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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: Bookends Of A Great American Life

Douglass, striking in appearance and speech, became the first public speaker to tell the story of American slavery from personal experience. After his spellbinding oratory on Nantucket Island, Douglass became a sensation on the anti-slavery circuit.

March 11, 2017
Ben Carson, slaves

Does Ben Carson Know The Difference Between Slaves And Immigrants?

Immigrants relocated. Slaves were relocated. They had no more say in the matter than a chair moved from one side of a room to the other. It’s pathetic to have to explain that to a 65-year-old African-American man.

March 8, 2017
Danziger on Carson slavery gaffe

Danziger: A Nation Of Immigrants, Mostly

Did Trump appoint Ben Carson to his cabinet so he would look smarter? Or to benefit cartoonists like Danziger? The housing secretary’s recent description of African slaves as “immigrants” will be hard to top, but that will never stop Carson from trying.

March 7, 2017

#EndorseThis: Bill O’Reilly Insists White House Slaves ‘Well Fed And Had Decent Lodgings’

Enslaved families across America were split apart, rape was common, and human life was a commodity to be traded worldwide. But hey, food and shelter. Let’s move on.

July 27, 2016
People take part in a protest against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter during a march in New York July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The Demons Of Our Racist Past Still Haunt Us

There is nothing new about police violence toward black citizens, nothing unusual about bias in the criminal justice system, nothing unexpected about the institutional racism that conspires to imprison black Americans disproportionately.

July 17, 2016
Roots still

‘Roots’ Kindles In Us The Courage To Confront The History That Made Us

So it was on a Sunday night, the 23rd of January, in 1977. Your black friends simmered like a pot left too long on the stove. Your white friends tiptoed past you like an unexploded bomb. We had all watched the first episode of “Roots.” Now we no longer knew how to talk to one another.

May 29, 2016
Harriet Tubman

Tubman’s Twenty Moves Us Closer To A More Perfect Union

The racially intolerant are losing the battle for primacy in the American story. They no longer dominate the nation’s culture or mythology, as the changes in the currency illustrate.

April 23, 2016
Harriet Tubman

The Way Of The World, Hamilton, Jackson and Tubman

One treasury secretary has saved another. Isn’t that the way of the world? History has its eyes on you, Jacob Lew.

April 22, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama attends a meeting with the National Security Council at the State Department Washington

If Obama Wasn’t ‘Black’ Before, He Certainly Is Now

To be black is not to share a common geography, class or family status, but rather, the common experience of being insulted, bullied and oppressed by people who think they are white.

February 29, 2016

‘This Is What Erasure Looks Like’

We are witness to the vandalism of African-American memory, to acts of radical revision and wholesale theft that strike at the core of black identity. Once your past is gone, who are you?

October 12, 2015

Dear Texas: What Are You Afraid Of Now?

Texas, you go ahead and try to poison the minds of your children, but this version of history won’t fool the independent thinkers among them.

July 9, 2015

A More Perfect Union Comes From Accounting For The Past

The building of America was a violent, oppressive, and racist undertaking, not simply a virtuous tale of brave men breaking away from the overweening British Empire.

July 4, 2015

How The Civil War Never Ended For Black America

By righting a 150-year-old wrong, re-enactors aim to help remedy long untreated ills at the root of today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement

May 19, 2015

Travelling The Underground Railroad

Where the safe-houses of the Underground Railroad still stand.

May 14, 2015

Leslie Jones’ ‘Weekend Update’ Jokes Stir Controversy

By Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune It took four long months for a black woman to really plant her flag on Saturday Night Live, but it was well worth the wait. Saturday’s episode of SNL featured an appearance by Leslie Jones, a new addition to the writing staff, in a “Weekend Update” segment designed to test […]

May 5, 2014

Can The GOP Save Itself From The Desire To Make A Hero Of Cliven Bundy?

Even after he suggested that black people were better off under slavery, Cliven Bundy probably could still be elected to the House of Representatives in certain districts, if he were the Republican nominee. Safe House districts, a generous Senate map that forces Democrats to defend seven seats in states Mitt Romney won, and a president […]

April 25, 2014

Healing Starts With ’12 Years A Slave’

A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see 12 Years a Slave now? It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I’ll even spring for the popcorn. You see, I keep encountering folks, mostly African-American, who have decided that they […]

March 5, 2014
Ben Carson, Slavery, Obamacare, History, GOP, Memo Pad, Politics

Dr. Ben Carson Sinks To A New Low

Dr. Ben Carson equates Obamacare to slavery. He could use a history lesson.

October 16, 2013