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Tracing Your Roots: What Are My
In-Laws’ Texas Slavery Roots? Tracing Your Roots: What Are My In-Laws’ Texas Slavery Roots?

Her mother-in-law’s paternal roots lie in what was once Texas’ richest county, made so off the backs of slaves.

We Get It. It’s Harvey Weinstein’s News Cycle. But What About Our Black Girls?  We Get It. It’s Harvey Weinstein’s News Cycle. But What About Our Black Girls? 

I stopped watching broadcast news five years ago, after a sex crime was reported in close proximity to where I live. The local news was beginning to feel like trauma porn and was much too close to home.

Jemele Hill, Jerry Jones, the NCAA and the Sports Slave System Jemele Hill, Jerry Jones, the NCAA and the Sports Slave System

Stop. Before you object to my use of the word “slave,” let us be clear: I do not mean “slave” in the way you are thinking.

10 Black Things I Did While Watching Last Night’s Super-Black Season 4 Premiere of Black-ish 10 Black Things I Did While Watching Last Night’s Super-Black Season 4 Premiere of Black-ish

After last night, the ABC show Black-ish should change its name to Black-AF. Kenya Barris and crew decided that they wanted the crown for blackest prime-time television episode of all time (appropriately titled “Juneteenth”) and basically created a live-action version of a super-black episode of Family Guy complete…

Calif. High School Sparks Criticism for Using Slave-Ship Role-Play to Teach Students History Calif. High School Sparks Criticism for Using Slave-Ship Role-Play to Teach Students History

A California high school’s “unique learning experience” designed to teach its students about slavery is drawing national attention after a concerned mother spoke out about it last week.

Whiteness Is Useless Without the Nigger Whiteness Is Useless Without the Nigger

“What would white people do without the nigger?” It’s a question that courses and bleeds through Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The First White President.” It’s never asked explicitly, but it lurks beneath each point, ensconced in the piece’s premise: a fundamental and connective marrow. And it’s been with me since Sunday…

Tracing Your Roots:
Who Were My Granddad’s Enslaved Parents? Tracing Your Roots: Who Were My Granddad’s Enslaved Parents?

A reader encounters the proverbial brick wall that African Americans encounter in antebellum genealogy research.

Are We Returning to Jim Crow? Are We Returning to Jim Crow?

When Donald Trump campaigned on the slogan “Make America great again,” many of us saw it for what it was: coded language for taking the mask—or the hood, as it were—off of white supremacy.

British Politician Caught on Tape Using N-Word in Vile Comments About Brexit British Politician Caught on Tape Using N-Word in Vile Comments About Brexit

A pro-Brexit Conservative member of the British parliament is facing calls for her removal by embattled Prime Minister Theresa May after she was caught on tape calling the idea of leaving the European Union without a plan a “real nigger in the woodpile.”

Ala. Mayor Wants New Orleans’ Recently Disassembled Confederate Monuments for Display in His City’s Memorial Park, Because of Course He Does Ala. Mayor Wants New Orleans’ Recently Disassembled Confederate Monuments for Display in His City’s Memorial Park, Because of Course He Does

Seems like one Alabama mayor wants to collect all the white supremacist last-place trophies, including those that have already been discarded by states that either know or are learning to do better. In this case, Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail claims he’s gotten nothing but a thumbs-up from his constituents after…

Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions and America’s Secret Slave System Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions and America’s Secret Slave System

Contrary to popular belief, slavery was never outlawed in the United States. This statement is not a debatable, half-twisted analysis or a cynical opinion. It is a fact.

Ivanka Trump Used a Toni Morrison Quote to Compare Rich Working Women’s Schedules to Actual Slavery Ivanka Trump Used a Toni Morrison Quote to Compare Rich Working Women’s Schedules to Actual Slavery

As we all know, 1997 Seventeen magazine cover girl and Donald Trump’s faux feminist Iago Ivanka Trump has a book out, in which she repeats already oft-repeated platitudes about female empowerment in the workplace. While I have not read the book myself, the internet tells me that she makes broad points about work-life…

University Students Vote to Give Free Tuition as Slave Reparations University Students Vote to Give Free Tuition as Slave Reparations

One of the most infamous tactics used in America’s history of delaying and denying justice is “sparking a conversation.” If that phrase is ever uttered, you can be sure that whatever promise follows will never come to fruition because “sparking a conversation” never results in action. When slave owners brought human…

Georgetown University and Jesuits Issue Apologies for Their Role in Slavery Georgetown University and Jesuits Issue Apologies for Their Role in Slavery

Last year Georgetown University acknowledged the role it played in slavery when, in 1838, it benefited from the sale of 272 slaves to pay off debts. The sellers of the slaves were Jesuits, part of the group of Catholics who helped establish Georgetown University. To atone, on Tuesday, the Rev. Timothy Kesicki,…

Why This Season’s Underground Should Be in Every Conversation About the War on Drugs Why This Season’s Underground Should Be in Every Conversation About the War on Drugs

Over the last few years, I have spent a lot of time thinking, talking and writing about the war on drugs, particularly how it affects black women. And it is clear that the writers of WGN’s Underground, the exceptional runaway hit show that tracks the movements on the Underground Railroad, have been, too.

Black Georgetown Employee Finds Out School Sold His Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Black Georgetown Employee Finds Out School Sold His Great-Great-Great-Grandmother

One Georgetown University employee recently found out that he was tied to the school by more than a paycheck.

‘I Brought You in This World and I’ll Take You Out’: How Black Folks’ Obsession With Whupping Is Killing Us ‘I Brought You in This World and I’ll Take You Out’: How Black Folks’ Obsession With Whupping Is Killing Us

Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America is one of those necessary African-American reads, like Between the World and Me; I’m Judging You; and Coldest Winter Ever. It’s not just for dinnertime conversation or deep professional panels, it’s for everyone. Spare the Kids, written by Stacey Patton,…

7 Times Harriet
Tubman Was a Badass Superhero 7 Times Harriet Tubman Was a Badass Superhero

Harriet Tubman is having a moment. Right now she is the “it” girl of history.

Underground: A Stellar Slave Tale Even if You’re Slaved Out Underground: A Stellar Slave Tale Even if You’re Slaved Out

Whenever I hear skinfolk exclaim that they are exhausted by slave-related stories, my immediate reaction traditionally is to extend to them the invitation to shut their black asses up. About a year ago, though, I inadvertently behaved like the kind of people I have written about. The kind who more or less profess to…

Samuel L. Jackson on Ben Carson’s ‘Immigrants’: ‘MUTHAF--KA PLEASE!!!’ Samuel L. Jackson on Ben Carson’s ‘Immigrants’: ‘MUTHAF--KA PLEASE!!!’

Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson proved Monday that he knows absolutely nothing about slavery. Then Samuel L. Jackson proved that he has no problem calling the head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a dickhead.

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