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Why now? The roots (and possible future) of Colorado’s reckoning with racism past and present

Earlier this month, Sarah Stabio was cleaning up in the exercise studio she opened nearly four years ago when she caught a glimpse of the screen-printed sign on her front window: “The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton.” Suddenly, she couldn’t wait another moment. “Stapleton,” the area that memorializes a Denver mayor notorious for his ties to the […]

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Wilson: Stapleton finally says goodbye to a Denver klansman’s legacy

At long last, Denver’s klansman mayor, Benjamin Stapleton, will have his name stripped from a neighborhood. Some said it could never happen. They said that like Charlton Heston and guns, we’d have to pry Stapleton’s name out of the Master Community Association’s cold, dead hands.   Thankfully, nothing that drastic had to take place. Just a […]

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Wilson: Stuck On Stapleton? Colorado has plenty of non-racist heroes who deserve to be remembered

The bad guys aren’t supposed to win, especially when good people make the rules. Newsflash: Klansmen are the bad guys.   They are terrorists, and should be remembered that way. The body count doesn’t lie. The lynchings were real, and the dead don’t return. In a sane society, racists and bigots don’t get monuments. They are not venerated immortals […]

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Plunkett: The awful lessons of Goodloe Sutton, racism and hate

This month, Americans witnessed an explosive failure of human imagination in the form of an ill-conceived editorial of hate. Published in a small, family owned, print-only newspaper in Alabama, its opening sentence reads: “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.” Perversely, it debuted on Valentine’s Day. The unsigned, house editorial’s author, Goodloe […]