Learning From History

Groups will have a bias against certain issues because of their history. African Americans, for instance, tend to be less responsive to libertarian criticisms of the power of the federal government because many Southerners once used states rights arguments to support segregation laws. Filipinos and other minorities are less responsive of the Christian Rights’ arguments about protecting the sanctity of traditional marriages against same sex marriages because those same arguments were once used against interracial marriages. Certain Americans are wary of the NSA collecting our private emails and phone calls because in times past, Nixon’s Administration and Hoover’s FBI wiretapped ordinary citizens who disagreed with them and created enemies lists to blacklist and harass them.

Here are some articles

The Myth of Secession and States Rights in the Civil War by Allan Lichtman for the Encyclopedia Britannica Blog

Segregation Forever’: A Fiery Pledge Forgiven, But Not Forgotten by Samara Freemark and Joe Richman for NPR

Filipino Resistance to Anti-Miscegenation Laws in Washington State by Corinne Strandjord

When Hilario Met Sally: The Fight Against Anti-Miscegenation Laws by Alex S. Fabros for Positively Filipino

The FBI and Martin Luther King by David J. Garrow for the Atlantic

J. Edgar Hoover Biography

Nixon’s Enemies List from PBS’s American Experience

Nixon’s complete enemies list

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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