Slavery

Open Thread: Do You Think Reparations Will Ever Happen?

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African-Americans have been demanding their 40 acres and a mule since we were promised as much following the Civil War, but now everyday citizens aren’t the only ones arguing reparations are not only long overdue, but necessary for black people to flourish in the United States....

Scholastic Pulls Children’s Book About George Washington’s Happy Slaves

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Looks like Scholastic listened to all of the negative reviews and comments about its new book A Birthday Cake for George Washington.  The book, written by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, is told through the eyes of Delia, young girl whose family is owned by America’s...

Just In Time for MLK Day, Scholastic Releases a Children’s Book About George Washington’s Happy Slaves

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When I was a kid I loved getting lost in a good book. From the Judy Blume to the Babysitters Club, if it was printed between two covers I probably read it growing up. My love of reading extended clear through high school where I fell in love...

Here’s Your First Look at ‘Underground,’ a Daring New Series About the Underground Railroad

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When it comes to on-screen portrayals of slavery, typically what’s not shown is the bravery and fierceness of our enslaved ancestors. While Nate Parker’s film about Nat Turner promises to offer another perspective to the historical genre, WGN’s new series, Underground, aims to highlight some of the...

Black, Handicapped Restaurant Worker Was Enslaved, Abused For Years

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A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Christopher Smith, a mentally handicapped African-American man, against J&J Cafeteria, Ernest Edwards and Bobby Paul Edwards of Conway, South Carolina alleging slavery, according to a news release from McLeod Law Group. The lawsuit states that Smith...

Student’s Answers to Slavery Assignment Will Leave You Questioning America’s School System

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I found it. LMFAO! Can y’all sense how fed up my daughter was with this assignment? pic.twitter.com/0VP1uyT31X — Brandy with a Y (@BtSquared2) October 27, 2015 A mother was understandably upset when her daughter came home with an assignment from a school that asked students...