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Thursday, June 11, 2020

A celebration of African Americans

Although it is entirely necessary to talk about the race science hawkers and white supremacists and the Intellectual Dark Web and other awful right-wing creeps, it can get depressing and monotonous, week after week.

So even though it's not Black History Month, I thought I'd take a little break from the bad guys and take a moment to appreciate how lucky the United States is to have African Americans.

I never really noticed it until I went to Ireland on business in 2000. It was the first time I had ever been out of the United States (like not even to Canada.) There are many nice things about Irish culture but I just felt like there was something missing. I reflected on this a little while and suddenly it hit me - no black people. African Americans are an extremely important part of why American culture is what it is and why its music is beloved all over the world.

African Americans of course invented Jazz and Rock and Roll and Hip Hop among many other beautiful things all the while being treated like dirt for hundreds of years. The United States owes so much to African Americans.

Let's start with Gladys Knight and the Pips' immortal Midnight Train to George.

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