Danny Duncan Collum, a Sojourners contributing writer, teaches writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. His novel White Boy was recently published by Apprentice House.
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Revisiting the Sugar Bowl
AS THIS IS written, the U.S. and Cuba are in the final stages of the haggling that will likely lead to the opening of embassies in Havana and Washington, and peace, love, and understanding seem to be breaking out all over. Pope Francis, who helped broker the U.S.-Cuba thaw, will visit the island in September on his way to the U.S. After a recent meeting with the pope, Cuban President Raul Castro said, “if the pope continues to talk as he does, sooner or later I will start praying again and return to the Catholic Church.” And Major League Baseball is already working on bringing at least spring training games back to baseball-crazy Cuba.
In the U.S. media, discussion of the new détente with Cuba has focused almost entirely on the past 55 years of Cold War-inspired confrontation. However, the U.S. and Cuba had a close and troubled relationship for a full 60 years before Fidel Castro took power, and as hostilities wane and the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba is eventually dropped, the patterns of this U.S.-Cuban “prehistory” may become important again.
That story begins in 1898, when the U.S. empire first extended beyond our North American shores as the U.S. took control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines at the end of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Rico we still hold.
Brian Fallon's Christianity is less apparent than his Bruce devotion.
Epic Bad Behavior
Fraternities have become the tail that wags the dog in U.S. universities.
Rich Songs of Economic Despair
Singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley paints a heartbreaking picture of what Appalachia has become.
Comcast's Net Neutrality Shell Game
Democracy requires universal access to the means of communication.
Time for a Cyberweapons Treaty?
Cyberwar stories were uninteresting until one involved a threat to our inalienable right to laugh at fart jokes.
The Persistent Strain
White supremacy may have weakened, but it can still make us sick.
The Internet's Toxic Waste Dump
Souls are being stained and scarred to keep your internet experiance relatively clean.
Paying to Play
Our culture has managed to turn children's sports into an expensive "gated community" for the elite.
The Christ of Compton
Jesus appears on Adult Swim, as he did in Palestine, in a manner both obscure and mysterious.
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