Think Confederate monuments are racist? Consider pioneer monuments

‘Early Days.’ Detail of Frank Happersberger’s pioneer monument, San Francisco, California, 1894. Photo by Lisa Allen. Cynt In San Francisco, there is an an 800-ton monument that retells California history, from the Spanish missions to American settlement. Several bronze sculptures and relief plaques depict American Indians, white miners, missionaries and settlers. A female figure symbolizing white […]

What Happened When Violence Broke Out on Cleveland’s East Side 50 Years Ago?

In the summer of 1968, the neighborhood of Glenville erupted in “urban warfare,” leaving seven dead and heightening police-community tensions   Fire fighters attempt to douse a smoldering building on Superior following the shootout in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland on July 23, 1968. (Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University) By Lorraine Boissoneault smithsonian.com   For several […]

The Lesson of Emmett Till Has Been Ignored for Decades

Reopening the Till case doesn’t even begin to address the white terrorism festering in Trump’s America By JAMIL SMITH  Emmett Till Bettmann/Getty Images Murder can be a message, and the men who lynched Emmett Till in 1955 surely sought to communicate through his broken and bloated flesh. The 14-year-old boy falsely accused of sexually harassing Carolyn Bryant […]

The Con of Diversity

  In 1970, when black students occupied the dean’s office at Harvard Divinity School to protest against the absence of African-American scholars on the school’s faculty, the white administration was forced to respond and interview black candidates. It asked James Cone, the greatest theologian of his generation, to come to Cambridge, Mass., for a meeting. But […]

Six things I learned writing a book about the Black Panthers

by Michael Richardson   My new book about the Black Panthers (Image by Michael Richardson)   Permission   Details   DMCA On August 17, 1970, an Omaha policeman, Larry Minard, was killed by a bomb in a vacant house while responding to a call about a woman screaming. The ambush attack on police was blamed on the local Black Panthers and two leaders, Edward […]

Dismantle the Pipeline: A Review of Susan Anglada Bartley’s “A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education” (Luminare Press)

School was always a breeze for me. “Correct English” came naturally–it was the way people spoke at home. As for social studies, I was well-versed in the mythology of American democracy that masqueraded as “history.” My parents instilled confidence that I could excel at science and math, which they saw as a career path for […]

From Microaggressions to Legalized Lynching: Weaponizing Police Against Black People

by Cherise Charleswell Thanks to social media’s ability to help news headlines (and those stories that don’t even make it out through mainstream media) go viral, Black people and other people of color are beginning to receive some vindication. For many years, our testimonies about our lived experiences with micoaggressions and overt racism have often been […]

Unholy The Slaves Bible

Hardcover: 534 pages Publisher: Ghetto Kids Enterprises (June 22, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1607434415 ISBN-13: 978-1607434412 Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches Unholy is a complete 201 year old edition of the Bible that was planned, prepared and published in London for making slaves in The British West Indies Islands. Unholy transforms our knowledge and understanding of Western Civilization’s […]

Modern Black Codes and the Cops That Enforce Them

by Bryan K. Bullock 27 Jun 2018 Modern Black Codes and the Cops That Enforce Them “The police respond as if the black person is guilty of whatever transgression the white person said they committed.” Recent online videos have shown African Americans being arrested, sometimes violently, in places like Starbucks and Waffle House, but also […]

The racist law that kicked black South Afrikans out of their land in 1950

Mass Meeting at Durban on May 28, 1950 to protest against Group Areas Bill. Photo: Wiki CC One of the most vital and controversial issues in South Africa today is land, and the subsequent land reform that is currently under consideration. The explosive subject matter traces its roots back to an apartheid-era law that was […]