Tag: Slavery (Historical)

The Painful Roots of Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Comment

WASHINGTON — Shelley Jackson was 7 years old the first time she heard it. In the early 1970s, Ms. Jackson was among a group of 40 black children who were bused from one side of Los Angeles to integrate a majority-white school across town. One day, a playground squabble ended in a white classmate telling […]

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James Monroe Enslaved Hundreds. Their Descendants Still Live Next Door.

[For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.] CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — So many Monroes in rural Albemarle County remember the moment they asked a parent or grandparent if they were somehow connected to the nation’s fifth president, James Monroe. The telltale entrance sign to Monroe’s […]

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San Francisco School Board Votes to Cover Controversial George Washington Murals

The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously this week to cover a series of murals at George Washington High School that includes images of a dead Native American and slaves at work. A debate about the series of 13 murals, called “The Life of George Washington,” has been going on for over half a […]

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Enslaved People Lived Here. These Museums Want You to Know.

A few years ago, people touring the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters in Savannah, Ga., would have heard a lot about George Owens, the lawyer, farmer and Congressional representative who lived in the massive neoclassical home in 1833. And about banker and slave trader Richard Richardson, for whom the house was built in 1816. They […]

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No Easy Answers on Reparations

ImageA black Union soldier and his family during the Civil War.CreditAlamy In the 50 years since the civil rights pioneer James Forman demanded $500 million in reparations for African-Americans from synagogues and white churches in his 1969 “Black Manifesto,” the United States has largely avoided any serious discussion of the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow […]

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House Democrats, With Pelosi’s Support, Will Consider a Commission on Reparations

WASHINGTON — With the support of a string of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, the idea of reparations for African-Americans is gaining traction among Democrats on Capitol Hill, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi backs the establishment of a commission that would develop proposals and a “national apology” to repair the lingering effects of slavery. Nearly 60 House […]

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Is the Religious Right Privileged?

Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph. The paragraph’s author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, weighing in on the complicated, sometimes baffling debate on the right about the relationship between religious conservatives and libertarianism … or maybe the relationship between religious conservatives and Donald Trump … or […]

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This Empty Lot Is Worth Millions. It’s Also an African-American Burial Ground.

The flier advertising a near-one-acre plot of land for sale in Elmhurst, Queens, looks like a typical real estate listing. The oddly-shaped parcel that abuts the Long Island Rail Road tracks is available for $13.8 million. According to the flier, the lot is a great opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand for residential space […]

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Black Bodies, Green Spaces

“Black people — we need a better publicist,” the comedian Wanda Sykes declares in her new Netflix special, “Not Normal.” Ms. Sykes has just told the story of a black security guard in Chicago who apprehended a gunman and then was himself shot by the police. Her solution for changing the perception of African-Americans as […]

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Augustine Tolton, Ex-Slave and First Black Priest in U.S., Takes Step to Sainthood

Augustine Tolton was born into slavery in Missouri in 1854, escaped to freedom as a child during the chaos of the Civil War, and later became the first African-American priest in the Roman Catholic Church. This week, he took the first step toward becoming the church’s first African-American saint. Pope Francis put Father Tolton on […]

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‘Ship of Horror’: Discovery of the Last Slave Ship to America Brings New Hope to an Old Community

MOBILE, Ala. — Like nearly everyone who grew up in Africatown, Felice Harris had heard the origin story of her little Alabama neighborhood, passed around from relative to relative and house to house. It was the story of a group of West Africans carried to Alabama on the last slave ship to reach the United […]

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