Monthly Archives: September 2015

Was Donald Trump’s Father In the Klan? There’s Room For Doubt

This week, the website BoingBoing uncovered a New York Times story indicating that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s father, Fred, was arrested at a brawl between members of the Klu Klux Klan and New York City police during a Memorial Day parade in 1927. They and other websites and news outlets seem to draw the a logical inference that Fred Trump was a member of the Klan. But is it a logical inference? Looking at the history, there’s plenty of […]

48 Names and Mount McKinley Is Just One of Them

Let’s get the easy one out of the way first: No, Denali is not “Kenyan” for “black power.” The dialog surrounding the Obama administration’s directive to the Department of the Interior to rename Alaska’s highest peak has been surprisingly vigorous. It hits that sweet spot between modern political rhetoric and historical memory – or lack of historical memory, as the case may be. Understanding how Denali came to be called Mount McKinley is something that can only be explained by stepping […]