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  America’s first vampire was Black and revolutionary – it’s time to remember him Sam George, October 30, 2020, The Conversation In April of 1819, a London periodical, the New Monthly Magazine , published  The Vampyre: A Tale by Lord Byron. Notice of its publication quickly appeared in papers in the United States. Byron was at the time enjoying remarkable popularity and this new tale, supposedly by the famous poet, caused a sensation as did its reprintings in Boston’s Atheneum (15 June) and Baltimore’s Robinson’s Magazine (26 June). The Vampyre did away with the East European peasant vampire of old. It took this monster out of the forests, gave him an aristocratic lineage and placed him into the drawing rooms of Romantic-era England. It was the first sustained fictional treatment of the vampire and completely recast the folklore and mythology on which it drew. By July, Byron’s denial of authorship was being reported and by August the true author was discovered, John

Incarceration Nation

  To Watch  Incarceration Nation is a powerful documentary that tells the story of the systematic injustice and oppression of Aboriginal people since colonisation. The film takes its audience on a journey from the past into the present and shines a spotlight on incarceration in Australia. To find out more about the film, visit the website  here . The film is available to view via  SBS On Demand .  The School That Tried to End Racism is a documentary series that follows a school program designed to provide a class of primary school students with the tools to identify racial bias and make a positive change. The show is available via  ABC iview .   

Study Shows Correlation Between Number of Confederate Monuments and Lynchings

The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”     by Hakim Bishara SOURCE  Opponents of the removal of Confederate monuments in the United States have long defended them as emblems of “Southern pride,” rather than symbols of racism and hate. However, a recent study by researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville found a damning correlation between the number of documented lynchings of Black people in a county with the number of local Confederate monuments. The research group was led by Kyshia Henderson of UVA’s Social Psychology Program, who worked with data scientist Samuel Powers and professors Sophie Trawalter, Michele Claibourn, and Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi at the university’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Analyzing county-level data from 1832 to 1950, they concluded that that the number of lynchings in a giv

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  In the News Built on the bodies of slaves: how Africa was erased from the history of the modern world Howard W. French, 12 October 2021, The Guardian It would be unusual for a story that begins in the wrong place to arrive at the right conclusions. And so it is with the history of how the modern world was made. Traditional accounts have accorded a primacy to Europe’s 15th-century Age of Discovery, and to the maritime connection it established between west and east. Paired with this historic feat is the momentous, if accidental, discovery of what came to be known as the New World. Other explanations for the emergence of the modern world reside in the ethics and temperament that some associate with Judeo-Christian beliefs, or with the development and spread of the scientific method, or, more chauvinistically still, with Europeans’ often-professed belief in their unique ingenuity and inventiveness. In the popular imagination, these ideas have become associated with th

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Black Lives Matter, She Wrote. Then ‘Everything Just Imploded.’ Erica L. Green, October 10, 2021, The New York Times CENTREVILLE, Md. — When Andrea Kane sat down to write a letter to parents in her school district days after George Floyd’s death in 2020, images of the Black man pleading for his life under the knee of a white Minnesota police officer were haunting her. Dr. Kane, the superintendent, saw him in the faces of Black students in her district and heard him crying out for his mother when she spoke to her own sons. So she started her letter with a warning that it would bear not just “good news,” but “a bit of a reality check.” Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the high-performing district on the Eastern Shore of Maryland had closed out the year with much to be proud of. But like the rest of the country, Dr. Kane said, the community had another crisis to confront. continue   Francis Scott Key: One of the anti-slavery movement’s great villains Bennett Par

IN THE NEWS #BigIsms "Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?"

  In the News Eric Williams and the tangled history of capitalism and slavery Gerald Horne, October 2, 2021, The Nation Before he became a celebrated author and the founding father and first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Eustace Williams was an adroit footballer. At his high school, Queen’s Royal College, he was a fierce competitor, which likely led to an injury that left him deaf in his right ear. Yet as Williams’s profile as a scholar and national leader rose, so did the attempts by his critics to turn his athleticism against him. An “expert dribbler” known for prancing downfield with the ball kissing one foot, then the other, Williams was now accused by his political detractors of not being a team player. Driven by his desire to play to the gallery—or so it was said—he proved to be uninterested in whether his team (or his nation, not to mention the erstwhile British Commonwealth) was victorious. What his critics described as a weakness, though, was al

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Lumbee faceoff with KKK

In campaign for U.S. House, new ad for NC state Rep. Charles Graham (Lumbee) recalls Lumbee Tribe’s 1958 faceoff with the KKK October 5, 2021 Wenona T. Singel Click on the image below to view the ad: Odessa American, Jan. 20, 1958  

There’s a problem with teaching 19th-century American literature in Hawai’i

  We Are Not American!: Teaching and Learning the 19th Century from Hawai’i There’s a problem with teaching 19th-century American literature in Hawai’i . The problem arises from the fact that during the 19th century, Hawai’i was not, and, according to many Kanaka Maoli still is not, part of America . In 1893, the US overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom and its sovereign Queen Lili’uokalani, and in 1898 illegally annexed the Hawaiian islands, despite massive resistance from Hawaiian people. Hawai’i’s specific history is a particularly glaring and relatively recent example of the colonial situation under which 19th-century American literature is taught throughout the U.S.: it is all taught on stolen land . Hawai’i’s history and location, and how this place makes it impossible to forget about colonialism, present an opportunity for thinking about the challenges and paradoxes of teaching 19th-century American literature both in the islands and throug

A Field Guide to White Supremacy

  What Is White Replacement Theory? Explaining The White Supremacist Rhetoric  NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Kathleen Belew, co-editor of "A Field Guide to White Supremacy" about Great Replacement Theory, also known as White Replacement Theory.   READ

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  CT educators share what is being taught in their classrooms amid growing outrage about Critical Race Theory Adria Watson, September 23, 2021, The CT Mirror As the school year resumes, so has an accusation creating tension in communities here and around the country: that teachers striving to help students understand how racism has influenced American society are using Critical Race Theory in their classrooms. In Manchester, a second-grade teacher took to social media earlier this month to announce her resignation because she felt her racially diverse district was covertly embracing Critical Race Theory through “cloaked terms like ‘equity.’” And in Guilford — where five conservative activists invoked Critical Race Theory to win a Republican primary last week — teachers like George Cooksey are being drowned out by those who say classrooms in his district are teaching “anti-white” lessons to students. continue   Descendants of early Black Yale graduates tell their s

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