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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]