About Douglass & Trump

dailycurrent bugFor the 4th of July, the Current ran excerpts from the famous Fourth of July speech Frederick Douglass delivered in 1852. The speech is rather long, selecting excerpts was a bigger job than I thought it’d be, and I’m sure people with more expertise will object to my selections/omissions. But I wanted to run it because Trump, in addition to evidently not knowing who Frederick Douglass was, also on several occasions has demonstrated a disturbingly – and disturbingly common – white supremacist view of what the Civil War was and wasn’t about. I’ve written elsewhere about the legacy of “the quarrel forgotten” and how that mindset has hampered U.S. progress. And it’s certainly influencing Trump-GOP policy today. So, FWIW, that was part of my thinking in deciding to run a speech about U.S. slavery on the 4th on July.

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Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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