My brother-in-law, “let’s make America steak again,” is a bad influence. First, steak dinner. Now this.
I nominate Daryl Davis for the Nobel Peace prize. This is the one and only way to combat racism, through one on one engagement, human being to human being, in a civilized, respectful, but firm way.
There is a profile of him in the UK’s The Independent. Here’s the money quote:
I never set out to convert anyone in the Klan. I just set out to get an answer to my question: ‘How can you hate me when you don’t even know me’.
“I simply gave them a chance to get to know me and treat them the way I want to be treated.
“They come to their own conclusion that this ideology is no longer for them.
“I am often the impetus for coming to that conclusion and I’m very happy that some positivity has come out of my meetings and friendships with them.”
There is apparently a documentary about him in the works called Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America.
As enjoyable and entertaining as it might be, venting your moral outrage on the Facebook is going to do exactly nothing. Just stop it.
Looking up the trunk of (what I think is) a live oak tree at Lee Farm Park.
The Internet Archive has digitized 28,000 78 RPM records and posted them online. Amazing. And they didn’t just do a batch conversion. Most songs were recorded with multiple needles, and an audio engineer picked out the best recording. They also used software to clean up the tracks further. So these are going to be just about as good as you can possibly get.
And they are all downloadable. As far as I can tell, these are all freely available to the public with no restrictions.
I did a couple of spot checks just for fun:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 8 recordings of 6 different songs, including “Shout, Sister, Shout!”
Hank Snow – 26 recordings! Including “The Rhumba Boogie”
Josh White – 6 recordings, including a recording of “House Of The Rising Sun”
It’s kinda hit or miss, but wow. what’s in here is a treasure trove!