Amerikan slavery: Separating fact from myth

Five generations of a slave family. Shutterstock People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. […]

Lynching in Amerika

This week, we launched Lynching in America, a new interactive website we created in partnership with Google. This site brings together EJI’s extensive research and resulting data with the stories of lynching victims, as told by their descendants. Through six audio stories and a short documentary, Uprooted, visitors both hear and feel the impact of this dark time […]

The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom

He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the process The only way Robert Smalls could ensure that his family would stay together was to escape. (St. Martin’s Press) By Cate Lineberry  Darkness still blanketed the city of Charleston in the early hours of May 13, 1862, as a light […]

The Bible Belt Is the Lynching Belt: Slavery, White Supremacy and Religion in America

by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA   The following is an excerpt from the book AWAY WITH ALL GODS! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World, by Bob Avakian (available from Insight Press). The book was published in 2008.     For a number of years now, I have been […]

SLAVERY REPARATIONS COULD COST UP TO $14 TRILLION, ACCORDING TO NEW CALCULATION

by DOUGLAS MAIN The Permanent Memorial to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, in New York City, acknowledges a tragic chapter in the nation’s history. Some have argued that reparations for slavery would help heal long-festering racial strife.EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS In 1865, toward the end of the Civil War, Union Army […]

Modern day slavery is real

by Mutope Duguma and Annie Morgan Banks The message in the artwork transcribed: Modern day slaves, sanctioned by the United States government under the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution … Yes! By subjugating, marginalizing and disenfranchising the oppressed human beings, by way of economic discrimination or depriving humans of decent wages, that forces humans […]

A history of Amerikan lynchings

A soil collection project is commemorating the forgotten victims of lynching and helping to tell their stories. by Ruth Hopkins [Illustration by Jawahir Al-Naimi/Al Jazeera] Alabama, United States – It’s a sunny day in early May, in Thorsby, a small town in rural Alabama. As we make our way down Peachtree Drive, the houses begin to give […]

To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice

BY WALTER JOHNSON In Memory of Cedric Robinson (1940–2016) It is a commonplace to say that slavery “dehumanized” enslaved people, but to do so is misleading, harmful, and worth resisting. I hasten to add that there are, of course, plenty of right-minded reasons for adopting the notion of “dehumanization.” It is hard to square the idea […]

‘Locking Up Our Own,’ What Led to Mass Incarceration of Black Men

By JENNIFER SENIOR  A police captain in Washington hangs a recruiting poster announcing police examinations to be given in predominantly black neighborhoods in 1968. CreditD.C. Public Library LOCKING UP OUR OWN Crime and Punishment in Black America By James Forman Jr. Illustrated. 306 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $27. James Forman Jr. divides his superb […]

How much do incarcerated people earn in each state?

  by Wendy Sawyer How much do incarcerated people earn? In 2003’s The Prison Index, we included wages reported by an obscure publication in 2001. Those numbers remain among the most searched-for and cited statistics we have published, although they are now almost twenty years old. Prison wages come up again and again in the […]