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The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

I'm Tired of Talking About Racism and a Judge's Bid to Abolish the Grand Jury

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 12.12.2014 | Crime
Tanya Young Williams

The Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases force us to have the tough talks about race, profiling, police use of deadly force, judicial abuse of power and potential changes to our grand jury systems.

'Last One in the Water Is the Mayor!'

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

We've come a long way. We have a long way to go. When we talk about history, let's not forget to include current events. Let's not forget that we are the history of the future. That's how we gather important intelligence. Just ask Mayor Edna Branch Jackson.

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Tom F. Driver

Racism is so ingrained in the American experience that no one who has grown up here is free of it -- white, black, or anyone else. Until we acknowledge that, describe it, and share it across the racial divide we are not free.

What You Never Knew About Ronald Reagan National Airport: Abingdon Plantation, an Extraordinary Resource for American History

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 12.08.2014 | DC
Thomas A. Foster

The next time that you're in Washington, DC, stop by the remains of Abingdon Plantation and reflect on how it symbolizes our nation's history.

Revisiting the Fabric of American Empire

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Alex Cacioppo

From the very beginning, the fabric of this country was woven with the threads of fear and division. In creating "a more perfect Union," as the preamble reads, we Americans still have a long way to go. The end of the path is not yet in sight.

365 Days to Globalize the Spirit of the 13th Amendment

Robert J. Benz | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Passing the 13th Amendment helped to reconcile inconsistencies that were forged into our founding documents about: who we are as a nation, who we are as a people and how we wished to define ourselves as individuals.

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

Ben Carson Stands By Nazi Germany, Slavery Comparisons

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

Celebrated neurosurgeon Ben Carson is sticking by controversial comments comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany and the Affordable Care Act to slavery. ...

Religious Leaders Sign Declaration Against Modern Slavery

L'Huffington Post | Guilia Belardelli | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Empathy, love, respect, equality: these are the common denominators which caused the leaders of the world’s major religions to sign a declaration co...

Book Notes: Gary Hart and Abe Lincoln

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

To a tsunami of Lincoln lit, please add Todd Brewster's detailed reporting, Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. This is a seven-hour-and-14-minute audiobook about one president's extraordinary executive action.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Dane Elliott Lewis, Civil War Reinactor

Ian Spanier | Posted 11.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Lewis grew up as one of just a handful of African-Americans in a small town along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He really began ...

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Ferguson and the 'Us vs. Them' Illusion

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What matters here is not the fixing of personal blame (or lack thereof), but the acknowledgment of systemic and historic wrong of monumental proportions and -- at long, long last -- a momentum of social healing that doesn't end prematurely.

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Paul Kendrick

Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery 26 years before, but when Maryland ended slavery, it took him only 16 days to return to Baltimore.

Ebay Founder Commits Another $50 Million To Fight Global Slavery

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact

(Adds previous donation) LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife are to donate an extra $50 million to ta...

The Truth About Slavery

Monique Villa | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

An increasingly global economy calls for international standards and regulations. We have them across the airline industry, why shouldn't we have them to keep slavery out of the supply chains?

All Appropriation Everything: IHOP Joins List of Cultural-Appropriation Offenders

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.

Slavery, Hong Kong and Inalienable Rights: We've Got It Wrong

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

"American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later. So why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?" Recently Laura Cha, a Hong Kong politician, made this rather unnerving statement in reference to pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong who have been protesting having their election ballots limited to China-vetted candidates only.

5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

Suzan-Lori Parks Returns From the Wars Triumphant

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is enough in the characters and the dialogue -- even in the costumes, with some actors drifting on wearing basketball sneakers -- to tell us that Father Comes Home is a play of ideas and freedom that directly speaks to us, here in the 21st century.

Dream Big...

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 10.28.2014 | San Francisco
Jeremy Affeldt

Everyone deserves to say, "One day I would love to..." Everyone deserves to dream that way. But slavery keeps people from being able to say, "One day I want to be..." Slavery kills the very ability to dream.

The Attempts by the School Board of Jefferson County, Colorado to Erase Significant Chunks of Our Nations' History Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
Stephen M. Sweeney

History should not be rewritten or reinterpreted because of an ideological agenda. We want young people to learn the truth about our history. We learn from our history and it can guide us to do more and to do better.

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 10.25.2014 | Black Voices

Edward Baptist's new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism", drew a lot of attention last month after the...

Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.