Gayle King Corrects Gov. Northam About ‘Indentured Servants’: ‘Also Known as Slavery’


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In her interview over the weekend with Ralph Northam, CBS’ Gayle King pushed back on the Virginia governor when he used the term “indentured servants” as a euphemism for slavery. Northam told King he has no intention of resigning from his job despite the ongoing controversy of his KKK and blackface yearbook photo. As Northam defended himself by saying he could still lead the state through the healing process, he started to talk about Virginia’s history with race. “We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe…,” Northam said. “Also known as slavery,” King interjected. “Yes,” Northam agreed. Typically, indentured servitude is thought of as a system in which someone enters into a voluntary labor agreement to pay off a debt to somebody Continue reading "Gayle King Corrects Gov. Northam About ‘Indentured Servants’: ‘Also Known as Slavery’"

Kanye Addresses Kimmel’s Trump Question, Apologizes for Saying Slavery is ‘A Choice’


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A few weeks ago, Jimmy Kimmel rendered Kanye West silent by asking what makes him, the man who famously said George Bush doesn’t care about black people, think that Donald Trump does. During an interview with WGCI 107.5 Radio, West was asked about that, along with his professed support of Trump. He once again defended his support of Trump and had this to say about Kimmel’s Trump question (after a bit of a pause):
“I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this. And he will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t Continue reading "Kanye Addresses Kimmel’s Trump Question, Apologizes for Saying Slavery is ‘A Choice’"

Africatown


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Just outside of Mobile, Alabama, sits the small community of Africatown, a town established by the last known slaves brought to America, illegally, in 1860. Decades after that last slave ship, The Clotilde, burned in the waters outside Mobile, Africatown residents are pushing back against the forces of industrial destruction and national amnesia. Local struggles over environmental justice, land ownership, and development could determine whether Africatown becomes an historical destination, a living monument to a lingering past — or whether shadows cast by highway overpasses and gasoline tanks will erase our country's hard-learned lessons.  Brooke spoke with Deborah G. Plant, editor of a new book by Zora Neale Hurston's about a founder of Africatown, Joe Womack, environmental activist and Africatown resident, Vickii Howell, president and CEO of the MOVE Gulf Coast Community Development Corporation, Charles Torrey, research historian for the History Museum of Mobile, and others about Continue reading "Africatown"

TMZ Interviewer Blasts Kanye West: ‘An Under-Medicated, Mentally Unstable Megalomaniac’


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TMZ executive producer Charles Latibeaudiere is tearing Kanye West apart on Twitter following his controversial remarks with the outlet yesterday. Yeezy spoke of slavery being a “choice” on Tuesday while he talked to Latibeaudiere and Harvey Levin about his support for President Trump. Latibeaudiere let West do most of the talking during their TMZ Live chat, though the rapper was confronted by staffer Van Lathan in the newsroom later on. Today, Latibeaudiere took to Twitter to slam West and explain why he didn’t say anything about his comments yesterday. He also gave a shoutout to Lathan for calling out West.

Monumental Questions


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Speaking this week on Fox News, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly warned against the removal of Confederate monuments on the grounds that it would erase important history. But the statues in question have never been about preserving a neutral version of history but rather about perpetuating a series of narratives and myths about slavery and the Civil War. Earlier this year we spoke to Malcolm Suber, historian and co-founder of the group Take 'Em Down NOLA, about the significance of removing monuments to white supremacy. And we spoke to Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, about his work documenting the thousands of lynchings that took place in the South from 1877 to 1950, and the significance of remember and reckoning with the realities of our shameful past.

‘What the President Said Was Stupid!’: CNN Panel Goes Off After Trump Tweets About Andrew Jackson


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An AC360 panel on CNN tonight got very heated after President Trump doubled down on his comments about the Civil War and Andrew Jackson. You’ve probably heard by now that the president said Jackson––who died before the Civil War began––could have prevented it from happening. He also said, “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” Tonight he tweeted this out: On CNN afterwards, Congressman Jack Kingston defended Trump and said he certainly has a point about what Jackson could have done. Tara Setmayer jumped in and said that Trump Continue reading "‘What the President Said Was Stupid!’: CNN Panel Goes Off After Trump Tweets About Andrew Jackson"

Former Ben Carson Advisor: Obama Made Similar Slavery Remarks and ‘There Was No Backlash’


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A former aide to Dr. Ben Carson wrote a piece defending him over the outrage over his slavery remarks by invoking comments Barack Obama made that have been getting a lot of attention today.

The 2015 Obama remarks were first flagged today by Breitbart News’ Charlie Spiering, following the controversy yesterday over Carson referring to slaves as immigrants, and made waves in the conservative blogosphere.

Below you can see a video (put together by the Washington Free Beacon) with both Carson’s remarks and Obama’s, followed by the context of what both men said:

CARSON:

“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder, for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this Continue reading "Former Ben Carson Advisor: Obama Made Similar Slavery Remarks and ‘There Was No Backlash’"

Ben Carson Follows Up on Slavery Remarks: ‘You Can Be an Involuntary Immigrant’


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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson followed up tonight on his earlier remarks in which he referred to slaves as immigrants. Carson issued the following statement on Facebook:
I’m proud of the courage and perseverance of Black Americans and their incomprehensible struggle from slavery to freedom. I’m proud that our ancestors overcame the evil and repression that we know as slavery. The slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences. Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders. The Immigrants made the choice to come to America. They saw this country as a land of opportunity. In contrast, slaves were forced here against their will and lost all their opportunities. We continue to live with that legacy. The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten, as we demand the necessary progress Continue reading "Ben Carson Follows Up on Slavery Remarks: ‘You Can Be an Involuntary Immigrant’"

Yes, Democrats Supported Slavery, But That Misses the Point


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tomi-lahren-via-the-blaze“The Democratic Party used to support slavery!” You’ll read a phrase like this on conservative websites sometimes. You might have heard it from political commentator Dinesh D’Souza, or more recently from The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren. This is technically accurate, but misleading history. It’s actually the modern Republican Party that’s the spiritual successor of the pre-1964 Democratic Party. Please understand, though: This article isn’t a partisan smearfest. The story behind all this doesn’t make any region of the county look good, nevermind political organizations. It’s kind of a convoluted story, so let’s untangle all this piece by piece. In a clip published Wednesday, Lahren skewered the Democratic Party for hypocrisy after donor Benjamin Barber was recorded calling black Republicans “f—ked in the head” for “helping the enemy who want to destroy them.” She points out that the ostensibly liberal organization has a troubling institutional history of racism. Continue reading "Yes, Democrats Supported Slavery, But That Misses the Point"

Georgetown University Providing ‘Reparations’ for Slave Descendants Sets Horrible Precedent


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georgetownMy parents met and graduated from Georgetown University. I am the first of four siblings who graduated from there. My father was the head of the search committee which chose the current president of the university, Jack DeGioia. For the last several years, I have been an alumni interviewer in the admissions process, but thanks to today’s news-making announcement regarding slavery “reparations,” I will no longer be serving in that role. Georgetown has decided, based on a report commissioned after a meager number of people protested last year during the start of the “Black Lives Matter” craze, that it will be taking several measures to make amends for our school’s past sins in the realm of slavery. Included among them will be preferential treatment for the descendants of slaves which Georgetown owned in the early 1800s. Georgetown will also be renaming buildings previously honoring the past school leaders who sold Continue reading "Georgetown University Providing ‘Reparations’ for Slave Descendants Sets Horrible Precedent"

If You’re Descended from a Slave Georgetown Univ. Sold, You Get Preferential Application Consideration


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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 12.49.29 PMReparations for slavery became the unexpectedly hot topic of the Democratic primaries this year, but broadly speaking, they’re still a semi-utopian dream. On a smaller scale, individual reparations are possible, but are the institutions capable of making them willing to do so? One is. Georgetown University’s president, John DeGioia, has announced that the university will be taking steps to make amends for the school’s prior dealings in slavery. Chief among those steps is their plan to give preferential treatment to any student seeking admission who is descended from one of the 272 men, women, and children sold in 1838 when the school was facing financial difficulties. That information comes from an April report in the New York Times; today, Buzzfeed is reporting thtat DeGioia will give a longer address about the reparations this afternoon. Here’s what Buzzfeed says will happen:
In that address, DeGioia will offer a formal apology Continue reading "If You’re Descended from a Slave Georgetown Univ. Sold, You Get Preferential Application Consideration"

The Nightly Show Piles on ‘Condescending Asshole’ O’Reilly for Slavery Remarks


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Last night’s Nightly Show devoted a whole segment to ripping Bill O’Reilly for his controversial remarks about the slaves that built the White House. Larry Wilmore swiped at him for trying t “Foxplain” slavery before contributor Franchesca Ramsey went after the Twitter trolls outraged about Michelle Obama daring to remind people about slave labor. In response to one tweeter who angrily complained that it was built by carpenters, not slaves, Ramsey explained that some of the slaves were, in fact, carpenters, “just like how Bill O’Reilly can be both a TV personality and a condescending asshole.” The show was taped last night before O’Reilly aired his rebuttal to the critics, in which he told the “smear merchants” he was not justifying slavery at Continue reading "The Nightly Show Piles on ‘Condescending Asshole’ O’Reilly for Slavery Remarks"

O’Reilly Fires Back at ‘Dishonest’ Critics: I Was Not Defending Slavery!


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billBill O’Reilly tonight fired back against the “dishonest” “smear merchants” in response to the criticism he got for his commentary on the slaves who built the White House. O’Reilly yesterday fact-checked Michelle Obama‘s speech and said that yes, the White House was built by slaves, but slaves were well-fed and had good lodgings. He did not justify or defend the slavery at all, but that was the impression some news outlets game. O’Reilly angrily declared, “That is a lie… That is a fact, not a justification, not a defense of slavery.” He called out celebrities on Twitter who he said were “buying in the defamation” and who he’s invited to come on his show.
O’Reilly then brought on Geraldo Rivera and Eric Bolling to talk about how “smear publications” push false narratives “designed to diminish Continue reading "O’Reilly Fires Back at ‘Dishonest’ Critics: I Was Not Defending Slavery!"

Heidi Cruz Likens Her Husband’s ‘Long Battle’ to How Long It Took to End Slavery


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heidi cruzTed Cruz and his wife Heidi Cruz held a conference call today with the campaign’s National Prayer Team, and both of them expressed their deep sorrow at having lost the Republican race. But according to the Texas Tribune, Heidi Cruz made a truly curious comment likening her husband’s struggle to the fight to end slavery, amid her remarks about how much they have “changed” the GOP She said that none of them should feel like their efforts were “in vain” and “God does not work in four-year segments.” And then Cruz said this:
“Be full of faith and so full of joy that this team was chosen to fight a long battle. Think that slavery — it took 25 years to defeat slavery. That is a lot longer than four years.”
Slavery, campaign struggles, you know, pretty fair linkage there. Cruz added that their fight is certainly Continue reading "Heidi Cruz Likens Her Husband’s ‘Long Battle’ to How Long It Took to End Slavery"

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Hits Bernie Sanders Over Slavery Reparations They Don’t Support


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For social justice-minded liberals of a certain age, it has always been an impossible dream that something as politically radioactive as slavery reparations would ever become an issue in a presidential campaign, but here we are. For good or for bad, insurgent Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders is feeling the heat over his offhand dismissal of reparations in a recent interview, and now, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s campaign has surfaced the issue on national television as a means of attacking Sanders. It all began about a week ago when Sen. Sanders was asked if he would support slavery reparations. He quickly responded in the negative:
No, I don’t think so. First of all, the likelihood of getting through a Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive. I think the real issue is, when we look at the poverty rate among Continue reading "Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Hits Bernie Sanders Over Slavery Reparations They Don’t Support"

Publisher Yanks Children’s Book About George Washington’s Shiny Happy Slaves


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slave cake There is a weird sub-genre of racism in which folks try to evince concerned-face acknowledgement that slavery was bad, but also that it wasn’t that bad, not for all of the slaves. It’s even got it’s own strange language, like the official Mount Vernon website’s continual references to George Washington‘s slaves as members of the “Mount Vernon enslaved community,” which sounds more like a nice co-op board than anything else. You can add A Birthday Cake for George Washington, a children’s book depicting the story of Washington’s slave chef Hercules, to that sub-genre. It tells the story of the ultimate White People Problem: Washington needs his slaves to bake him a birthday cake, but horrifyingly, they run out of sugar. How will they overcome? Zany hijinks ensue, and (spoiler alert!) they find the sugar, bake the cake, and happily wish their master “Happy Birthday!” Continue reading "Publisher Yanks Children’s Book About George Washington’s Shiny Happy Slaves"

George Lucas on Disney, New Star Wars: I Sold It ‘To The White Slavers’


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Whether you hate, love or don’t care for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the movie has already gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office in less than two weeks in theaters. The new Star Wars is here to stay. None of this matters to creator and former Lucasfilm head George Lucas, who sold his company to Disney for $4 billion several years ago. When he did that, he also sold his right to participate in future movies, which he was fine with. Yet this hasn’t stopped him from bashing the new film and its makers in a recent interview with Charlie Rose. As The New York Times points out, Lucas sat down with Rose for an interview that aired on Christmas Day and was just recently uploaded online. Among other things, Lucas said:

Greta Lambastes Melissa Harris-Perry for ‘Hard Work’ Slave Remark: ‘Completely Ridiculous’


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Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren ended her show tonight by taking some shots at MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for her recent remarks about slavery and the phrase “hard work.” When a guest on Harris-Perry’s show described Paul Ryan as a “hard worker” on Sunday, Harris-Perry jumped in to say people should be careful about using phrases like that. She explained, “I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like.”
Well, her Fox rival found that linguistic leap a bit baffling and found it a little “out there” that someone saying “hard work” would be insensitive to the struggles of slaves.
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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry: Don’t Say ‘Hard Worker,’ Because It’s Offensive to Slaves


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Melissa Harris PerryMSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry took offense to a guest’s use of the term ‘hard worker’ Saturday, arguing that it diminished the experiences of slaves. “If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan,” argued conservative guest Alfonso Aguilar. Harris-Perry didn’t disagree but wasn’t a fan of his word choice.  
“I just want to pause on one thing, because I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr Ryan is a great choice for this role,” she said. “But I want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker.’ Because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like.” Harris Perry told Aguilar (who Continue reading "MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry: Don’t Say ‘Hard Worker,’ Because It’s Offensive to Slaves"

Carson Likens Pro-Life Americans to Abolitionists: ‘Where Would We Be’ If They Did Nothing?


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Newly-minted Republican presidential frontrunner Ben Carson has made it clear throughout the 2016 campaign that he is against abortion in almost all cases, including rape and incest. In an interview Sunday morning with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Carson compared resistance to abortion to that of slavery, and asked where the country would be today if abolitionists stood by idly and did nothing to end slavery:
“Think about this. During slavery — and I know that one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it. During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. Anything that they chose to do. And what if the abolitionists had said, ‘You know, I don’t believe in slavery. I think it’s wrong. But you guys do whatever you want to do.’ Where would we Continue reading "Carson Likens Pro-Life Americans to Abolitionists: ‘Where Would We Be’ If They Did Nothing?"