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“Good White Stock”: Child Refugees of the British Empire

by Michelle Chen on November 26 2009, 5:47AM

Forced migration, displacement, and racial social engineering are ugly modern phenomena that we typically associate with the denigration of oppressed racial and religious groups. But we recently got a glimpse of a colonization effort that in some ways inverted…

Topics: History, Immigration

Not Everybody Loved Hominid Fossil “Lucy”

by Guest Columnist on November 25 2009, 6:43PM

By Adebe D.A. It’s 150 years later, and we’re still debating Darwin’s good old Origin of Species. A new exposition center, The Discovery Times Square Exposition, was launched in New York City, and featured the 3.2 million-year-old fossil known as…

Topics: History

Kids Reenacting First Thanksgiving with Smallpox Blankets

by Yvonne Yen Liu on November 25 2009, 11:08AM

Kids say the darnedest things. Especially when they voice social truths about history. Here, kids reenact the First Thanksgiving, how it really went down. The white settlers greet the American Indians as “savages”, greedily eat the food, strong-arm the…

Topics: History

An Overdue Gesture: Birmingham Protesters Pardoned

by Michelle Chen on August 12 2009, 4:59PM

It’s about time. The Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama seeks to put a small stitch in wounds left over from the Civil Rights Movement, by issuing a blanket pardon to activists arrested during demonstrations, sit-ins and marches of the era….

Topics: History, Politics

Pioneering Black Cover Girl Naomi Sims Dies

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2009, 10:22AM

Naomi Sims died of breast cancer on August 1, 2009, aged 61, in Newark, New Jersey. She was born in Oxford, Mississippi, the youngest of three daughters. She was ostracized by her community because of her color and height. But…

Topics: History

Obama, Gates and Crowley: The Clink Heard Around The World

by Jorge Rivas on July 31 2009, 4:15AM

President Barack Obama, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergeant James Crowley toast at the start of their meeting in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 30, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Thank Goodness…

Topics: History

University of California Regents Vote to Give Honorary Degrees to Interned Japanese American Students

by Jorge Rivas on July 17 2009, 10:38AM

Yesterday the University of California Board of Regents voted to grant special honorary degrees to hundreds of men and women forced to leave their studies at the University of California as a result of the internment of people of Japanese…

Topics: History

Racializing Uighurs: The Story of Internal Colonialism in China

by Yvonne Yen Liu on July 9 2009, 6:20PM

China extends 3,400 miles from the west to the east and falls into five different time zones. Yet, the country operates on a single standard of time, eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, all year round based on…

Topics: History

Vulnerability and Malcolm X

by Adrienne Maree Brown on May 20 2009, 11:31AM

via www.adriennemareebrown.net/blog yesterday was malcolm x’s 84th birthday. happy birthday el-hajj malik el-shabazz. here’s a wonderful post from grace lee boggs on knowing malcolm. today i’ve been thinking about the violence of last night here in Oakland, and the lessons…

Topics: History

What’s so special about February?

by Michelle Chen on February 13 2009, 2:11PM

Amid the confusion and excitement about the shape of racial politics under the new administration, the idea of Black History Month has taken on new shades of appreciation—and derision. Some thoughts about the purpose of Black History (or African…

Topics: History

Holiday Reflection

by Adrienne Maree Brown on October 14 2008, 9:33AM

tnews is reporting this economic crisis as shaking down from the upper echelons of corporate power, but I feel it rumbling up through our foundations, souls of displaced indigenous warriors and runaway slaves, a spiritual reckoning that can’t be bought out, smoothed over.

Topics: History

Four Little Girls Who Changed the World

by Jonathan Adams on September 16 2008, 2:14PM

On September 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four little Black girls, none older than fourteen years old, were killed in that bombing. Their deaths, like the death…

Topics: History

“Traces of the Trade,” A Unique Story of Family Confronting Its Slave-trading Past, Tuesday, June 24 on PBS

by Jonathan Adams on June 23 2008, 9:16AM

First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery - her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade: from their old hometown in Rhode…

Topics: History

Happy Juneteenth!

by Jonathan Adams on June 19 2008, 10:12AM

Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the day when word about the abolition of slavery finally reached Texas in 1865. Since then, Juneteenth has been a day of celebration for many African Americans, a de facto second Independence Day…

Topics: History

Flags of Our Fathers?

by Jonathan Adams on June 11 2008, 10:24AM

This weekend, on June !4th, we will celebrate Flag Day. If you, like me, have no idea what happens on this day, Wikipedia says, “the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for…

Topics: History

King’s Legacy Not Set in Stone

by Jonathan Adams on May 20 2008, 9:20AM

H/T Too Sense Eugene Robinson writes in his column today about the controversy surrounding the statue of Martin Luther King commissioned by the US Commission on Fine Arts to serve as his national monument in Washington and compares the…

Topics: History

A Tale of Two Selmas…

by Guest Columnist on March 9 2007, 1:47PM

(www.sojournproject.com/) RaceWire brings you another moving I-Narrative about race—this time a stark reflection on a Selma march Theresa Calpotura re-enacted some years back that brought her face to face with what Senators Obama and Clinton, even after their visit…

Topics: History