Josh Marshall

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Here is some news which is altogether of the moment but which I had missed. In fact, from what I can tell it’s received relatively little news attention at all beyond Richmond – and not terribly much even there. A state commission in Virginia is planning an anti-slavery monument which will be built in downtown Richmond, specifically on Brown’s Island. So far, nothing terribly remarkable. But one of the 10 figures to be honored in the monument is Nat Turner, who led the largest and deadliest slave rebellion in United States’ history in 1831.

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Yesterday I wrote about what I called President Trump’s ‘weaponization of military sacrifice,’ how he transmutes the guilt, admiration and vicarious horror of loss into rage at dissenters. I focused on a tweet Trump RT’d with a photograph of a Marine veteran who’d lost his legs in combat. Allegra Kirkland found retired Marine Staff Sgt. John Jones, the man in the photograph, and asked his reactions to being pulled into President Trump’s attacks on the NFL and players who protest.

Courtesy of the White House, here’s a photo (below) of a dinner President Trump held yesterday at the White House with what the White House press office called “grassroots leaders.”

Even from the best of politicians, ‘grassroots’ is the most abused of words. But these are the the most establishment leaders in the professional right in DC.

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I strongly recommend reading this whole oped by Eric Reid, Colin Kaepernick’s 49ers teammate who joined him kneeling during the national anthem. But I wanted to quote these two paragraphs …

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Listening just now to Sarah Sanders press briefing, I think she just said that the anthem protests were no longer about police abuses or police brutality and had changed into something else over the last few weeks (rush transcript).

QUESTION: The president said that kneeling has nothing to do with race. Colin Kaepernick took to his knees in these games, many of these games, speifically because he said black people in this country were not being treated fairly by police. How is that not an issue of race?

SANDERS: I think the focus has long since changed and certainly the message in a lot of what has been communicated over these last several weeks through this process, through these protests by these players.

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As longtime readers know, I’ve long been interested in crime rates and particularly murder rates in the United States – regional breakdown, causes, explanations of why they’ve risen and fallen over the decades and centuries.

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