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We are ‘being exterminated’: Twitter neo-Confederates express panic with #SouthernLivesMatter

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In an era where police officers assault and kill black people with impunity, the phrase “Black Lives Matter” has become a racial justice rallying cry across the United States. In hashtag form, #BlackLivesMatter educates and mobilizes countless activists on Twitter and other social media platforms. Neo-Confederates have co-opted the phrase for their own purposes with a hashtag of their own — #SouthernLivesMatter.

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On Saturday, Confederate flag enthusiasts protested against the flag’s removal from Alabama statehouse grounds, waving their banner and carrying signs that read: “Southern Lives Matter,” and “Secession Now.”

Supporters took to Twitter to express solidarity with the rallyers in Birmingham. A few stand-out examples:

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So long, Steve King: 9-term white supremacist GOP congressman from Iowa loses primary

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For many Americans, the idea of the president tasking his son-in-law with solving national, even international, crises, seems problematic, if not absurd. But it happened once before and turned out to be the kind of “great success story” our current first family wants us to believe in again. Slightly over a century ago, as the US mobilized for the First World War, the nation faced devastating breakdowns of its financial and transport systems. In response, President Woodrow Wilson leaned heavily on his talented and experienced Treasury Secretary, William McAdoo, who just happened to be his son-in-law. Looking back at this episode tells us a lot about what makes for successful emergency management at the highest levels of government.

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Here are 7 ways Donald Trump is just like Henry Ford — and why that’s not good for American democracy

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On May 21, speaking at the Ford Motor Company’s Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Donald Trump paid his latest homage to Henry Ford, lauding the family’s “good bloodlines” with Ford’s great grandson sitting in the front row.

Ford, like Trump, was obsessed with bloodlines—with the idea that race and genetic origins determined who counted as the “best people.”

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