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Recent Readings for Dec. 20, 2015

December 20, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Dec. 20, 2015

• “Devils, Deals and the DEA: Why Chapo Guzman was the biggest winner in the DEA’s longest running drug cartel case.” In 1992, the Drug Enforcement Agency decided to dismantle a Mexican drug-running organization known as the Arellano Félix Organization, or AFO. One supervisor estimated that the task could be completed in six months; ultimately, however, the agency pursued the case for nearly two decades. David Epstein examines the long-running probe, looking at how and why it left a number of loose ends that still haunt some of the men who worked the case.

• “Now Louie Gohmert and Fox News will mansplain Planned Parenthood: The new lie right-wing men can’t stop pushing.” Peter Dreier describes the life and career of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, whom conservatives are fond of calling a eugenicist and a racist, despite her ties to black progressives and civil-rights leaders. Sanger (1879–1966) was the sixth of 11 children:

Her mother, Ann, was a devout Catholic and the strong and loving mainstay of the family. When she died from tuberculosis at age fifty, young Margaret had to take care of the family. She always believed that her mother’s many pregnancies had contributed to her early death.

Sanger longed to be a physician, but she was unable to pay for medical school. She enrolled in nursing school in White Plains, New York, and as part of her maternity training delivered many babies — unassisted — in at-home births. She met women who had had several children and were desperate to avoid future pregnancies. Sanger had no idea what to tell them.

• “What Kind of Person Calls a Mass Shooting a Hoax?” Six-year-old Noah Pozner was one of the 26 victims of the shooting. His parents, like relatives of all the victims, have tried for the past three years to refute skeptics who claim that President Obama or his cohorts faked the massacre in order to become what gun-rights activists like to call “gun grabbers.” Mike Spies profiles a prominent Sandy Hook truther, Wolfgang Halbig, who insists that the Dec. 14, 2012, killings at a Connecticut elementary school were staged.

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Here’s an intriguing possible new name for Washington’s football team

June 4, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
June 4, 2014

A couple of months back, I wrote a lighthearted post suggesting some possible new monikers for the National Football League franchise in Washington, D.C.; I refuse to use the current name because many consider it to be a racial slur. Some of the suggestions in my piece more serious than others.

The other day, I happened to stumble upon an article penned by Clinton Yates on The Washington Post’s website. Yates was raised as a fan of the Washington football team, but a few years ago, his father announced that the team’s nickname and image would be banned from the family’s household.

Yates was initially shocked by the declaration, which seemed to him to be an abrupt turnabout on the part of his father. But Yates came to agree with his dad’s point of view, which boiled down to this: “We don’t propagate racist imagery in this household.”

I mention this not so much to share that anecdote but to spread the word about a suggestion for an alternative team name that Yates favors. Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, has proposed calling the team the Washington Americans.

I’m not yet convinced that the Americans is the best of all possible replacement names. But there are a few reasons why this name works well, including the fact that it’s not a racial slur.

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Would that which we call ‘the R–dsk–ins’ play as badly with any other name?

April 6, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
April 6, 2014

A recent controversy centered around the Twitter hashtag #CancelColbert, which was a reaction to a skit and tweet from Stephen Colbert’s satirical TV news program, “Colbert Report,” which was prompted by Daniel Snyder founding the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which in turn was — deep breath here! — a response to the ongoing controversy over the name of Snyder’s NFL team, which many people (myself included) take to be a vicious slur.

Personally, I would love to see the name changed. But I don’t own the team; the owner is Snyder, who has proven to be a reprehensible human being (not to mention a lousy NFL owner, at least when it comes to fielding a winning team). And it’s Snyder’s right to keep or replace the name as he pleases.

Unfortunately, the immensely stubborn Snyder has declared in no uncertain terms that he will never change the franchise’s name. So while I applaud and sympathize with those who protest the name, and while I tend to avoid using the team’s moniker, I don’t plan to expend much energy calling for a change.

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