1940s film Don't Be A Sucker

  Here's a clip from the short film "Don't Be a Sucker" that I think everyone should watch. This was made in the 1940s by the United States government to educate people about prejudice and discrimination. — Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) December 1, 2022  


The Ancestors: “They are the mystery that envelopes our dream. They are the power that shall unite us. They are the strange truth of the earth. They came from the womb of the universe…” –“In Praise of the Ancestors,” by Mazisi Kunene KENTAKE BLOG “Captured, chained, sold, My soul lament because it wants to know the identity of she who was captured in Afrika and taken to the Americas and is the root of my family tree The identity of she the mother of all my mothers until there was me. But there is no one to tell me because nobody knows…” ~ Meserette Kentake

In The News #BigIsms | #Reparations for Black Americans can work. Here’s how.

Reparations for Black Americans can work. Here’s how. Andrew Delbanco, November 21, 2022, The Washington Post Reparations — the idea that a decent society must accept responsibility in the present for injustices perpetrated in the past — have been imagined in various ways through the course of American history. But until now, the idea of reparations for the crime of slavery, as well as for its long aftermath of racial subjugation, has run into objections — both principled and practical — that have shut down any effort to turn the idea into reality. Reparations must be reimagined in a way that could turn aspiration into action. First, we must contend with the kind of questions that have stalled such efforts in the past: What connection should one feel to acts committed or omitted before one was born? How can the cost be calculated of living at the mercy of a person who claims to own you, and of knowing that the same will be true for your children and their children? E

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Is a Comprehensive U.S. History Course Still Possible? Scholars Weigh In Ileana Najarro, November 16, 2022, Education Week How do you teach an inclusive U.S. history course? What does such a course look like? And how do teachers put one together when facing legal restrictions on how they can discuss race and gender in class? These were some of the key questions addressed by a panel of researchers and historians earlier this month. They are also some of the most pressing ones for K-12 social studies teachers, as a growing number of state leaders work to limit or ban classroom instruction and school library books that provide context for discussing the various perspectives at play in history. The panel was held as part of a conference hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition’s conference at Yale University. While panelists cited these legal barriers and other challenges when trying to teach U.S. history from a pluralist

Untold stories of the past (Northampton, MA)

 Historic Northampton examines city’s legacy of slavery By STEVE PFARRER Gazette Staff Writer | 11/10/2022     For at least the last three-plus decades, Northampton has been known as a very liberal community, where protesters regularly hold rallies against social injustice, war and racism, and where abolitionist Sojourner Truth is remembered with a larger-than-life statue and memorial events. But colonial Northampton, like many communities in early America, was a town where slavery was a part of everyday life. As researchers at Historic Northampton have now determined, there were likely at least 50 Black men and women enslaved in the city, primarily from the late 17th century through much of the 18th century — and at least two Native Americans were enslaved here, too. In the “Slavery Research Project,” staff at Historic Northampton, with the help of several college interns and a number of local scholars, have combed through some 12,000 pages of digitized and

In the News #BigIsms | Germany's genocide in Namibia | Frederick Douglass Book Prize Tiya Miles

'Our Auschwitz, our Dachau’: Reckoning with Germany's genocide in Namibia. Hamilton Wende, 6 November 2022, Al Jazeera Waterberg, Namibia - The lacy shadows of the acacia trees lie over the dry grass. A chilly winter breeze sighs through the branches. In the sparse shade, Jephta Nguherimo, a lifelong activist for restorative justice for the Herero people, holds the rusted remains of some military equipment, it's impossible to tell now what it might have been used for. The 59-year-old throws it back on the ground. “I’m thinking of all the women and children who died here,” he says. He is standing on the site of the Battle of Waterberg where, on August 11, 1904, the German colonial army decimated Herero rebels who were fighting the colonists who had imposed their rule on the country and seized much of its land. The killings were part of a German campaign of collective punishment between 1904 and 1908 that is today recognised as the 20th century’s first gen

Harvard Museum Says It Has Hair Clippings from 700 Native Children Who Attended Indian Boarding Schools

  WOODBURY: Between 1930-1933, anthropologist George Edward Woodbury, Curator of the State Historical Society of Colorado, was researching potential connections between Indigenous communities to study human variation and support early anthropological theories around the peopling of North America. To build this collection of hair samples, Woodbury reached out to other anthropologists and archaeologists, as well as administrators at a wide variety of U.S. Indian reservations, U.S. Indian boarding schools, and Canadian hospitals as well as missionaries worldwide. He collected approximately 1,500 samples from Asia, Central America, North America, Oceania, and South America. The Colorado State Museum published a short paper by Woodbury and his wife, Edna Woodbury, about this work in 1932. In 1935, Woodbury came to Harvard University to serve as a lecturer and research fellow in anthropology. Woodbury brought the collection with him. In 1938, Woodbury left Harvard and the discip

Book Ban Crisis

  This is a crisis. As the Prindle Post (a publication examining ethical issues) reports , Throughout the summer, armed Idaho citizens showed up at library board meetings at a small library in Bonners Ferry to demand that a list of 400 books be taken off of the shelves. The books in question were not, in fact, books that this particular library carried. In response to the ongoing threats against the library, its insurance company declined to continue to cover them, citing increased risk of violence or harm that might take place in the building. The director of the library, Kimber Glidden , resigned her position in response to the situation, citing personal threats and angry armed protestors showing up at her private home demanding that she remove the “pornography” from the shelves of her library. This behavior is far from limited to the state of Idaho . In Oklahoma, Summer Boismier , an English teacher at Norman High School was put on leave because she told her students

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How Saidiya Hartman Changed the Study of Black Life Elias Rodriques interviews Saidiya Hartman, November 3, 2022, The Nation Saidiya Hartman has shaped studies of Black life for over two decades. Her first book, 1997’s  Scenes of Subjection , argued that slavery was foundational to the American project and its notions of liberty. Her follow-up, 2006’s  Lose Your Mother , combines elements of historiography and memoir in exploring the experience and legacy of enslavement. Here she first used a speculative method of writing history given the silences of the archive. And her most recent book, 2019’s  Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments , examines the revolution of everyday life enacted in the practices of young Black women and queer people that created and sustained expansive notions of freedom. After 25 years, Hartman’s influence is everywhere. Her coining of the phrase “the afterlife of slavery” changed the ways that historians consider the long ramifications of the cha

Teaching Race & Slavery in the American Classroom: KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

  GLC 24th Annual Conference: Teaching Race & Slavery in the American Classroom (video recordings)  Video from the GLC's 24th Annunal  conference on Teaching Race & Slavery in the American Classroom are available on the GLC's YouTube channel .

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  The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, Dynamic Harlem Pastor, Dies at 73 Sam Roberts, October 28, 2022, The New York Times The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, the Harlem preacher whose talent for oratory and political savvy was a force for social and racial justice, and who raised $1 billion to remake America’s most storied and influential Black neighborhoods, died on Friday at his Harlem home. He was 73. His son Calvin O. Butts IV said the cause was pancreatic cancer. In Mr. Butts’s three decades as pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, his work reflected the dramatic changes in how Americans confronted the nation’s history of racism. In New York, he challenged the white power structure and turned promises into action, creating educational, commercial and homeownership opportunities for Harlem residents. He took inspiration from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and by the dawn of the 21st century was a partner of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in attempting to creat

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