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Understanding why monuments to the Confederacy ought to be removed or changed is easier if you’re aware that the South seceded to preserve slavery. But as John Oliver reveals, most Americans are woefully ignorant of that basic fact and so much more about the Civil War — which allows them to dismiss the pain that the “lost cause” cult inflicts on black Americans, their fellow citizens.

That reluctance to deal with reality is not solely found among Klansman and their like. Indeed, as Oliver demonstrates here, even the smart and sophisticated may have no idea how their own ancestors were implicated in the slave trade. And he has dug up plenty of remarkable footage, as usual — including 1972 video of Vice President Spiro Agnew speaking at the dedication of the monument at Stone Mountain, GA, where the KKK was founded.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

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A Maryland anti-vaxxer is facing charges for threatening National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci over email-- going as far as to warn the face of America's COVID-19 response that he would be "hunted, captured, tortured and killed," among other things-- according to court documents that were unsealed on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint, Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr. committed two violations-- threatening a federal official and sending interstate communication containing a threat to harm, both of which are felonies.

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