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A circa 1830 illustration of a slave auction in America.

‘The Slaves Dread New Year’s Day the Worst’: The Grim History of January 1

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The Dark History of New Year’s Day in American Slavery “Of all days in the year, the slaves dread New Year’s Day the worst of any,” one 1842 account explained. Here’s why. By Olivia B. Waxman, Times — Americans are likely to think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to celebrate the fresh start that a new year represents, but there is also a troubling…

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Norse chessmen, from a Viking hoard, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

White Supremacists Have Weaponized an Imaginary Viking Past. It’s Time to Reclaim the Real History

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Real Viking society was multicultural and multiracial. So where does the white supremacist vision of their genealogy come from? By Dorothy Kim, Times — After New Zealand passed new gun laws this week, most automatic and semi-automatic weapons have become outlawed there as of Friday — a swift response to the March 15 shootings in Christchurch that left 50 Muslim men, women and children dead at the hands of an alleged white supremacist terrorist….

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A drug seller's story: Corvain - Drug Policy Alliance

Rethinking the “Drug Dealer”

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By Alyssa Stryker, DPA — Policymakers in the United States increasingly recognize that drug use should be treated as a public health issue instead of a criminal issue. Most, however, continue to support harsh criminal sentences for people who are involved with drug selling or distribution. With more than 68,000 people in the United States dying from accidental drug overdoses in 2018 alone, many people are searching for someone to blame…

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White Nationalists Are Running the White House

White Nationalists Are Running the White House

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The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch report on the leaked emails of Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller shows the deep connections he has to racist white nationalists. Story by The Real News Network. Transcript and video below. Story Transcript MARC STEINER: Welcome, everybody, to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner. Good to have you with us. Stephen Miller is a leading policy advisor to Donald Trump. He may also…

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Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet” - Harriet Tubman Movie.

The Stunning Achievement of Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet”

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By Richard Brody, The New Yorker — A common failure of movies, especially historical ones, is that they don’t open their drama to intellectual context or to the inner lives of their characters. Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet” is a bold and accomplished exception: this bio-pic of Harriet Tubman develops her actions as a freer of enslaved people with ardent and detailed attention to the prophetic visions that impel her, and the…

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Dr. Ray Winbush

Ben and Jerry’s Support of HR 40 Might Mainstream the Reparations Discussion

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The iconic, progressive ice cream company is in favor of a House Bill that would develop reparations proposals—a sign that attitudes towards a once-radical answer to racial parity are shifting. Story Transcript JACQUELINE LUQMAN: This is Jacqueline Luqman with The Real News Network. Reparations for African Americans or the descendants of Africans brought to the US to be enslaved is a socially and politically charged topic. Widely discussed and advocated within…

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Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign

Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign

By Reparations

By Marty Johnson, The Hill — Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson on Wednesday released her first television ad of her campaign. The ad is titled “Reparations — An Idea Whose Time Has Come.” As the 60-second spot’s name suggests, the commercial is centered around one of Williamson’s main issues of focus: reparations for American descendants of slavery. When asked in the commercial why she supports reparations, the Democratic longshot answers, “I’ve been talking…

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ACLU Reparations Graphic

History of slavery and resiliency brings national reparations forum to Charleston on Nov. 2

By Editors' Choice, NAARC Posts, Reparations

The city of Charleston, South Carolina chosen for its “deep connection to slavery” and its legacies. By Skyler Baldwin, Charleston City Paper  — The announcement came last week for a national forum, titled “Enslavement to Reparations: A 400 Year Journey for Justice,” discussing H.R. 40, introduced by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, to establish a commission to explore and discuss a national apology and options for reparations for slavery. This event was…

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Students at Concord Middle School study the abolitionist movement from a local perspective with artifacts provided by the Concord Museum.

Americans show spotty knowledge about the history of slavery but acknowledge its enduring effects

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Emily Guskin, Scott Clement and Joe Heim, The Washington Post — Americans have spotty knowledge of central facts about the history of slavery in the United States, although younger adults have an edge over their elders, according to a Washington Post-SSRS poll. Even so, a solid majority say the legacy of slavery affects American society today, including majorities across racial, partisan and generational lines. The Post-SSRS poll quizzed a random…

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A police officer aims his weapon after demonstrators

Haiti protesters ask the international community to stop supporting their president

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By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald — A massive crowd of anti-government protesters in Haiti cranked up the pressure for President Jovenel Moïse to step down Friday, taking their resignation demands to the United Nation’s peacekeeping headquarters in Port-au-Prince, where they asked the international community to stop supporting the country’s leader. Tying up traffic in front of Toussaint Louverture International Airport, the demonstrators — who later burned tires in front of…

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