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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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