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Slavery rears its ugly head in Colorado

It seemed like a no-brainer: Colorado’s voters were asked to eliminate an archaic and offensive reference to slavery as a punishment for a crime in the state Constitution. But a week after the vote,

13th. Repackaging slavery

The documentary 13th argues that the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery except as “punishment for crime,” has not outlawed the practice of slavery. It has merely
What the Fugitive Slave Act Can Teach Us About Sanctuary Cities

What the Fugitive Slave Act Can Teach Us About Sanctuary Cities

A historian argues that the 1850 law provides a cautionary tale about what can happen if federal authorities take on sanctuary cities
Geraldo Rivera Resigns From Yale Fellowship After Calhoun College Renamed For Grace Murray Hopper

Geraldo Rivera Resigns From Yale Fellowship After Calhoun College Renamed For Grace Murray Hopper

For Geraldo Rivera, changing the name of Yale’s Calhoun College, named after a proslavery racist, to honor groundbreaking scientist Grace Murray Hopper was just too “intolerant” for him. Think
Jefferson’s Monticello Makes Room for Sally Hemings

Jefferson’s Monticello Makes Room for Sally Hemings

As the country slowly, surely comes to grips with its slaveholding past, one of its most iconic buildings is set to do the same.Read more...
Watch: Spotlight on Black History’s Storytellers

Watch: Spotlight on Black History’s Storytellers

The video below was published in partnership with Peabody Spotlight, a digital series produced by the Peabody Media Center at the University of Georgia in commemoration of Black History Month.Read
Harvard Confronts Its Ties to Slavery; Ta-Nehisi Coates Calls for Reparations

Harvard Confronts Its Ties to Slavery; Ta-Nehisi Coates Calls for Reparations

Harvard University is the latest university to try to make amends with its slavery-tainted past. Read more...
Class Action Lawsuit Claims Thousands of ICE Detainees Were Forced Into Labor, Violating Anti-Slavery Laws

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Thousands of ICE Detainees Were Forced Into Labor, Violating Anti-Slavery Laws

As it turns out, there are allegations that tens of thousands of immigrants who were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and held at a private U.S. prison company were also forced
Samuel L. Jackson on Ben Carson’s ‘Immigrants’: ‘MUTHAF--KA PLEASE!!!’

Samuel L. Jackson on Ben Carson’s ‘Immigrants’: ‘MUTHAF--KA PLEASE!!!’

Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson proved Monday that he knows absolutely nothing about slavery. Then Samuel L. Jackson proved that he has no problem calling the head of the U.S. Department of Housing and

Ben Carson Refers To Slaves As Immigrants Who Dreamed Of A Better Life

In another alarming display of rewriting history and general lunacy, Trump's Housing and Urban Housing secretary Ben Carson, told HUD employees during a speech that slaves were "immigrants" who came
Underground: A Stellar Slave Tale Even if You’re Slaved Out

Underground: A Stellar Slave Tale Even if You’re Slaved Out

Whenever I hear skinfolk exclaim that they are exhausted by slave-related stories, my immediate reaction traditionally is to extend to them the invitation to shut their black asses up. About a year
7 Times Harriet Tubman Was a Badass Superhero

7 Times Harriet Tubman Was a Badass Superhero

Harriet Tubman is having a moment. Right now she is the “it” girl of history. Read more...
Some Trump Boasts Stumble, But Jobs Do Grow

Some Trump Boasts Stumble, But Jobs Do Grow

Here's how the facts line up on recent comments from Sean Spicer, Donald Trump, and Scott Pruitt.

Does Judge Gorsuch Believe in Liberty and Equality for All?

Conservatives have championed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as an originalist in the mold of his mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. “Judge Gorsuch is a longstanding proponent of the view

Does Neil Gorsuch Believe in Liberty and Equality for All?

Conservatives have championed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as an originalist in the mold of his mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. “Judge Gorsuch is a longstanding proponent of the view
‘I Brought You in This World and I’ll Take You Out’: How Black Folks’ Obsession With Whupping Is Killing Us

‘I Brought You in This World and I’ll Take You Out’: How Black Folks’ Obsession With Whupping Is Killing Us

Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America is one of those necessary African-American reads, like Between the World and Me; I’m Judging You; and Coldest Winter Ever. It’s not just
5 Things President Trump Says America Doesn’t Know
Black Georgetown Employee Found Out the School Sold His Great-Great-Great Grandmother

Black Georgetown Employee Found Out the School Sold His Great-Great-Great Grandmother

One Georgetown University employee recently found out that he was tied to the school by more than a paycheck. Read more...
Why This Season’s Underground Should Be in Every Conversation About the War on Drugs

Why This Season’s Underground Should Be in Every Conversation About the War on Drugs

Over the last few years, I have spent a lot of time thinking, talking and writing about the war on drugs, particularly how it affects black women. And it is clear that the writers of WGN’s

Divided We Fall

It only took a week after Donald Trump’s inauguration before Democrats and the media began to warn that our democracy faces a grave and potentially fatal threat. On the second weekend of Trump’s