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 [...]

Capitalism Is Responsible For The Deaths Of Millions Of People

By Solomon Comissiong, Black Agenda Report. -

The United States' corporate media is a well-oiled machine, engineered to effectively distribute misinformation to masses of politically domesticated Americans. Like apex predators, they feast [...]

A Community Fights The County To Show Black Ancestor’s Lives Matter

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance. -

Clearing the FOG co-hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo of the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition about the struggle in her community to reclaim an [...]

How An African Cemetery Under A Parking Lot Galvanized A Community To Fight White Supremacy

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. -

The United States still has a long way to go to come to terms with its history of being founded on genocide and slavery. In recent years, we have heard about efforts to take down monuments to [...]

America’s Last Slave Ship Could Offer A Case For Reparations

By Jay Reeves, Apnews.com -

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama steamship owner Timothy Meaher financed the last slave vessel that brought African captives to the United States, and he came out of the Civil War a wealthy man. His [...]

400 Years After Slavery’s Start, No More Band-Aids

By Jessicah Pierre, Inequality.org -

Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in Virginia. Slavery is often reduced to a crime of America’s long-ago past. But enslaved labor created the [...]

400 Years After Slavery’s Start, No More Band-Aids

By Jessicah Pierre, Otherwords.org -

Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in Virginia. Slavery is often reduced to a crime of America’s long-ago past. But enslaved labor created the [...]

Starbucks Has A Slave Labor Problem

By Anna Canning, Fairworldproject.org -

Once again, Brazilian labor inspectors have found slave labor1 on plantations where Starbucks buys coffee. And not just any plantations, but ones that have been “certified” to Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. [...]

On Reparations, The Question Isn’t If, But When And How

By Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, Yesmagazine.org -

For nearly 250 years, enslaved Africans and their descendants toiled on the land and in the homes of White enslavers in the United States. They planted, fed, weeded, mowed, and harvested crops [...]