'A no-brainer:' Robert Lee IV says take down the statues of Robert E. Lee
Another Robert Lee says it’s time for Confederates to surrender to the Union again.The Rev. Robert E. Lee IV, the great-great-great grand-nephew of Civil War general Robert E. Lee, told ABC News that statues of rebel leader like his late uncle are worshiped like “idols of white supremacy and racism” and they need to go.“This is a no-brainer,” Lee said.The Methodist reverend admits that he grew up with a Confederate flag on his bedroom wall and celebrated his namesake’s place in history. Now, Lee says, the stars and bars that represent the Confederacy — which Mississippi’s governor committed to...
New York Daily News
The selling of an American rebel: Owosso barber markets his renegade story
OWOSSO, Mich. — The crowds are gone from Karl Manke’s barbershop. Their money is not.Manke, who is also a novelist, is selling books by the case, he said. T-shirts with his likeness are fetching $42.Five GoFundMe fundraisers have received more than $88,000. A coffee mug proclaiming him “America’s Barber” may join the growing inventory.When Manke reopened his shop in defiance of a state quarantine order in May, he traded one title for another. A mainstay of small-town America became the face of a revolution.As the main foil to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, their fight could be billed That Woman From M...
The Detroit News
What to stream: Celebrate Pride Month with these picks
June is Pride Month in the United States, timed to celebrate the birth of the American LGBTQ rights movement, which burst out of the underground on June 28, 1969, during a rebellion at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, where patrons fought back during a police raid. It has been an eventful Pride month already, with Pride celebrations canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the continued protests of the Black Lives Matter uprising. There have already been many highs and lows: In the same week two black trans women were found murdered, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling received critic...
Tribune News Service
Will Bunch: From Minneapolis to broken streets of Philly, the 'human capital stock' has finally had enough
America’s biggest week of rebellion and social unrest may have been sparked by the agonizing to watch police-custody killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but if you’re one of the many folks looking to understand why so many corners of our nation are covered with charred ashes and broken glass, it also helps to roll the tape back about 12 hours.It was the morning of Memorial Day — as the United States was struggling to honor the humanity of its war dead amid the numbness of 100,000 more dead from the coronavirus — when Team Trump sent the president’s top economic adviser, Kevin Hassett, onto...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Age of resistance: How a virus riled up Michigan and spawned a rebellion
DETROIT — When the enemy came, no one was ready.Bodies piled up and fear took over as a deadly virus invaded.But as the pathogen ruthlessly killed, human resistance grew — not to the virus, but to the government’s orders to lock down the state to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading.Two months into the pandemic and with almost 52,000 infected and nearly 5,000 dead in Michigan, the state is in the midst of a rebellion as a growing number of people are defying and protesting the governor’s stay-at-home order, either out of anger, frustration, devastation — or sheer boredom.Moms have started...
Detroit Free Press