Abolitionist Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century


The filibuster’s racist history, explained

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By Zack Beauchamp — The question of what to do about the filibuster — the once-arcane Senate rule that creates a de facto 60-vote threshold for major legislation — is arguably the most important topic in Washington, DC, right now. It is the thing blocking Senate Democrats from approving President Joe Biden’s sweeping policy agenda on party lines; as such, it has become a subject of fierce partisan (and intraparty) dispute. Most…

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The universal church taught that slavery enjoyed the sanction of Scripture and natural law.

The Catholic Church Played Major Role in Slavery

By Reparations

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor— “When the missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.” — Jomo Kenyatta, First President of Kenya, Africa The Catholic Church played a vital role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, according to historians and several published theses…

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Students at Georgetown University protest

Colleges confront their links to slavery and wrestle with how to atone for past sins

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By Calvin Schermerhorn — Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been taking a hard look at their ties to slavery. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon. Back in 2006, Brown University published a report showing that the university – from its construction to its endowment – participated in and benefited from the slave trade and slavery. And since then, several other colleges and universities have disclosed their ties to the…

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