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So ... Um ... I Think Politico Just Published an Argument for Slavery. In 2018 (Yes, That Slavery) So ... Um ... I Think Politico Just Published an Argument for Slavery. In 2018 (Yes, That Slavery)

On Tuesday, Politico published “Sponsor an Immigrant Yourself”—a thought exercise from people allegedly named “Eric Posner” and “Glen Weyl” that attempts to solve our immigration debate by thinking so far out of the box that the box now can only be seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. They’re so out of the box, in…

Today Is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday—and a Good Time to Remind You He Did Not Free the Slaves Today Is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday—and a Good Time to Remind You He Did Not Free the Slaves

Monday is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Kentucky. He was the 16th president of the United States, serving from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lauded as one of this nation’s best and brightest leaders, Lincoln is often credited with freeing the slaves through his…

Surprise, Surprise: Survey Reveals That American Students Are Not Being Adequately Taught About Slavery Surprise, Surprise: Survey Reveals That American Students Are Not Being Adequately Taught About Slavery

Water is wet; also, a new survey from the Southern Poverty Law Center has drawn attention to the fact that students in the United States are not being taught the full truth about slavery, leaving them inadequately educated on the subject.

New Slave Narrative Tells Story of Woman Who Escaped to Freedom on Underground Railroad New Slave Narrative Tells Story of Woman Who Escaped to Freedom on Underground Railroad

A newly available slave narrative tells the story of a Maryland woman who escaped slavery and traveled the Underground Railroad on a yearslong journey to Auburn, N.Y. The 12-page manuscript was penned by Julia C. Ferris, a white teacher who sat down with a former slave named Jane Clark, and it was never available to…

Amazon Scrubs Site of Clothing With Slogan ‘Slavery Gets Shit Done’

So, some asshat thought it would be a good idea to sell on Amazon.com children’s clothing featuring the slogan “Slavery gets shit done,” prompting the online retail giant to scrub the site of the hideous items after backlash.

Michigan State University Receives Almost $1,500,000 to Create Online Slavery Database Michigan State University Receives Almost $1,500,000 to Create Online Slavery Database

Michigan State University will receive nearly $1.5 million to create a new online database that will allow folks to navigate the records of millions of enslaved people and their descendants, a boon for historians and African Americans who are interested in knowing more about their ancestry.

Libyan Slavery Is Wrong, and It’s Partly America’s Fault. So Why Aren’t We Doing More About It? Libyan Slavery Is Wrong, and It’s Partly America’s Fault. So Why Aren’t We Doing More About It?

In November, CNN broke a story about modern-day slavery in Libya that went viral. Grainy video showed men and women being beaten and being sold for less than the cost of a smartphone.

Roy Moore Thinks America Was Better When Slavery Was in Place Roy Moore Thinks America Was Better When Slavery Was in Place

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of a lot of things. He’s referred to Asian Americans and Native Americans as “yellows” and “reds” like they’re fucking M&M’s. Multiple allegations have come forth suggesting that he has a predilection for underage girls. The man is seriously problematic,…

My Mother Is White, I Am Not: On Being Biracial Without Identity Issues My Mother Is White, I Am Not: On Being Biracial Without Identity Issues

Editor’s note: This piece speaks from the perspective of being biracial with black and white parents. I realize that other biracial ethnic mixes may or may not share any of these experiences.

Meet ‘Angela,’ One of the 1st Slaves to Arrive in America Meet ‘Angela,’ One of the 1st Slaves to Arrive in America

What if we could put names and faces to the Africans who were brought over to America as slaves in 1619? Would it humanize slavery instead of making it a category in American history that people love to conveniently forget or urge black folks to “just get over it”?

How Obama’s ‘Worst Mistake’ Led to the Libyan Slave Trade  How Obama’s ‘Worst Mistake’ Led to the Libyan Slave Trade 

When CNN broke the story several weeks ago that slavery—not wage slavery, not emotional slavery, not virtual slavery, but actual whips-and-chains-forced labor slavery—was alive and well in the North African nation of Libya, Americans finally started to take notice. Sort of.

Roy Moore Will Win Alabama’s Senate Seat Because Southern Folks Don’t Like Being Told What to Do Roy Moore Will Win Alabama’s Senate Seat Because Southern Folks Don’t Like Being Told What to Do

Let’s be clear: Nobody likes being told what to do. I hate it when my mortgage company sends me an email letting me know my payment is due on the first of each month. It’s set to autopay, but I ALWAYS consider disabling that option and paying it on, like, the 14th JUST because they’re yapping about me paying a bill…

‘We Cannot Remain Silent’: Rwanda Offers to Take in 30,000 African Migrants at Risk for Being Sold Into Slavery ‘We Cannot Remain Silent’: Rwanda Offers to Take in 30,000 African Migrants at Risk for Being Sold Into Slavery

It has almost become a mantra these days: “I can’t believe that this is happening in 2017.” The way race relations in the U.S. are going, we could be in 1917, or 1817, especially with the recent exposé of the sale of people—black people—in this the year of our Lord.

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…

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