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 [...]

Rethinking 4th Of July With Historical Truths

Ray Raphael offers some context for the Declaration of Independence: In 1997, Pauline Maier published American Scripture, where she uncovered 90 state and local "declarations of independence" [...]

Why Just Statues? Why Not Topple the US Constitution As Well?

By Dan Lazare, Strategic Culture. -

There’s no point toppling slaveholders without toppling what slaveholders wrought, up to and including their greatest achievement of all – the U.S. Constitution. This is the document that not [...]

US Racism’s $13 Trillion Legacy Is Just The Start

By Anna Szymanski, Reuters. -

New York - Around the time the United States formally abolished slavery in 1865, African Americans owned 0.5% of the United States’ wealth. Today they own under 3%, even though around 13% of the [...]

The Black New Yorker Who Led The Charge Against Police Violence In The 1830s

By Jonathan Daniel Wells, TIME. -

At the apex of the kidnapping club were two members of the New York police force, Tobias Boudinot and Daniel D. Nash. Both had grown up in or near Manhattan and they shared a deep disdain for [...]

Black Lives Extinguished, Black Ancestors’ Bodies Desecrated

By Marsha Coleman Adebayo, Black Agenda Report. -

This week, the progressive community is deeply traumatized over the slaughter of innocent Black people and the determination of ruling elites in politics, media and civil societies to patch up a [...]