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In The News #BigIsms #CriticalRaceTheory

  In the News Our New Postracial Myth Ibram X. Kendi, June 22, 2021, The Atlantic The signposts of racism are staring back at us in big, bold racial inequities. But some Americans are ignoring the signposts, walking on by racial inequity, riding on by the evidence, and proclaiming their belief with religious fervor. “America is not a racist country,” Senator Tim Scott said in April. Black babies die at twice the rate of white babies. Roughly a fifth of Native Americans and Latino Americans are medically uninsured, almost triple the rate of white Americans and Asian Americans (7.8 and 7.2 percent, respectively). Native people (24.2 percent) are nearly three times as likely as white people (9 percent) to be impoverished. The life expectancy of Black Americans (74.5 years) is much lower than that of white Americans (78.6 years). White Americans account for 77 percent of the voting members of the 117th Congress, even though they represent 60 percent of the U.S. population. co

How the Fall of Rome Led to the Global Explosion of Slavery

  How the Fall of Rome Led to the Global Explosion of Slavery  Posted on June 23, 2021  Slavery Routes: A Short History of Human Trafficking  Part 1 476 AD -1375 AD: Beyond the Desert DW (2020)  This series explores slave trading that followed the fall of the western Roman empire in 476 AD. Although debt and conquest-related slavery clearly occur in ancient Greece and prehistoric civilizations, wholesale slave trafficking to remote locations only began after the fall of Rome.  Following the fall of Rome, the barbarian societies that replaced Roman civilization (the Goths, Visigoths, Slavs in the Northeast, Byzantine Empire, Berbers and Nubian and Arab tribes). For several centuries Slavs from Eurasia were the preferred slaves. This would cause their ethnic label to be confused with the Greek word for slave.  As Arab armies began expanding into Egypt after 641, the economy and demand for slaves increased exponentially. As oil wouldn’t be discovered for another 1200 years, slaves wou

In The News #BigIsms #LandBack

On Juneteenth, three stirring stories of how enslaved people gained their freedom Gillian Brockell, June 19, 2021, The Washington Post There was no one moment when freedom came to the enslaved in the United States. When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the clouds did not part, the sun did not shine beams of freedom, and the shackles of slavery locked for nearly 250 years did not magically fall away. And it doesn’t diminish Lincoln to acknowledge that. “It’s a pretty entrenched story in our national memory that Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and on Jan. 1, 1863, enslaved people were free,” says historian Amy Murrell Taylor. “We need to puncture a big hole in this national mythology — without diminishing Lincoln.” continue   How Deep Is America’s Reckoning with Racism? Kerri Greenidge, June 14, 2021, The New Republic In the early 2000s, before the levees broke in New Orleans, it was still possible to be a provincial New Englander a

Maryland reckons with a violent, racist past

  More than 6,500 Black people were lynched in America between the end of the civil war in 1865 and 1950. These murders were carried out not only in the deep South, but in states like Maryland, which is now the first state in the nation to come to terms with its history of racial terror by starting a truth and reconciliation process. Special Correspondent Brian Palmer reports as part of our ongoing series, “Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism.”  Warning: the segment contains graphic descriptions of violence. WATCH: Maryland reckons with a violent, racist past | PBS NewsHour Weekend

It's Time To Face Painful Truths About Racism

  Apologies can’t undue the past, but they are an important part of healing and creating change. GOOD READ: Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It's Time To Face Painful Truths About Racism - Honolulu Civil Beat

History Colorado releases 1,300 pages of Denver’s Ku Klux Klan membership records

    The records, digitized and searchable, are available online now for free Exhibit A: History Colorado’s digitized Ku Klux Klan ledgers, which debuted online this week at . The archive, which contains 1,300 pages of original KKK membership records, only covers the years 1924 through 1926, but its contents are stunning. It’s not just a story of victimization and oppression, DiPrince said. The posting of the digital archive comes with links to stories of people who resisted the KKK at the time, such as Dr. Joseph Westbrook. He infiltrated the KKK long before Det. Ron Ferguson went undercover to bust them in Colorado Springs in the 1970s (a story that was made into Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning 2018 film “BlacKkKlansman”). Photographing Ku Klux Klan membership ledgers for the Greater Denver area, 1924-1926, in the Digital Imaging Studio at the History Colorado Center. (Provided by Katie Bush, History Colorado) WOW: History Colorado releases Denver Ku Klux

The KKK ruled Denver a century ago. Here’s how the hate group’s legacy is still being felt in 2021.

 About a third of Denver’s white, U.S.-born men were part of the Ku Klux Klan at its height in Colorado Ripple effects of the Klan’s takeover of Denver’s power structures over the course of just a few years in the mid-1920s are still felt, especially after the release by History Colorado this spring of digital copies of the Klan’s membership ledgers from that time period. The more than 30,000 names in the documents include those of the men the Klan’s political machine installed as Colorado’s governor, Denver’s mayor and police chief, judges, state senators and representatives. IMPORTANT: The KKK ruled Denver a century ago. Here’s how the hate group’s legacy is still being felt in 2021. – The Denver Post

Juneteeth and whitewashing

According to a 2019 Washington Post poll, most Americans know very little about slavery. The plan to center a Juneteenth event around so-called “displaced white refugees” is part of a larger effort to distort narratives about slavery.   The annual commemoration of Juneteenth therefore represents a significant moment of celebration among Black communities across the nation — and a significant opportunity for members of the broader public to acknowledge the painful history of enslavement. From the 17th to the 19th century, an estimated several hundred thousand African captives were transported to the territory that what would become the United States. At the start of the Civil War in 1861, there were four million enslaved Black people — an estimated 250, 000 of them resided in Texas .  The Latta Plantation’s event, which has since been canceled after the public outcry, flies in the face of this history. It attempted to downplay the experiences of enslaved people and even garne

In The News | The Fog of History Wars + MORE #BigIsms

The Fog of History Wars David W. Blight, June 9, 2021,  The New Yorker Once again, Americans find themselves at war over their history—what it is, who owns it, how it should be interpreted and taught. In April, the Department of Education called for a renewed stress, in the classroom, on the “unbearable human costs of systemic racism” and the “consequences of slavery.” In response, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a formal letter, demanding more “patriotism” in history and calling the Democrats’ plan “divisive nonsense.” Like all great questions of national memory, the latest history war has to play out in politics, whether we like it or not. This is especially true as we limp, wounded, from the battlefields of the Trump era, when facts were nearly rendered irrelevant. continue   What Washington and Lee has embraced Colbert I. King, June 11, 2021, The Washington Post Washington and Lee University’s board of trustees has decided to leave the school’s name uncha

In The News #BigIsms # FannieLouHamer #blackbirding

  Veterans group official resigns over censored Memorial Day speech that highlighted Black history Meryl Kornfield and Andrea Salcedo, June 4, 2021, The Washington Post The head of an American Legion post in Ohio stepped down after he cut a veteran’s microphone during a speech Monday referencing how Black people organized the earliest Memorial Day commemoration on record, according to the veterans group. Jim Garrison resigned after he was asked by Legion officials, the American Legion Department of Ohio said in a statement Friday. The veterans group said Garrison and Cindy Suchan, chair of the Memorial Day parade committee and president of the Hudson American Legion Auxiliary, decided to “censor” retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter in a “premeditated” move. Kemter shared his Memorial Day speech in advance with Suchan, who asked him to remove a part of his speech, and he didn’t, according to the department. continue   The Women Who Preserved the Story of the Tulsa Race Massa

Georgia Board of Education Votes to Censor American History #BigIsms

 The nature of racism today is what is left unsaid and unexamined. The state board drafted a resolution restricting classroom discussion of racism, then blocked comments from the YouTube livestream. ...the political reality remains: a purple state on the knife’s edge of flipping permanently Democratic because it has run out of racially resentful white voters. Source: Georgia Board of Education Votes to Censor American History

The Other Slavery

Andrés Reséndez ON HIS BOOK THE OTHER SLAVERY A landmark history — the sweeping story of the enslavement of tens of thousands of Indians across America, from the time of the conquistadors up to the early 20th century. Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering  The Other Slavery , it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors, then forced to descend into the “mouth of hell” of eighteenth-century silver mines or, later, made to serve as domestics for Mormon settlers and rich Anglos. NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Judges Citation: The Other Slavery upends conventional historiography to show how slavery, more than epidemics, led to the catastrophic decline of Native populations in the Americas. Andrés Reséndez tracks slavers across centuries,

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