Tag: slavery

Michelle Obama Race Matters

Michelle Obama Invited To Grave Of Ancestor Slave By Anderson Cooper’s Cousin

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s cousin Whitney Tower, a descendant of ferry and railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt, has invited Michelle Obama to visit the gravesite of her great-great-grandfather Jim Robinson, a slave who was buried on the family’s plantation in South Carolina.

Tower who is writing a memoir about addiction, “The Gilded Needle” tells the Daily News “After Lincoln freed the slaves, Jim Robinson stayed on and worked there. We believe he was buried there in 1888, in the African-American cemetery. Ms. Obama is welcome to visit anytime.”

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Africa Europe Race Matters

The Jamaica Observer: “Slavery Was Good For The Black Man”

Blindie stumbled upon a Jamaica Observer , praising slavery as “our most important contact with modernity,” in which “blacks were able to understand some of the principles of global trade.” It seems to be written by a black man, as he uses the collective ‘we’ throughout his outrageous article.

The author Michael Dingwall argues that when Europeans came to Africa to buy slaves, they found “a society and people vastly inferior to theirs” because Africans “had not developed” the “concept of nation or government,” “science and technology,” and “as a people, we had no sense of self-identity…we were uncivilised.”

Had Dingwall done his research, he would’ve learned that the origins of politics, science, technology and civilized kingdoms originated in Africa and the colonization and kidnapping of its people divided nations and severely stunted her growth.

When Europeans were living in caves and dressing in animal skins, Africans were building kingdoms, mapping the stars, pondering life after death, and building pyramids of mathematical proportions.

Dingwall even overlooks the psychological repercussions of slavery and the institutionalized racism that went along with it, further claiming, “We blacks were changed, for the better, I might add, on account of slavery. We are a better race today because our ancestors went though slavery.”

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Race Matters Religion

Scholars Say Americans Prefer Segregated Sundays

Some blacks as well as whites prefer segregated Sundays when it comes to attending church services, religious scholars tell CNN.

“Americans may be poised to nominate a black man to run for president, but it’s segregation as usual in U.S. churches,” the article reads. “Only about 5 percent of the nation’s churches are racially integrated, and half of them are in the process of becoming all-black or all-white.”

In the midst of the House’s recent apology to black Americans for slavery and Jim Crow laws, Blindie finds it ironic that slavery and Jim Crow, which kept churches segregated during our nation’s early history, still continue to keep blacks and white separated today.


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Politics Race Matters

UPDATE: House Apologizes to Blacks for Slavery & Jim Crow

The House of Representatives issued a groundbreaking apology to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

“Today represents a milestone in our nation’s efforts to remedy the ills of our past,” Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said.

Although the unprecedented federal apology doesn’t mention reparations for the suffering caused to black Americans and their ancestors, Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen (pictured with Barack Obama), who spearheaded the resolution, said, “Slavery and Jim Crow are stains upon what is the greatest nation on the face of the earth.”

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Politics Race Matters

House Set to Apologize for Slavery & Jim Crow

The House of Representatives is set to pass a resolution that would apologize to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow, according to CNN.

Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee, introduced the nonbinding resolution. If passed, it will be the first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery.

By passing the resolution, the House will acknowledge the “injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow,” an aide to Cohen said.

This piece of legislation has the Internet buzzing, with the Washington Post‘s readers sparking serious debates on Ben Pershing’s “Capitol Briefing” blog.

In response to another Pershing reader–who asked why we can’t “just move on” since it’s been 140 years since slavery–a commenter, who calls him/herself “Black and Bitter Like Coffee,” said:

We can “just move on” when America owns its role for slavery in America and the results of forcibly taking men, women and children from their native continent so that white America can become the privileged class. When white America learn to refuse and give up their benefits of “white privilege”, then we can “move on.” Until then, the division will exist. It’s that simple.

PHOTO: Karen Walker’s “The End of Uncle Tom and the Grand Allegorical Tableau of Eva in Heaven” (1995)

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