Two Museum Directors Say It’s Time to Tell the Unvarnished History of the U.S. | At the Smithsonian

(excerpt) “It’s all about white supremacy and racism. The notion of people, that you’re concerned about African-American and Native people, reducing them so they are no longer human,” Bunch explains. “So for African-Americans these monuments were really created as examples of white supremacy—to remind people of that status where African-Americans should be—not where African-Americans wanted …

The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaves

Long ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. Holland Source: The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Told | History | Smithsonian Magazine (Thanks Dr. Bramhall for the links!) Along with the Capitol and other iconic …

So It Turns Out ‘Overpopulation’ Was Always A Stupid Patriarchal Myth – Caitlin Johnstone

Billionaires, as we discussed recently, are not smart. They certainly should not be in charge of the future of our species.   Now that another major plot hole has been punched in the establishment myth that brown-skinned babies in impoverished nations are going to ruin the world, establishment voices are taking this opportunity to yell …

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

An extraordinary debut in the tradition of classic works from authors such as Mark Kurlansky, Mary Roach, and Rose George. An exuberant and insightful work of popular history of how streets got their names, houses their numbers, and what it reveals about class, race, power, and identity. When most people think about street addresses, if …

The Wealth Gap Facing Black Americans Is Vast—and Vastly Underestimated   | Yale Insights

For every $100 in wealth held by a White family, a Black family has just $10. But studies by Yale’s Jennifer Richeson and Michael Kraus show that Americans believe that the disparity is much smaller. They explain why the misperception is a huge hurdle to closing the gap. WOW: The Wealth Gap Facing Black Americans …

‘Their Great Soul-Hungering Desire Was Freedom’ | SLABTOWN: Civil War-era refugee camps

Brandeis Magazine Mary Armstrong was born into slavery on a farm near St. Louis, Missouri. At the end of her life, she told an interviewer that her owners were “the meanest two white folks who ever lived.” The master, William Cleveland, Armstrong remembered, used to “chain slaves up to whip ’em, and rub salt and …

“We can never go home because the concept of home is lost on us.”: 60s Scoop adoptee: Eric Schweig

These words are, according to Eric Schweig, his "mission statement." "We can never go home because the concept of home is lost on us." Adoption of aboriginal children by Caucasian couples is to me, for lack of a better term 'State Sanctioned Kidnapping.' Too often Euro-American couples are preoccupied with the romantic notion of having …

The Fascist Messaging of the Trump Campaign Eagle

The Trump campaign had plenty of images to choose from — a search on Shutterstock for “American Eagle” yields almost 70,000 results, whereas “US eagle” yields 7,200 and “Patriotic Eagle” 26,500. However, the campaign chose the only emblem facing to its left, like the Nazi version. This form of the eagle is used by neo-Nazis …

How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic | The New Yorker

For the previous forty-two years, a thousand or so laborers at the local processing plant, in Selbyville, had been represented by Local 27. Just two years earlier, the workers there had ratified a new five-year contract. But, Hill told the crowd, in the middle of the pandemic, as the number of infected workers soared, the …

Kindergarten Teacher Explains What Is Racism | Video | POPSUGAR Family

"We also are combating a different kind of disease," she said. "This is not the disease that you catch from germs, from person to person, but it's something that happens with the way that people think. And some people have the belief that people with black or brown skin should not have the same rights …

Trump’s Sinister Appropriation of the Nazi Triangle Camp Badge

And there is now enough evidence to conclude that there is an intentional connection being made between the past and the present. Even in this one moment, there are some disturbing coincidences that go beyond just the one-time use of the triangle camp badge. Even the campaign’s use of significant but coded numbers seems to …

Red Nation Podcast: No shorts, no losses & the morning star of US imperialism

PODCAST Check out @The_Red_Nation podcast two-part interview w/ @TefPoe & @abufelix12 on the settler colonial and white supremacist history of St. Louis. It explains this picture of white power Karen and Ken: Pt. 1: https://t.co/iAWhKBKUR8 Pt. 2: https://t.co/aytYoj56o4 https://t.co/pGnGLNvKgn pic.twitter.com/R43duNkdxN — Nick Estes (@nick_w_estes) June 30, 2020 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js St. Louis, MO once rose as the …

This SF civil rights footage was lost in a basement for 35 years. Now it’s required viewing.

But perhaps what’s most refreshing about “The Black Power Mixtape” is the contrast between how race is displayed today in the media, where the press coverage in itself becomes such a large part of the daily news narrative and a subject of constant criticism. The detachment and often bewilderment of the Swedish documentarians is a …

Archives Department acknowledges role in distorting Alabama’s racial history – al.com

The Alabama Department of Archives & History said in a statement today that the agency was created in 1901 partly "to serve a white southern concern for the preservation of Confederate history and the promotion of Lost Cause ideals." The statement says systemic racism remains a reality in America even though most people believe in …

There is no such thing as RACE | Facing History

ORIGIN OF THE IDEA OF RACE by Audrey Smedley Anthropology Newsletter, November 1997 From its inception, separateness and inequality was what "race" was all about.  Contemporary scholars agree that "race" was a recent invention and that it was essentially a folk idea, not a product of scientific research and discovery.  This is not new to …

Rancor Erupts In ‘LA Times’ Newsroom Over Race, Equity And Protest Coverage

Staffers at the Los Angeles Times say editors have failed to fulfill promises of racial equity at the paper including in hiring, pay and the coverage it offers readers. Some journalists have used terms such as "internal uprising" to describe their anger over racial inequity at the paper. LISTEN: Rancor Erupts In 'LA Times' Newsroom …

Why Minneapolis Was the Breaking Point – The Atlantic

In Minnesota, St. Paul police killed Philip Quinn, a Native American man in the midst of a mental-health crisis, in September 2015. One week later, Duluth police killed Robert Christian, a white former fullback for the Wisconsin Badgers who was enduring a mental-health crisis of his own. Two months after that, in November 2015, Minneapolis …

Psychosis of Whiteness

Free to watch online! The Psychosis of Whiteness is a documentary film based on the work of Prof. Kehinde Andrews and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It sheds light on society's perceptions of race and racism by exploring cinematic representations of the slave trade. The Psychosis of Whiteness is a documentary film that sheds …

On Jun 07, 1920: Ku Klux Klan Mounts Publicity Campaign to Attract Members

On June 7, 1920, a white Ku Klux Klan leader named William Simmons hired publicists to grow membership for the white supremacist organization. Confederate veterans founded the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865. From beneath white hoods, they terrorized formerly enslaved Black people and their political allies with threats, beatings, and murder. The …

Nationwide Uprising Against Failed State Triggered By Police Killings | Desultory Heroics

The nationwide uprising sparked by the murder of George Floyd and other recent racially-motivated events is a response to the bi-partisan failed state in which we live. It comes in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic and the largest economic collapse in the US in more than a century. These three crises have disproportionately impacted …

Black Squares Don’t Save Black Lives

The recent “Blackout Tuesday” is a terrific example. Originally envisioned as “#TheShowMustBePaused” by Black music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang as a way to disrupt the industry and draw attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, it was hijacked into an avenue for white celebs and corporations to make themselves feel better. Source: Black …

“Looting”: The Revolt of the Oppressed

When the Hindi word “loot” entered the English language in 1788 as a word for plunder and mayhem (as noted by the Oxford English Dictionary), it came into the language to serve an essentially racist function. It was meant to distinguish Europeans from non-Europeans — the word’s “Eastern origin” was meant to denote an intrinsic …