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Poll: Majority of Republicans falsely believe Arizona ‘audit’ found fraud

A majority of Republican respondents in a recent poll wrongly believe that the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa county definitely or probably found evidence of fraud.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Extremists have co-opted patriotic symbols and words. It’s time to reclaim them.

Extremists have turned patriotic symbols and phrases into dog whistles for white nationalism, and if we want to turn this dark period in our nation's history around, we need to reclaim our patriotic symbols and norms and not relinquish them to authoritarians and conspiracy theorists.... Read more»

Analysis

Bans on critical race theory could have chilling effect on teaching about racism

Problems emerge in education when laws seek to control what teachers can say about whether a state or a nation itself was racist from inception, or whether the U.S. or any states sought to promote white supremacy through their laws.... Read more»

U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author

The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision — as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government.... Read more»

Analysis

Can patriotism and criticism coexist in social studies?

Americans argued over what to teach children about U.S. history since at least Reconstruction, the turbulent period that followed the Civil War, but as the nation has splintered along political and geographic lines, the fights have intensified and compounded the challenges facing social studies education.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Indigenous People's Day should stand for more than replacing Columbus Day sales

Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day, which is slowly happening around the country, seems appropriate, though it is hoped that this does not become, as Martin Luther King Day too often does, an excuse to put a little bit of spackle on the past and otherwise just a day off from work.... Read more»

Commentary

Stolen Picacho plaque honoring Confederate cavalry was missing historical facts

Stolen Confederate plaque at Picacho Peak misrepresented about actual history as part of a long-standing project to vindicate the Southern cause and perpetuate a certain narrative about who we are as a country and a state.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Confederate veterans are part of Arizona's history

Robert J. Johnson, commander of the Arizona Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, wrote this guest opinion in response to the commentary about Confederate flags in the Tucson Rodeo Parade submitted last week by Councilwoman Lane Santa Cruz.... Read more»1

Tucson Rodeo Parade to ban Confederate 'battle flag'; won't change color guard

The most familiar emblem of the Confederate army won't be allowed in the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade anymore, after a public outcry sparked by an op-ed by Councilwoman Lane Santa Cruz. But organizers said they won't eliminate another rebel banner from the color guard.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Santa Cruz: Confederate flags are why I refuse to walk in the Tucson Rodeo Parade

"The Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery, oppression, and white supremacy. Yet, year after year, the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee embraces the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and displays it with the color guard leading the parade." — Tucson Councilwoman Lane Santa Cruz... Read more»10

The way we were

Organizing Pima County's first government

In 1854, Congress approved the Gadsden Purchase, which transferred some 29,670 square miles, including what is now Pima County, from Mexico to the U.S. What was previously a remote and neglected frontier outpost of one nation was now a remote and neglected frontier outpost of another. ... Read more»

Gettysburg Address: 'It is for the living to be dedicated to the unfinished work'

The Gettysburg Address was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War, on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of a cemetery after Union armies defeated Confederate troops at the Battle of Gettysburg — the most severe battle in U.S. history. Read the complete text.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why the monuments to the Confederacy must come down

Following the horrific events in Charlottesville, where white supremacists showed up in a breathtaking display of hate, the focus has turned to the presence of over 1,500 monuments to the Confederacy, which litter public spaces throughout the South. Six are here in Arizona.... Read more»

Documenting hate

A stealth history lesson in Baltimore

The city’s removal of Confederate statues in the dead of night was Baltimore’s latest attempt to make peace with the ghosts of the Civil War. ... Read more»

Civil rights leaders want six Confederate memorials in Arizona removed

Local civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry.... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

GOP challenge to Tucson elections goes South, again

It didn't take Nostradamus to foresee an 11-judge federal court panel upholding Tucson's hybrid election system and cashiering Tucson Republicans' hopes for a court fix to their political woes. When it comes to equal protection, all Tucson voters are equally privileged or equally screwed, the judges ruled.... Read more»

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