Tag: Slavery

White Guy Spits on Black Girlfriend After Her Bizarre Request for Slavery Role Play

Image: iStock I don’t judge what anyone else does in their bedroom, but some of y’all are out here really whylin. Take for instance interracial couple Kenneth Atkins and Ashley Edwards, who according to the Smoking Gun, got into a lover’s quarrel over Atkins’ refusal to partake in some rather questionable role play. From the […]

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White Tears Attempt to Drown Out the True History of Louisiana Plantation: ‘Very Racist. If You’re White, Don’t Go’

Photo: iStock In today’s edition of white people whitepeopling, I’d like to introduce you to the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, La., where visitors are encouraged to partake in a guided tour of “the only plantation museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people,” according to its website. Yet despite its […]

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I’m Glad the Harriet Tubman Biopic Is on Its Way, So Some of You Can Finally Learn About the Underground Railroad

Screenshot: Harriet (YouTube) The trailer for the biopic about Harriet Tubman—called Harriet—recently hit the internets; the movie hits theaters in November. The film (perhaps controversially) stars Cynthia Erivo in the role of the most famous Harriet of all time. I have no facts to back up that statement but I feel it in my soul […]

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I’m My ‘Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams?’ Nah, Bruh. I Ain’t That Special

Screenshot: Marvel Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Maybe 15 years ago, upset that I couldn’t remember the details of these epic dreams I kept having, I started leaving a notebook at my bedside to jot them down. “Ha!,” I thought to myself, as I believed I finally found a method to capture my subconscious. […]

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Nike Drops Sneaker Featuring Betsy Ross Flag After Colin Kaepernick Is Said to Complain It Invokes Slavery

Colin Kaepernick onstage during a VH1 broadcast May 3, 2018, in Los AngelesPhoto: Leon Bennett (Getty) Just in time for the Fourth of July, comes a report that Nike yanked a sneaker embellished with a Betsy Ross flag after NFL footballer-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick complained the image conjured up slavery and all its ills. According to […]

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A Black Revolutionary War Hero Finally Gets the Military Burial Honors He Deserved

Photo: iStock James Robinson was a black Revolutionary War hero who also served during the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson. During both of those wars, he was promised his freedom by those who enlisted him (and other black men turned into soldiers); but when it was time to collect on that freedom, he was […]

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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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Ta-Nehisi Coates Clapped Back at Mitch McConnell for Saying ‘No One Alive’ Is Liable for Reparations. So We Came Up With a List

Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty Images) On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing about H.R. 40, a proposal from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) that would authorize a national apology and study reparations for slavery and racial discrimination against black people in America. Among those […]

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America, We Need to Talk

Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Echoing one of his already overused arguments, Biden pointed back to the good old days when politicians found common ground, no matter the hateful things […]

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Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates to Finally Discuss Reparations During House Hearing on Juneteenth

Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images for UrbanDaddy) Anyone else tired of waiting for their 40 acres and a mule? While Holocaust victims, survivors of Japanese internment and other victims of genocide or injustice have been compensated for the unspeakable horrors they endured, America built a multi-billion dollar economy by brutalizing our ancestors and somehow refuses […]

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The Impossibility of Impeachment

Polling outfits routinely ask historians and political scientists to rate the presidents from worst to best. It’s an inherently frustrating exercise. Does “greatness” depend on what a chief executive accomplished or instead on his ability to bend Congress to his will and influence his successors? How should we evaluate a president like Lyndon Johnson, who […]

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Last Known U.S. Slave Ship, the Clotilda, Said to Have Been Discovered in Alabama

Photo: Bojan Jeremic/ iStock Researchers recently announced they’ve located the remains of the last known ship known to bring enslaved Africans to what we now call the United States. According to the Alabama Historical Commission, slave importing was officially banned in 1808, though an illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade continued for many years. In 1860, 50 […]

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