Posts Tagged ‘slavery

25
Jan
16

140 Characters Of Food For Thought

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22
Jul
15

Profit and Loss – Why #BlackLivesMatter Matters

The BBC just began a documentary series (a real one, not the crap foisted upon us by History or Discovery) entitled “Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.” Written and presented by historian David Olusoga, it details Britain’s abolition of slavery, and how much it cost the country.

A commission was empaneled to determine compensation. The compensation had a budget of £20 million. In today’s money, according to Measuring Worth, that amounts from almost £2 billion at the low end to almost £80 billion at the high end. (What’s a few billion among friends?)

Of course, here’s the thing: the outlay wasn’t to compensate the 800,000 slaves. It was to compensate the slave owners.

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08
Apr
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Barack Obama

President Barack Obama waves during his arrival on Air Force One, at Norman Manley International Airport in Palisadoes, Jamaica

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Barack Obama, Yvette D. Clarke

President Barack Obama accompanied by Rep. Yvette D Clarke, D-NY, step from Air Force One

Barack Obama, Portia Simpson-Miller

U.S. President Obama gets a hug from  from Jamaica's Prime Minister Simpson Miller as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston

President Barack Obama is greeted by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller

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Black people must be wondering if there is any positive in calling the cops if they need help; it just might result in them getting killed by the same people sworn to protect and serve

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If a video hadn’t emerged, these lies would have been believed by some in the public that still 100% trusts cops. Walter Scott didn’t struggle with the cop for his taser. The cop planted it by his dead body after murdering him

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01
Apr
15

A Tweet Or Two

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People need to stop doing this. It is hurtful and makes good people shy away from doing good deeds

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LOL. This is what happens when you’re a bigot. You want to be a racist, a bigot, or prejudiced? You deserve to be mocked. To those saying, “this is so inappropriate,” good for your privilege. You’re not the one being marginalized. Bravo to those fighting back

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Good read

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Wow. You visit a plantation but don’t want to learn about the slaves and only want to whitewash their existence. What a horrible person

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When offensive and stupid April Fools “jokes” go wrong

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The cops burned his body. W.T.F.

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White supremacy in a nutshell as explained by Ali

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On point commentary by Sandy1110 in response to the Ali tweet

I think he’s on the money, Chips. Think about Megan Kelly on Fox – I think she was the one who went into a snit about Jesus and Santa Claus being white. I remember Bobby Kennedy putting out the question “What if Jesus is black?” Some people don’t want to go there. As Muhammad Ali said, this nation is conditioned to believe that white is the best at everything.

It also ties in with what LBJ said 50 years ago – to paraphrase, if you give the lowest white man something to look down on, he’ll empty his pockets for you. That was how southern politicians won whites – making them think that any and all of them were better than the BEST black man. That’s why we have the Sarah Palins and Tom Cottons – clearly not sharp tools – coming at this Harvard Law Review, with-honors President with unprecedented disrespect and arrogance.

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So much facepalm. You’re driving while Black, Isaiah. It doesn’t matter what car you drive. The cops will stop you

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Of course, Don Lemon loves foolishness like this

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30
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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This is insane

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Must Read

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27
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

#RelationshipGoals

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Audra McDonald for the freaking win

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This idea that if you’re white, you can’t be branded a terrorist, suicide bomber, or mass murderer; and that excuses must be made for you is perverted. p.s. Depression does not make one a mass murderer. There are depressed people all over the world in professional capacities, and they come in everyday and get their job done

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01
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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26
Feb
15

A Tweet Or Two And GGail’s Birthday

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If you saw Selma, (which you should. There are no excuses) this moment hit you like a punch to the gut. 47 years later, and another innocent life taken away. May both their souls rest in peace

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20
Feb
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Our education continues :)

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This is the horror that occurs when you don’t view people as human beings because of the color of their skin

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James Jameson, heir to the Jameson Irish Whiskey company, once bought a 10-year-old slave girl for six handkerchiefs because he wanted to sketch the event as cannibals killed, mutilated, and finally, ate her According to a report from The New York Times, Jameson had a fascination with cannibalism and wanted to experience the act firsthand. Jameson was on a trip in Africa in 1890 when an opportunity to fulfill his sick fantasy presented itself because he and his translator happened upon a cannibalistic tribe. Jameson consulted the tribe’s chiefs who told him if he wanted to witness the event, he’d have to buy a slave girl to be killed. Jameson returned a few minutes later with a 10-year-old girl he bought from a nearby slave trader for six handkerchiefs. The translator then approached the chiefs and said, “This is a present from a white man who desires to see her eaten.” According to an eye witness report of the scene, the cannibals tied the girl to a tree and stabbed her twice in the belly. The natives then cut pieces off of her body as Jameson sat sketching in his notebook. Jameson and his translator then made their way to chief’s hut where Jameson finished his sketches in watercolor.

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The same holds true once again

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In 1919, in the wake of World War I, black sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 people dead. The visits began in the fall of 1918, just as World War I ended. At his office in Little Rock, Arkansas, attorney Ulysses S. Bratton listened as African American sharecroppers from the Delta told stories of theft, exploitation, and endless debt. A man named Carter had tended 90 acres of cotton, only to have his landlord seize the entire crop and his possessions. From the town of Ratio, in Phillips County, Arkansas, a black farmer reported that a plantation manager refused to give sharecroppers an itemized account for their crop. Another sharecropper told of a landlord trying “to starve the people into selling the cotton at his own price. They ain’t allowing us down there room to move our feet except to go to the field.” No one could know it at the time, but within a year these inauspicious meetings would lead to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. Initiated by whites, the violence—by any measure, a massacre—claimed the lives of 237 African Americans, according to a just released report from the Equal Justice Initiative. The death toll was unusually high, but the use of racial violence to subjugate blacks during this time was not uncommon. As the Equal Justice Initiative observes, “Racial terror lynching was a tool used to enforce Jim Crow laws and racial segregation—a tactic for maintaining racial control by victimizing the entire African American community, not merely punishment of an alleged perpetrator for a crime.” This was certainly true of the massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas.

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*GROWL* Comic books come to life

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Never change, Canada

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05
Jul
14

Douglass Redux: What, to Women, is the 4th of July?

Douglass Redux: What, to Women, is the 4th of July?

 

by @zizii2

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On that sweltering July 5th 1852, exactly 162 years ago today, Frederick Douglass delivered his famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”, a speech uncensored in its brutal rebuke of the hypocrisy of America celebrating independence, while its black population remained shackled in slavery. I wonder what he would say today if he were here in our time. No doubt the brutality of slavery in his time can never be compared to anything going on today.

Yet in view of the determined aggression of America’s conservative forces in our time, to derail every single gain made in the last century to advance Democracy and make this country “a more perfect union,” one wonders what he’d say. In the lifework of Frederick Douglass in which he combined his abolitionist cause with the fight for Women’s Rights, he always saw the struggles of enslaved African Americans as intertwined with the struggles of ALL disenfranchised Americans.

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