Good News About Renaming Those Military Bases Named After Confederate Officers

Good News About Renaming Those Military Bases Named After Confederate Officers

Fred Kaplan for Slate reports that starting this past March and continuing into the fall, all nine Army bases named after Confederate generals are being given new names more in keeping with American values and the look of the U.S. military today. One such base is named after Confederate Lt. Gen. John Brown Gordon, who became a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War; Fort Gordon will soon become Fort Eisenhower. Until this decision, there were no American military bases named for Black people or women in the U.S. PRRI research finds that Black Americans are the most likely to report that there are currently public spaces named for Confederate leaders (35%), compared with 27% of multiracial Americans, 25% of Hispanic Americans, 19% of white Americans, and 18% of AAPI Americans.


Transgender Care Ban Allowed to Take Effect in Tennessee, Appeals Panel Says

Emily Cochrane for the New York Times writes that a federal appeals panel on Saturday said a Tennessee law that would ban hormone therapy and puberty blockers for transgender youth could go into effect, marking the first time a federal court has allowed a law banning transition care to fully take hold in the United States. The decision comes just shy of two weeks after a district court judge that had temporarily blocked the ban on hormone therapy and puberty blockers. Twenty states currently have approved bans or restrictions on transition-related medical care. PRRI research finds more than 4 in 10 Americans (43%) agree with the idea that “young people are being peer pressured into being transgender,” while 55% disagree. A majority of Republicans (74%) agree, vs. 41% of independents, and 21% of Democrats. 


A Decade of Fluctuating Views on the Immigrant Community’s Impact

In a new Spotlight Analysis, PRRI Public Fellow Laura E. Alexander, Ph.D. analyzes Americans’ views towards immigrants over the past ten years. While views about immigrants’ impact on the larger society remained consistent, PRRI survey data shows a modest uptick in positive attitudes about the impact immigrants have on their communities. Alexander writes that positive changes in perceptions of immigrants were largely driven by changes in the attitudes of Black Protestants, religiously unaffiliated Americans, non-Christian religious groups while white evangelical and mainline Protestants show some drift toward more negative attitudes about immigrants during that same period.


These Buddhist Monks Want Their Faith To Be Known for More Than Just Mindfulness

Rachel Martin for NPR reports that while the “mindfulness industrial complex” can be off-putting, she visited a monastery in New Jersey called Empty Cloud to understand the theology that birthed the modern mindfulness movement. There, she learned from Ayyā Somā, one of the Buddhist monks, that in Buddhism’s ancient language, Pali, the word “kampa” means trembling together. “Sometimes we focus a lot on our trembling, or the trembling of the other person. But we don’t realize that it’s actually the same trembling, and we’re all trembling together,” Ayyā Somā explained. Martin concludes that while this path means letting go of the big things you can’t change, just as important as letting go is the letting in.


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Read PRRI’s latest spotlight, “A Decade of Fluctuating Views on the Immigrant Community’s Impact” here.