The roots of today’s outrage culture explained

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The term “cancel culture” entered the American lexicon in 2017.

At the height of the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal, Olympian gymnast Gabby Douglas tweeted how women needed to “dress modestly and be classy” in warding off sexual predators. The tweet garnered significant backlash across the web.

Commenting on the matter, writer Shanita Hubbard tweeted the following:

Let’s talk “cancel culture.” Personally, I am willing to give a lot of grace to young Black girls simply because the world doesn’t. I wasn’t born reading bell hooks. I had to grow. So does Gabby Douglas. And so do some of you.


An exile’s desperate hoax to liberate his homeland

Dr. Jose Fransisco Alabau Trelles addressing the press and showing a supposed battle wound, 1971. Courtesy: latinamericanstudies.org.

On September 21st, 1971, a Cuban exile entered a radio station in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Dressed in military fatigues, the bespectacled individual commandeered the radio to make a groundbreaking broadcast.

The liberation of Cuba had begun.

Dr. Jose Fransisco Alabau Trelles, 47, stated that he had just returned from a two-day journey from the Cuban mainland. Alabau asserted that, two days earlier, he had personally overseen the covert landing of 40 Cuban commandos in the central province of Camaguey.

Once established, the force moved inland to a town called Guayabal. There, the force encountered soldiers loyal to Fidel Castro…


The impact of America’s most notorious racist and where we go from here

Tom Metzger. Courtesy: David Butow/Corbis via Getty Images.

The Anti-Defamation League hailed last year’s passing of Tom Metzger as the closing of a “dark chapter” in American history.

Since the early 1980s, Metzger made a name for himself as “America’s most dangerous racist.” His resume included leadership in the Ku Klux Klan, the founding of a neo-Nazi organization, and influencing the murderers of an Ethiopian immigrant in 1988.

While Metzger’s death hasn’t been met with much sympathy, his legacy has cast a shadow over the nation. …


How might the next four years play out for Antifa?

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On January 20th — Inauguration Day — the cities of Seattle and Portland became battlegrounds between police and “anti-fascist protesters.”

In Seattle, roughly 100 demonstrators marched from Occidental Park to Downtown Seattle calling for the abolition of ICE. An American flag was burned while windows to a number of banks, the Nakamura Federal Courthouse, an AmazonGo store, and the world’s first Starbucks were smashed.

Portland, no stranger to political violence, was also the site of unrest as demonstrators targeted the Headquarters for the Democratic Party and an ICE office. …


How a team of mercenaries and racists nearly invaded a Caribbean island

Firearms and a Nazi flag captured from the “Bayou of Pigs” investigation. Courtesy: TheDominican.net.

“It’s going to be like having a bunch of slaves. I’m going to own them.”

So spoke soldier-of-fortune Michael Perdue of his plot to invade and occupy an entire Caribbean nation in 1981. What started as an anti-Communist operation by private citizens became one of the most bizarre incidents of the Cold War.

Two years prior, the island republic of Grenada underwent a coup led by leftist revolutionary Maurice Bishop. After Bishop’s government gained the backing of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, ousted Grenadian Prime Minister Eric Gairy called for a counterrevolution with the help of mercenaries.

The first to answer the…


Examining the risks of today’s social media crusades

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In wake of January 6th’s riots in Washington DC, a number of social media outlets launched overnight campaigns to clean house.

Two days after the riots, President Donald Trump was suspended from at least 12 social media platforms across the web — and he was not alone.

Twitter and others have banned at least 7,000 QAnon-linked accounts and targeted an additional 150,000 for misconduct. Elsewhere, YouTube announced restrictions on channels that post misinformation about the 2020 election (following pressure from its parent company, Alphabet).

While many have raised concerns about freedom of speech, the recent social media purges do not…


Another American reflects on 01/06/21

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Like anyone else on January 6th, I was disturbed and repulsed by the events that unfolded in Washington DC.

After a full year — if not decade — of non-stop protests, riots, and other acts of anti-“establishment” movements, it seemed inevitable that Washington DC would become the focal point for a nation in crisis.

On that Wednesday, the worst-case scenario unfolded as thousands gathered in the nation’s capital. Crude footage shot on cellular devices went viral, depicting young men and women scaling the walls of the Capitol building and smashing their way inside.

Some scenes almost appeared comical, with individuals…


The story of a Russian airline crew that escaped their Taliban captors

RA-76842. Courtesy: Aero Icarus via Wikipedia.

On August 16th, 1996, a lone airliner landed on the tarmac of the Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. Not on schedule and not expected, airport workers rushed to meet the crew.

Seven individuals emerged. Disheveled, yet triumphant, the crew of the freighter brought out three others —turbaned and bearded men who had been their captors an hour before.

An international crisis came to an end as the former hostages tasted freedom for the first time in 378 days.

A year prior, on August 3rd, 1995, the Ilyushin Il-76 —RA-76842 — departed Tirana, Albania, for the east. …


A hypothetical dissolution of the United States revisited

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There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the sad state of affairs in the United States.

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court dismissal of lawsuits to overturn the election for Donald Trump, key figures in the Republican Party have openly advocated secession in protest.

On December 8th, Representative Kyle Biedermann (R-TX) expressed his desire to file legislation for Texas to secede from the Union. Within 48-hours, GOP Chairman Allen West echoed Biedermann’s calling in suggesting several Republican states form a new Union.

This is not an entirely new phenomenon, however.

On the eve of George W. Bush’s…


How a terrorist attack spawned the song of a generation

A flower atop the River of Life memorial fountain on Bridge Street. Courtesy: John Hopkins / Alamy Stock Photo.

In October 1994, an alternative rock single became a battle cry for innocents caught up in bloody struggles worldwide. As part of their second album, the Cranberries’ “Zombie” came to be known for its haunting lyrics, jangling electric guitar, and the distinct yodel of its lead singer, the late Dolores O’Riordan.

O’Riordan, who wrote the lyrics herself, noted it was the most “aggressive” song released by the band, and the piece still carries a visceral impact given the tragedy which inspired it.

On the night of February 23rd, 1993, the city of Warrington, Cheshire, England, was rocked by a bomb…

Grady Bolding

Freelance writer and contributor to Cultured Vultures. Interests include media, film, and politics.

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