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A drawing of one of the burials discovered at the site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center in Sugar Land, Tex.

Documenting ‘Slavery by Another Name’ in Texas

By News & Current Affairs

A drawing of one of the burials discovered at the site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center in Sugar Land, Tex. An African-American burial ground recently unearthed in Texas reveals details about an ugly chapter in the history of the American South. By The New York Times Editorial Board — Americans who grew up with the fiction that slavery was confined to the South — and that the North…

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Image is taken from the cover of Gerald Horne’s, The Counter-Revolution of 1776 (NYU press, 2014)

The Texas Counter-Revolution of 1836

By Reparations

The revolt of the Anglo colonists was more than an independence movement—it was, in word and deed, a counter-revolution against the advancing trend of human liberation that was sweeping the world. Richard D. Vogel, Monthly Review Online — The author wishes to acknowledge the insight provided by of the works of Gerald Horne, especially The Counter-Revolution of 1776, in the development of this thesis. The official history of the Texas Revolution…

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Five generations of a slave family.

American slavery: Separating fact from myth

By Reparations

By Daina Ramey Berry, The Conversation — People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t. Slavery has been…

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Tami Thomas-Pinkney with her daughter Trinity Handy on their front lawn in Port Arthur, Texas, across from one of the city's temporary dumpsites. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)

Why Is a Dump for Hurricane Harvey Debris Next to an African American Community?

By News & Current Affairs

Tami Thomas-Pinkney’s house in Port Arthur, Texas, was not damaged when Hurricane Harvey soaked the city with up to 28 inches of rain on August 29. But now, a month and a half after the storm, she is preparing to move. Across the street from her family’s home is a temporary dumpsite for storm debris, which she says is endangering her family’s health and making her home unlivable.

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Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas on August 31, 2017 (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez/Released)

Port Arthur Texas Hurricane Relief — HELP I’M HURTING

By Editors' Choice

Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Southeast TX  (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez) Hotep Family, I have visited Port Arthur several times over the years, so I know the community quite well. It is overwhelmingly Black with a significant low-income population. Over the past few days, over a thousand of it’s citizens, including well over 1,000 seniors, have been evicted from Section 8 housing because…

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