Descendants Sue County To Stop The Human Trafficking Of Black Bodies

By Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Black Agenda Report. -

The unthinkable, unconscionable, immoral, racist, and illegal is occurring in Bethesda, Maryland located in Montgomery County. For those who thought the buying and selling of Black bodies was [...]

Protesters Demand Wealthy MP Pays Up For Family’s Slave Trade Past

By Paul Lashmar, The Guardian. -

Protesters demanded yesterday that a Conservative MP should hand over his 621-acre sugar plantation to the people of Barbados as compensation for his family’s 200 years of slave owning and [...]

What Really Happened On Juneteenth

By Robin Washington, Forward. -

If you saw my column about Juneteenth posted here over the last few days, or a previous version on the website of Be’chol Lashon several years ago, or a video version currently presented by [...]

Boycott Juneteenth 2022

By Trevor Baldwin, News One. -

I believe the reason there’s more disdain than pride is because it feels like we’re honoring a crime – a day commemorating the end of a 2 ½ year hostage negotiation where the captors were not [...]

How Not To Celebrate Juneteenth

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report. -

Juneteenth was largely a regional holiday celebrated by Black people in Texas and other southern states. It commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Galveston and [...]

The Revolutionary Promise Of New Year’s Day

By New Frame. -

The celebration of New Year’s Day as a moment to contemplate renewal, usually personal renewal, follows the calendar adopted by Julius Caesar in 46BC. Designed by Greek mathematicians and [...]

The Long Shadow Of Racial Fascism

By Alberto Toscano, Black Agenda Report. -

In the wake of the 2016 election, public intellectuals latched onto the new administration’s organic and ideological links with the alt- and far right. But a mass civic insurgency against racial [...]

Sweet (And Sticky) Redemption

By Maurice Bailey and Nik Heynen, Scalawag Magazine. -

There is no U.S. agricultural history without the expertise and labor of African people who were enslaved across the South, including the Gullah/Geechee people of the lower Atlantic Coast. But [...]

On Contact: Origin Of White Supremacy

By Chris Hedges, RT. -

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the origin of white supremacy and how it plays out in contemporary society with historian Gerald Horne. Horne is the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair [...]

Enslaved People’s Health Was Ignored From The Country’s Beginning

By Eric Kyere, The Conversation. -

Some critics of Black Lives Matter say the movement itself is racist. Their frequent counterargument: All lives matter. Lost in that view, however, is a historical perspective. Look back to the [...]

Land Loss Has Plagued Black America Since Emancipation

By Julian Agyeman and Kofi Boone, The Conversation. -

Underlying the recent unrest sweeping U.S. cities over police brutality is a fundamental inequity in wealth, land, and power that has circumscribed black lives since the end of slavery in the [...]

Asheville Approves Reparations For Black Residents

By Joel Burgess, Asheville Citizen Times. -

Asheville, NC - In an extraordinary move, the City Council has apologized for the city's historic role in slavery, discrimination and denial of basic liberties to Black residents and voted to [...]

Toppling Statues As An Act Of Historical Redemption

By Onur Acaroglu, ROAR Magazine. -

The brutal murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police set off an unprecedented wave of protests. In a highly publicized, graphic execution, Floyd was killed in broad daylight for possession [...]

Remembering The Greatest 4th Of July Speech Of All Time

By Alan Gilbert, www.democratic-individuality.blogspot.com -

Frederick Douglass' speech is one of the 5 or 10 greatest American public speeches (enslaved and escaped, Douglass was a brilliant writer and speaker). Here is one vivid paragraph: "What, to [...]

Would Slavery Have Ended Sooner If British Had Defeated Colonists’ Bid For Independence?

By Keith Brooks, www.blackagendareport.com -

Historians have long grappled with the contradiction of a revolution under the banner of "all men are created equal" being largely led by slave owners. Once free of England, the U.S. grew over [...]