could be arrested and delivered into what Douglas Blackmon, author of Slavery by Another Name, called "Neo-Slavery"... Word count: 2139

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