by Max Brantley
Monday's done. The line is open. Finishing up:
* THE SEGREGATION ACADEMY LIVES ON: Good report here in The Atlantic on research into the continued existence — even prosperity — of the segregation academies established throughout the South, including Arkansas, to avoid "race mixing" in the schools. The article focuses on Mississippi, where most of the schools continue. But Delta seg academies continue in Arkansas, too, with one-race student bodies though they've generally taken steps to remove discriminatory language from their governing charters. The focus on Mississippi didn't keep The Atlantic from going to the well for their familiar Arkansas image above from the bad old days.
* RACE AND THE STEEL MILL: The Arkansas legislature's black caucus today expressed concerns about giving $75 million, plus financing, to the Big River Steel Mill proposed for Mississippi County without a promise that the workforce would include a representative percentage of minority workers. Could be a deal killer, the governor's AEDC director said.
To that end: I invite now and later reports from readers on ecclesiastical weapon developments in either direction.
* PASS THE WHISKEY: All the bad news might drive a body to drink. But be warned if your drink of choice is Maker's Mark. They're watering it down to meet worldwide demand.