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Slavery Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

When will we cease to be presumed guilty?

By Editors' Choice

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.— BlaThe fury on the face of the woman was evident, despite the mask that she wore. And her self-righteousness that it had to have been the Black young man who took her phone was just mind-boggling. The irony, of course, is that the phone was found in the cab that she had previously used, but she had long since exited the hotel and was on her…

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How America Invented Race

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By Ed Bell, Clementine Briand, Pierce Freelon, Jonathan Halperin, Aaron Keane and Drew Takahashi— EPISODE 1 The white “race” was invented by rich Virginians in 1676 in the aftermath of a populous rebellion of impoverished, indentured, and enslaved Africans and Europeans now known as Bacon’s Rebellion. Source: World Channel

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The Whole Story in a Single Photo

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An image from the Capitol captures the distance between who we purport to be and who we have actually been. By Clint Smith— On Wednesday afternoon, as insurrectionists assaulted the Capitol, a man wearing a brown vest over a black sweatshirt walked through the halls of Congress with the Confederate battle flag hanging over his shoulder. One widely circulated photo, taken by Mike Theiler of Reuters, captured him mid-stride, part…

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What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

A program about reparations and why now?

By Reparations

By Patricia Yosha— Race Matters. At the beginning of 2020, the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter (FUUSE) sponsored two community discussions on racial issues and local racial history. Shortly after, the coronavirus pandemic took over, destroying lives inequitably among Black and brown people. Adding to that pain, police killings of Black people inspired demonstrations of racial reckoning all over the country. As we look…

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Reparations can take many forms. Let’s start by being honest about what we’ve wrought

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By Marcus Harrison Green— There is no resolution I crave more than for us to stop binging on lies. Like most opiates, they are as lethal to progress as they are numbing to awareness. My desire catalyzed nearly four years ago as I moderated a panel discussion of “I Am Not Your Negro” in Columbia City. A multiracial audience packed the Ark Lodge Cinemas to watch the James Baldwin documentary….

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University of Mississippi professors research legacy of slavery at state’s flagship university

By Reparations

By Brittany Brown— OXFORD — Five University of Mississippi professors, along with local community organizations and other campus partners, are exploring the history and impact of slavery at the university and in the Oxford community. The University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group (UMSRG) started as a 2013 book club consisting of several faculty and administrators where they read and discussed historian Craig Steven Wilder’s book, “Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery,…

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Who was Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Why Does He Matter Now?

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Reparations

By Julia Gaffield— Today is Haitian Independence Day, the anniversary of the revolution that defeated French colonialism. On January 1, 1804, Haiti became the second independent country in the Americas and the world’s first nation to permanently abolish slavery. But today is also a time to remember Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a military leader, politician, and a long-neglected hero of the Revolution who actually declared Haitian independence. Born enslaved in Saint-Domingue (Haiti’s colonial…

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Measure creating reparations committee advances at Illinois statehouse

By Reparations

By Greg Bishop— A measure advancing at the Illinois statehouse could create a commission to investigate reparations for communities impacted by slavery. House Bill 5024 sponsor state Rep. Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, advanced his measure out of the House State Government Committee Saturday. The bill would create a committee to look at the broader issue of reparations for the Black community, “versus writing a bill that would say this specifically is…

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Rep. Jackson Lee proposes commission to explore reparations for Black Americans

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Keydra Manns— Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is seeking reparations and more for Black Americans as a result of slavery. The subject of reparations is an often trending topic but lawmakers are hoping to bring it to fruition. Today, the first day of legislative business, Congresswoman Jackson Lee is submitting H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act. Her goal with the legislation is to study how slavery…

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Descendants of enslaved Blacks explore Virginia history

By Reparations

By Susan Svrluga — Growing up, George Monroe Jr. avoided the historical site that was just a few miles from his family’s property in Virginia, James Monroe’s Highland. “To be honest with you, the old folks, the family back in the day, they frowned on it,” he said. “Who really wants to go visit a plantation, knowing your family members were enslaved there?” But when an archaeological discovery there a…

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