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The release of Modern Slavery Data Stories

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Governments Are Not Effectively Tackling Modern Slavery, New UN Data Tool ShowsHuman Wrongs Watch29 March 2019 — A new UN data tool created by the United Nations University’s Centre for Policy Research, has revealed that, worldwide, government aid and policy to end modern slavery is not being effectively directed towards the places where the practice is most prevalent.* ILO/A. Khemka | Forced labour often means unpaid wages, excessively long work hours without rest days, confiscation of ID documents, little freedom of movement, deception, intimidation and physical or sexual violence. ILO/A. Khemka The release of Modern Slavery Data Stories, a series of easily understandable animated graphics, gives detailed pictures of the ways that factors related to modern slavery have changed over time, and comes during a period when over 40 million people are living in slavery, more than ever before in human history. UN-led research shows that half of those enslaved are working as force…

The Case for Reparations

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The Whitening of a President

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Six artists each shared their version of the portrait and their perspective on the whitening of Nieto and the necessity in questioning whether or not should to be black in order to speak about Afro-Colombian identity.

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Theory? Polygenism

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Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves
Joseph Garrison, March 20, 2019, USA Today



BOSTON — In 1850, a Swiss-born Harvard University professor commissioned what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves.

The images, known as daguerreotypes and taken in a South Carolina studio, are crude and dehumanizing — and they were used to promote racist beliefs.

Among the photographed: an African man named Renty and his daughter Delia. They were stripped naked and photographed from several angles. Former professor Louis Agassiz, a biologist, had the photos taken to support an erroneous theory called polygenism that he and others used to argue African-Americans were inferior to white people.

Now, a woman who claims to be a direct descendant of that father and child – Tamara Lanier, the great-great-great granddaughter of Renty – is suing Harvard over the photos.

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More evidence of Racial Bias

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Stanford researchers looked at 100 million police traffic stops and found a lot of racial bias.

READ: Inside 100 million police traffic stops: New evidence of racial bias

Racism meets sexism

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MMCA 2018 Sizzle Reel - Moving The Needle On Media Diversity

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On Resentment

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A young Black Frenchman aims a gun at le flic that gunned down his friend; a Filipino youth stabs his girlfriend’s pimp to death; an Argentine colonial official has both his hands axed off. These are just some of the dramatic scenes in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) new series, On Resentment, in dialogue with our time’s own resentful, violent zeitgeist, often in the context of marginalized communities and racism.  Emily Wang and Matthew Shen Goodman, the editors of Triple Canopy magazine, which co-presented the series with BAM curator Ashley Clark, ask in their online essay, “A Note on Resentment”:
What are the possibilities and limitations of resentment—as a basis for thinking, speaking, and writing, establishing intimacy and forging solidarity? How does resentment shape not only how we speak but what we say? How is resentment stoked, policed, circulated, and mobilized? How does resentment channel our attentions and efforts, and to what ends?read

Failures | Diets

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Ida B. Wells vs. Frances Willard: Getting to the truth of a failure to fight racial injustice
Leslie Harris and Lori Osborne, March 11, 2019, The Chicago Sun-Times

The failure of the early Women’s Movement to incorporate black voices was glaringly obvious in the clash between two Chicago-area titans of women’s history: Ida B. Wells and Frances Willard.

Under Willard’s leadership, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union increasingly became an advocate for broad social as well as political change. However, in 1894 and 1895, Willard and anti-lynching activist Wells fought a war of words in the international press that leaders of today’s movements for equality would do well to bear in mind.

Frustrated that white reformers such as Willard failed to stand with her against the terrible violence being perpetrated by lynch mobs against blacks in the South, Wells publicly called Willard to account. She convinced an English newspaper to reprint a previously published interview in whic…

Where we live makes a difference

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Over one in ten households in the U.S. spends more than half their income on housing costs – a financial burden that is associated with increased food insecurity, child poverty and a greater proportion of people in fair or poor health – according to new research conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The annual collaboration, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, analyzes the factors that influence health, such as structural factors, access to and quality of health care, and personal health behaviors, as well as health outcomes for almost every county in the nation. This year’s analysis, which examines both location and race, has a particular emphasis on housing. The research reveals that in the most segregated counties nearly one in four black households spends more than half their income on housing, compared with one in 10 white households.


Here are some of the key findings:
On average, rates of “seve…

American schools can’t figure out how to teach kids about slavery

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American schools can’t figure out how to teach kids about slavery
P.R. Lockhart,  March 13, 2019, Vox.com



A white teacher at an affluent New York private school has been accused of holding a mock slave auction for her students in which white fifth-graders pretended to bid on their black peers.

Yes, seriously. This is a real news story. In 2019. From just last week, in fact. And it’s merely the latest in a long line of high-profile controversies revolving around poorly conceived lessons about slavery in American schools.

The latest story comes from the Chapel School in Bronxville, New York, a private school in an affluent, predominantly white neighborhood north of Manhattan. According to New York’s PIX11 news, fifth-grade teacher Rebecca Antinozzi allegedly had her black students leave the classroom and, according to one student, pretended “to put imaginary chains along our necks and wrists, and shackles on our ankles.”

The teacher then led the students back into the classro…

More Bullshit about Indians and Slaves and Guns

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Can’t someone just be honest about the Founders? They were racist, misogynist, greedy, elitist bastards. We should stop caring what they thought. Let’s talk about whether the felon dispossession law is fair as a matter of public policy now, not whether those dead white guys thought it was a good idea. And BTW, if we do that, we leave judges out of that conversation.
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The Netherlands: Untold Tales

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Analyzing the Past and Decolonizing the Future The Netherlands was one of the most belligerent European colonial empires. Driven by commerce and spread over four continents, their imperial ambitions changed the lives and cultures of millions of people from Indonesia to the Caribbean. In this series artists and arts practitioners share their thoughts on how to deal with the legacies of that empire, in the Netherlands and beyond.

Afterlives of Slavery addresses the Netherlands’ colonial past and its lingering presence, taking the local audience as a focal point. A major aspiration of the exposition is to call immediate attention to the country’s colonial violence and its role in the transatlantic slave trade. However, the conditions of production, the grid format, the limited scope of the material selected, the choice of a video that promises non-threatening education, and the almost complete absence of works by artists of color born in the Netherlands or in the former colonies s…

Ugly American Tradition

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Policing black Americans is a long-standing, and ugly, American tradition
Vanessa Holden and Edward E. Baptist, March 6, 2019, The Washington Post



In recent years, news cycle after news cycle has focused on Americans, many of them white, who took it upon themselves to police their black neighbors. A white Yale graduate student called campus police officers to report a black student sleeping in a common room. A white golf course proprietor called the police on a group of black women because, apparently, playing a round too slowly is a crime. Twelve-year-old Reggie Fields was reported to the police for mowing a lawn. Stephanie Sebby-Strempel ultimately pleaded guilty to third-degree assault after harassing an African American teenager who dared to go swimming while black. And on Feb. 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood vigilante, killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

These incidents are not historically unusual. What’s new is the outcome, at least in some…

The Shadow of White Slavery

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Yale Podcast

More reading:
Nell Painter. History of White People (New York: Norton, 2010). https://www.amazon.com/History-White-People-Irvin-Painter/dp/0393339742

The Embrace

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Artist Hank Willis Thomas' and MASS Design Group's "The Embrace," a bronze-finish sculpture of two pairs of giant arms embracing each other, has been chosen to honor Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. on the Boston Common. Thomas is an acclaimed conceptual artist focused on issues of history and identity. He said the 22-foot-high proposed sculpture was inspired by an iconic photo of the Kings embracing after King Jr. had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The photo, he said, looks almost as if Coretta is supporting Martin's weight. READ

Increasing women’s economic equality would reduce poverty for everyone

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Gender inequality in the economy costs women in developing countries $9 trillion a year – a sum which would not only give new spending power to women and benefit their families and communities, but would also provide a massive boost to the economy as a whole.
Countries with higher levels of gender equality tend to have higher income levels, and evidence from a number of regions and countries shows closing the gap leads to reduction in poverty.
In Latin America for instance, an increase in the number of women in paid work between 2000 and 2010 accounted for around 30 percent of the overall reduction in poverty and income inequality.
Supporting women to have access to quality and decent work and improve their livelihoods is therefore vital for fulfilling women’s rights, reducing poverty and attaining broader development goals.
Women’s economic empowerment is a key part of achieving this. We need a human economy that works for women and men alike, and for everyone, not …

Our Beloved Kin

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Bancroft Prize for History Is Awarded to 2 Scholars
Jennifer Schuessler, March 7, 2019, The New York Times

A mammoth biography of Frederick Douglass and a new study of the 17th-century colonial American conflict known as King Philip’s War have won this year’s Bancroft Prize, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American history.

David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom, published by Simon and Schuster, was cited for offering “a definitive portrait” of the 19th-century former slave, abolitionist, writer and orator “in all his fullness and imperfection, his intellectual gifts and emotional needs.”

Lisa Brooks’s Our Beloved Kin, published by Yale University Press, was praised for how it “imaginatively illuminates submerged indigenous histories,” drawing readers into “a complex world of tensions, alliances and betrayals” that fueled the conflict between Native Americans in New England and European colonists and their Indian al…

The Mixed Beauty Julia Jones

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Julia Jones was born on January 23, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress, known for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), Westworld (2016) and Wind River (2017) and Cold Pursuit (2019)

Studied at The Boston Ballet School from the age of 4.
Modelled for Levis, The Gap, Esprit, and L'Oreal.
Graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English.
Her father had a gym locker next to the gym locker of Maura Tierney's father. Westworld (TV Series)
Kohana - The Passenger (2018) ... Kohana - Kiksuya (2018) ... Kohana She is part English, Native American (Choctaw and Chickasaw) and African-American.
[On growing up in Jamaica Plain, Boston] One of the great things about growing up there was that it's so ethnically diverse, you didn't really pay attention to race. My dad is part Choctaw, Chickasaw and African American. I didn't realize the significance of not being white until I moved to LA.


If we unite?

Malcolm X on Unity pic.twitter.com/sa2ljDDHIH — Kentah Gwanjez (@GWANJEZ) March 6, 2019

Tackling Racism: Symbolic Progress vs REAL Progress

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on the side of the Revolutionists

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The author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, which takes a big swipe at weapons of mass destruction, noted near the end of his life:“I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute.” 

Thanks, Mr. Twain. I’m glad you said that.

Slavery brought to light — and to life – in harrowing detail

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Slavery brought to light — and to life – in harrowing detail
Katharine Shilcutt, February 25, 2019, Rice University News & Media



The Amistad is arguably the best known of all the ships that carried slaves to the U.S. Memorialized in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film of the same name, it was also at the center of the landmark 1841 Supreme Court case United States v. Schooner Amistad, which was second only to Dred Scott v. Sandford in its legal impact on the abolition of slavery in America.

But anyone interested in learning more about the Amistad through Voyages, the world’s leading online resource on slaving vessels, came up empty-handed. Searching the website and its list of 37,000 trans-Atlantic expeditions produced nothing on the infamous ship.

That’s because the Amistad, like many other slaving vessels, was on an intra-American course. And until recently, the Voyages website was limited to slave-trading voyages that crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

That’s one reason Voyages wil…

Sarah Barnes: Alabama magnate, slave holder

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The Mistress’s Tools
Lynne Feeley, February 26, 2019, The Nation



By 1836, Sarah Barnes had become something of an Alabama magnate. She owned a home, land, rental properties, 10 stocks in a local bank in Mobile, and 27 enslaved people. On the eve of her marriage to Dennis Welsh, Barnes drew up an antenuptial agreement, a legal document outlining the terms of their union. In it, she stated that she would continue to have “sole, entire and exclusive use, benefit, and enjoyment” of her property. All of the rent collected on her real-estate holdings would continue to go to her, as would any potential wages earned by her enslaved people rented out for their labor. Barnes engaged a trustee, Richard Redwood, to help her manage her holdings, but he was allowed to take action only if she delivered him written instructions, produced in the presence of “six reputable persons and in the absence” of her husband-to-be. She also reserved the right to make her own will, which was to be d…

AMANI | Short Film (2019) - Based On A True Story

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profoundly unbelievable?

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"Green Book's" Tony Lip transforms almost instantly from seeing black people as toxic to battling for a black man's right to eat in a restaurant. Is this not profoundly unbelievable?

Good READ: Why don’t we ever hear the details of how white people evolve on racial issues? - Los Angeles Times

sexism is the primal, or first, form of oppression in humanity

Sexism is a form of oppression and domination. As author Octavia Butler put it, "Simple peck-order bullying is only the beginning of the kind of hierarchical behavior that can lead to racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, classism, and all the other 'isms' that cause so much suffering in the world."

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Little Man Little Man

White Fragility