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No Jokes

Jon Stewart: "I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn't exist. I'm confident though that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won't do jack shit. Yeah. That's us."

Juneteenth and How Slavery Really Ended

This story is, painfully, much more timely than when we first assigned it. But it's a must-read on several levels. Tomorrow is Juneteenth - a predominantly African-American holiday commemorating the end of slavery - and the 150th anniversary of the event it celebrates, the arrival of the US Army at Galveston Island on June 19th 1865. Read this piece and it will change your understanding of just how slavery really ended and why.

Obama: 'This Is A Sacred Place'

Obama's remarks on the Charleston church shooting were pained and angry. As I indicated earlier, he put the shooting into the larger historic context of this particular church's role in the civil rights movement, of violence against black churches generally, and of the scourge of gun violence in America. Watch.

Juneteenth, the US Army and the End of Slavery

A great quote from a piece we're publishing later today on the history of Juneteenth and the critical role of the US Army in ending slavery. "Freedpeople, as [former slave Felix] Haywood’s quote reminds us, did not need the Army to teach them about freedom; they needed the Army to teach planters the futility of trying to sustain slavery."

Not Just Any Church

President Obama just spoke about the Charleston church shooting and rightly noted the broad sweep of American history in which this particular church has a especially significant role. We've just published at TPMCafe a brief history of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, its place in the history of Charleston, the anti-slavery movement, and perhaps most fascinating to me, the creation of what came to be known as the Citadel, the crown jewel of Southern militarism, which was born from white fears of slave rebellion triggered by this church. It's worth your time.

Roof Arrested

We now have reports that Dylann Roof, the alleged assailant in last night's Charleston church massacre has been captured in Shelby, North Carolina.

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