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The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good

The American public only loses when we don’t allow felons to try to reintegrate into society.

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For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.

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Medicine Is Racist Too

The medical field has “race corrected” measurements that just go to show there are inherent biases that run through many threads in everyday life, despite our trust in seemingly objective science.

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The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

Four miles south of the Ferguson protest’s ground zero, along the same street, in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

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Melville, Capitalism and Slavery

A new history of the events behind Herman Melville’s 1855 novella “Benito Cereno” takes up the question of how slavery shaped the “psychic and imaginative” dimensions of contemporary capitalism, rather than merely the “social or financial” aspects.

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Self-Described Prison Slave Said to Hide Plea for Help in Upscale Shopping Bag

After picking up a pair of boots at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, a young woman reportedly made an unsettling discovery.

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The American Story of Slavery

Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

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Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

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The Bleached Bones of the Dead

Slave ships were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments.

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The Internal Enemy

Know these lyrics? “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.” That’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Louis CK on White Privilege and Slavery

The comedian explains why his daughter is not allowed to think bubble gum-flavored medicine is gross.

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Where Do Today’s Slaves Live?

There are 30 million slaves in the world and 60,000 of them live in the United States, according to a new report. It’s time to acknowledge that slave labor still exists in many forms and do something about it.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Study Finds Modern Race Attitudes Parallel Old Slavery Zones

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered links between geographic areas of the South where slavery and the plantation economy dominated, and modern attitudes toward African-Americans and political conservatism. And it’s somewhat hereditary, with new generations reflecting the racial and social attitudes of their parents, according to the new study.

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Japanese Mayor Defends Sex Slavery

It turns out America hasn’t cornered the market on reprehensible politicians. The mayor of Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, just said the 200,000 female slaves who were forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II were part of a “necessary” system.

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Huckabee Compares Abortion to Holocaust During GOP Event

Delivering the keynote speech at the Celebrate Life forum in Iowa over the weekend, former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee claimed that abortion has become “this incredible Holocaust of our own in America.”

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Mississippi Finally Ratifies 13th Amendment, Thanks to ‘Lincoln’

A doctor inspired by the movie “Lincoln” has spurred Mississippi to become the final state to officially ratify the amendment that abolished slavery in the U.S., 148 years after the fact.

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There’s Nothing Racist About Gun Control ... Anymore

Just when you thought the debate over gun control couldn’t get any more twisted, the old claim has been revived that slavery might not have lasted so long in America if black people had been granted the right to bear arms at the outset of their arrival in the new world.

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White Power to the Rescue

As Southern whites sink into economic and cultural despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past. They ignore Confederate atrocities in a desperate effort to restore what they view as a lost paradise.

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Sex Amid the Stacks

The covering over a painting of a slave performing fellatio on a white man has been removed at the Newark Public Library after much controversy; foreign universities are struggling to compete with elite American ones in the online education market; meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal has revealed that the National Counterterrorism Center has been given massive amounts of authority to surveil Americans via datasets. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



Republicans Angry About Tax Hike, Krugman on the Fiscal Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House vote on the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night and President Obama marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous presidential proclamations. (UPDATED)

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How Many Controversial Comments Can Arkansas Republicans Make in One Week?

From defending slavery to advocating for the killing of disobedient children, there’s been a lot of crazy talk by some GOP politicians in the state of Arkansas recently.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Closes Gap, ‘SNL’ Mocks Debate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney makes a major foreign policy speech and a Republican lawmaker defends slavery.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE


Frisking History for Some Insights on Racism

In an urgent and informed discussion on race relations spanning America’s early history to the stop-and-frisk policies of the present, author, historian and New York Public Library research director Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad tells Bill Moyers how the nation’s laws were written to control black Americans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Perpetuating Modern Day Slavery

Soliciting a modern day slave to write about modern day slaves? Great concept for an improv comedy sketch. Although it might seem sad, and funny, it’s exactly what an advertiser on a media job board has done.

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Ron Paul’s Social Security Hypocrisy, Jon Stewart Catches Another Fox News Distortion and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top Obama administration official facing a contempt vote, a new birther conspiracy and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart takes on Fox News (yet again).

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Not Only Slavery, but AIDS Too

Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin suggest in their new book, “Tinderbox,” that colonialists’ aggressive trade practices opened new travel routes in central Africa that helped spread a disease rooted in a dense forest to the world beyond.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Interracial Love Is No Societal Cure-All

Charting the demise of racism by the rising number of interracial marriages is probably not the most reliable indicator that it’s ending. Wouldn’t the elimination of disparities in income, employment, health care, education, crime, punishment and family structure be more accurate indicators?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

Can President Obama take advantage of the egalitarian sentiment let loose in the country by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? The best response comes not from polls but from history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



Amazon’s Sweatshop

Amazon’s warehouse has brutal working conditions; women are beginning to take over the workforce; meanwhile, a website and app have been developed to tell you how many slaves are working for you. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Ready ... Fire ... Aim!

In his latest self-revelatory essay, our resident genius cartoonist tells a tale of triumph over the oppressive forces of consumerism—or at least the security chief at Barnes & Noble. Call it an origin story, as this incident freed the author to fully become the inimitable Mr. Fish.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE    


Let’s Not Spin the Civil War

The Civil War is about to loom very large in the popular memory. We would do well to be candid about its causes and not allow the distortions of contemporary politics or long-standing myths to cloud our understanding of why the nation fell apart.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE


Colonialism Still at Heart of Africa’s Problems

What do you call it when a country’s elites exploit its people and resources for profit abroad?

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From ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans’ to Children’s Ears

A Virginia fourth-grade textbook falsely claims that “Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks” during the Civil War. The author of the book relied heavily on a pro-Confederacy group she found on the Internet.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Unhinged on the Right

To hijack the horrors of the Holocaust and slavery in the service of a political campaign demeans the candidate and, worse, dishonors the victims. Decency demands that some comparisons be off-limits.

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The Confederacy Isn’t Something to Be Proud Of

Slavery wasn’t just “a bad thing,” as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently said in dismissing it. Littering is a bad thing. Slavery was this nation’s Original Sin, and the revisionists behind Confederate History Month should be ashamed.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Pat Robertson Blames Quake on Haitians’ Satanic Pact

In this episode of “Pat Robertson Explains It All,” our host takes to the Christian airwaves to help everyone make sense of Tuesday’s gigantic earthquake in Haiti. Needless to say, it’s news to us that the Prince of Darkness had a hand in the matter, but Robertson assures his nodding sidekick that it’s the truth.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


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A Truth, Crudely Put

Forgive me if I am neither shocked nor outraged at Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama’s skin. What I would find stunning is evidence that his assessment was anything but accurate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in History

One writer spent four years inside the world of modern-day slavery, an industry that produces huge profits and countless wasted lives.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Carter Breaks With Southern Baptists Over Gender Equality Issue

Former President Jimmy Carter has made human rights an ongoing focus of his life’s work, and his position on the issue recently compelled him to sever his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after being affiliated with it for six decades. Carter, in a recent piece for The Observer, complains that higher-ups in the denomination haven’t changed their sexist ways.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Senate Is Sorry About Slavery

On Thursday, the Senate adopted a resolution that apologizes for the evils of slavery on behalf of the people of the United States, and “acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery, and Jim Crow laws.” The resolution does not, however, offer any form of reparation for the descendants of slaves.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Sends Rebs a Wreath

President Obama decided not to break with White House custom this Memorial Day and sent a wreath to honor the fallen Confederate soldiers who wanted nothing to do with the Union. But he also started a new and long-overdue tradition by honoring the hundreds of thousands of black Americans who fought against the South.

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE



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Where’s Rev. Wright When You Need Him?

Israel and the United States will together boycott the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Geneva. Racism, an endemic feature of Israeli and American society, is not, we have decided, open for international inspection. It’s times like this President Obama would do well to heed the sermons of his former pastor.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Brenda Wineapple on Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

Two recent books show how a man of reason and conservative temperament and a man of passion and radical disposition joined together, even before either knew it, to end slavery.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE


President Obama Can Redeem the White House

The first African-American elected president of the United States recently visited his soon-to-be residence, a house built by slaves. Alice Walker told me: “Even when they were building it, you know, in chains or in desperation and in sadness, they were building it for him.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


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