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Did We Sell Each Other Into Slavery: Misconceptions About the African Involvement in the Slave Trade

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 05.03.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

Very often I see comments by people who argue that Africans sold each other into slavery. To speak of the slave trade solely as Africans selling each other t is a gross oversimplification of what was a complex historical event. This also seems to be an attempt to shift the burden of the slave trade on the victims of that very trade.

Kidnapping Elephants Won't Save Them

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 03.11.2016 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

The actions taken by the Dallas Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo have done nothing to help elephants but will irrefutably harm them for decades to come. All three zoos should be roundly condemned by everyone who cares about elephants.

Umgawa! Me Tarzan...

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.25.2017 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Many moons ago, on the first day of an elective class on African Studies in college, my professor handed out a blank map of Africa. She instructed us ...

Time to Abolish Columbus Day

Bill Bigelow | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Rhode Island's Episcopal Church Confronts Historical Ties To Slave Trade

The New York Times | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.12.2017 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700...

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

The Average Hipster Employs 27 Slaves Each Day. Here's How To Change That

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 7, 2015; 12:30 p.m. EST. Hipsters may value social progress, but their coffee habits say otherwise. That's according to the team ...

An Open Letter to My Mom and Black Women

N'Kosi Oates | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
N'Kosi Oates

Multiracial, intergenerational communities have proudly proclaimed that Black lives matter. But "Black lives matter" seems to be associated only with Black men. I want to tell you, Mom, that when I chant those three words, when I march, lie in the streets, or raise my hands symmetrically in the air, I do so to assert your humanity too. You are worthy.

When Will Slavery End?: My Stroll with the International Slavery Museum

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

With chains around their necks and ankles, these innocent people were packed and shipped to the West; made to work in fields and coal mines; for days and nights without food or water; in sweat, tears, and blood they worked.

Rare Portrait of a Slave En Route to American Colonies Recalls Horrors of the Middle Passage

Thomas Davidson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Thomas Davidson

Portraits of individual Africans who were enslaved and brought to the Americas are incredibly rare, and in virtually all instances the portraits were done long after the horrors of the Middle Passage. There is one clear exception to this rule, however.

Bristol, R.I.: Sinister Past, Exquisite Present

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Bristol might be one of the most harmonious small towns you'll ever visit. With an abundance of spectacular homes and gardens, this little hard to get to town is now a magnet for destination weddings.

What the Modern World Owes Slavery (It's More Than Back Wages)

Greg Grandin | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Greg Grandin

How would we calculate the value of what we today would call the intellectual property -- in medicine and other fields -- generated by slavery's suffering? I'm not sure. But a revival of efforts to do so would be a step toward reckoning with slavery's true legacy: our modern world.

Ocean Traffic

Peter Neill | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only within the past few years have maritime museums around the world addressed human trafficking as part of the larger maritime story.

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

McQueen's unflinching revelation of Northup's struggle to maintain his dignity under the oppressive institution of slavery is a chance for Americans to engage the conversation we so desperately need -- the conversation about the "s" word -- "slavery."

A Man Who Changed His Times: Part II

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

As the businessman said to J. Douglas Holladay, "It's easy to make a fortune, but harder to make a difference." William Wilberforce made a difference and he indeed changed his times.

The Forgotten Is Another First Rate Adventure Novel From Baldacci

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.04.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

David Baldacci seems to write one book after another but unlike other authors who are this prolific, Baldacci creates stories that are fresh and well planned out. His latest novel The Forgotten is a prime example his action adventure best.

Skip Gates' New Book On Black History | Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices

Coffee-table books are supposed to be heavy, on photos and in pounds. This latest history of black life in America by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is both, w...

Are You Fashion's Slave?

Gerit Quealy | Posted 11.22.2011 | Style
Gerit Quealy

Several organizations such as the Somaly Mam Foundation, and The Body Shop have initiatives in place to combat the slave trade and sex trafficking and of children and young people. But most people are unaware that this is even happening.

Graphic Film About Slave Trade Too Much For Nine-Year-Olds?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"Middle Passage" is a film that doesn't pull any punches. The HBO-produced feature, directed by French film-maker Guy Deslauriers and starring Djimon...

Black History Meditation: Remembering The Presence Of Our Ancestors

Albert Raboteau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Albert Raboteau

Our nation, constituted by diverse ethnic, racial, and religious groups achieves a unified identity, not only through a set of shared principles articulated in civic institutions, but through memory.

Slavery is Alive and Well in the US: In Support of California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Ron Soodalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ron Soodalter

Most Americans are unaware of the extent to which both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens are victimized by human trafficking and various forms of slavery in our country today.

Africa's Role in the Slave Trade and its Consequences

Wole Soyinka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wole Soyinka

'Are these the kings of whom the griots sang? Are these their descendants? We do not know them, but we know from which lines--between those who resist...

White People Confronting Racism

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abby L. Ferber

Two weeks ago I participated in the eleventh annual White Privilege Conference, where I had the chance to talk with Holly Fulton, who was involved in the documentary film Traces of the Trade.

Con Games: Black Like Thee With Spike, Skip, and Barack

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Even so the walls they are a'fallin', and there is even more persuasive evidence as to our common racial bonds coming from the strangest of places: Spike Lee and Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr.

State Department's Report On Modern Day Slavery Omits Cases Of Foreign Diplomats In Washington

Time | E. Benjamin Skinner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Washington on Monday morning, June 14, Hillary Clinton unveiled the State Department's 10th annual report on modern-day slavery, which evaluates th...