Day’s End and Weekend Watch

I say things like this every time slavery or the civil rights movement comes up, and it sounds trite, but it’s kinda important to me personally to insist that the emancipation of slaves represented the emancipation of the entire South, and the slow struggle towards equality of all people is the slow struggle of Americans to hold a mirror to themselves formed of everything we say we believe. Juneteenth is important to us all, and so are the memorials to the people who died in Charleston yesterday.

Here are some remains of the day.

* At the Prospect, our friend and former intern Rachel Cohen has a fascinating piece up on the growing efforts of charter public school teachers to unionize.

* At the New Yorker David Remnick jarringly but accurately calls the terrorist attack in Charleston a “lynching.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Andrew Sabl links to an piece on differences between empirical political scientists and political theorists; us lay people always love a peek behind the academic veil.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen argues the case for making college accreditation reports public as an essential source of information.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses the role of journalists in dealing with the factual issues raised by the ever-sharpening and accelerating civil war between education policy advocates.

And in non-political news:

* Study shows eating fermented foods reduces anxiety. I’ve always found that to be true with fermented beverages.

That’s it for Friday. Nancy LeTourneau, who’s really been doing some good occasional work here during the week, will be in for Weekend Blogging. We’ll close with one more Juneteenth-appropriate song: “Oh Freedom” by the Princely Players.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.