“Have you seen the sign in the square? There’s a Ku Klux Klan sign in the town square.” A few weeks ago, someone hung a KKK banner in Dahlonega, Ga. It didn’t take long for the banner to be taken down, but the controversy continues because, in so many ways, times have changed in America. This was a local story that ordinarily would only matter to residents of Dahlonega. But today, local stories like these go viral, and residents are left to assess their broader meaning amidst a swirl of social media and fake news. From WaPo, In Georgia, the reaction to KKK banner is a sign of the times.
+ “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Compared to many of his past statements, this remark by Iowa Congressman Steve King is actually pretty mild. Not much has changed about King and his idiotic comments. What has changed is where King falls along the political spectrum. The Atlantic’s David A. Graham reports on Steve King’s improbable ascendance. (There’s been a lot of that going around lately…)