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An 'unarmed' white teen was shot dead by police. His family asks: Where is the outrage?

Zachary Hammond was on a first date when he was fatally shot by a police officer in his car during a drug bust in South Carolina, his family says.<p>At the time the 19-year-old was shot and killed, his date, Tori Morton, was eating an ice cream cone, according to the family's attorney, Eric …

South Carolina

Was Mister Rogers Racist? Twelve Facts About Our Favorite Neighbor

Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of <i>Mister Rogers' Neighborhood</i>, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration. But even as an …

The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier

On Sunday July 19, 2015 Anthony Hervey was killed while driving home on Mississippi’s Highway 6 after attending a rally in Birmingham, Alabama to …

War

The Ironic, Tragic History of the Louisiana Purchase That Your Teacher Never Told You

<i>This article supplements Episode 5 of The History of American Slavery, our inaugural Slate Academy. Please join Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca</i> …

Little Known Black History Fact: Officer Edward Thomas

PLAY AUDIO<p><b>Senior Officer Edward Thomas,</b> a retired Houston police officer, was the Texas city’s first successful Black officer. The Houston Police …

Who Was Jim Crow?

Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Act targeted the laws and practices of Jim Crow. Here’s where the name came from.<p>In 1944, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP held a mock-funeral for him. In 1963, participants in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom symbolically buried him. Racial …

Why the American Frontier Was Ripe for Slave Revolt

In Episode 5 of <b>The History of American Slavery</b>, a <b>Slate Academy</b>, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the slave rebellions—both real and …

Corporate Slavery & the Black Codes

<i>Friends of Padre Steve’s World</i><p><i>A couple of weeks ago I posted a part of my Civil War and Gettysburg Staff Ride text about the Infamous Black Codes</i> …

Plan to launch Brazil’s only slave memoir, revisit dark past

By Adriana Gomez Licon <i>Associated Press</i> | Last updated: Aug 5, 2015 - 5:02:31 PM<p>RIO DE JANEIRO - Taken from Africa and sold into slavery in Brazil, …

'Don't call me Toby:' The story of the slave who fought back

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kunta Kinte Island sits at the mouth of the Gambia River. Though tiny -- it is barely big enough to house some ruins of its past and a baobab grove -- the role it has played in world history has been large indeed.<p>Because the Gambian river runs like an artery from the Atlantic into Africa, …

West Africa

NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

What I am about to confess I remember on a day in summer at the start of the ’60s, when I was a boy of nine or ten or eleven. I know exactly where I …

African-American News

An Oral History of the West African Village That Has Been in South Carolina for Four Decades

Oyotunji is an unlikely outpost of the Yoruba religion, a place where people can live lives devoted to worshipping their ancestors and honoring their culture.<p>The king on his throne. All photos of an ancestor worship ceremony at Oyotunji by the author<p>At the tail end of the 1960s, elements within the …

The Klan, the Courts & White Rule: The End of Freedom

<i>Friends of Padre Steve’s World</i><p><b>Today I am completing, for now anyway, my series on what happened after the Civil War which is taken from my Gettysburg</b> …

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners review: ‘a vivid picture of the spread of slavery profits’

David Olusoga was a thoughtful, thorough, unswerving guide to how slavery was abolished, but the underlying ideas and attitudes endure<p>David Olusoga’s two-part documentary <b>Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners</b> (BBC2) concluded last night by following the money. The money in question was that paid to the …

Income Tax

Yes it Was About Slavery

<i>Friends of Padre Steve’s World</i><p><i>I have began to write about racism in regard to the Confederate Flag controversy and what I call the “sanitized</i> …

War

The Secret History Of Black Baseball Players In Japan

In the fall of 1936, a 24-year-old black baseball player from rural Louisiana stepped off a boat in Tokyo. His name was James Bonner. An ace pitcher with a vicious submarine pitch, Bonner, according to Japanese newspapers breathlessly heralding his arrival, once threw 22 strikeouts in a single game …

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded …

Biggest Symbol Of Racism In American History, Fully Supported By Liberals

Barbecue is an American tradition – of enslaved Africans and Native Americans | Michael W Twitty

The traditional holiday cookout has its roots in the cooperation between black and indigenous peoples struggling to get or keep their freedom from colonialists<p>Barbecue is a form of cultural power and is intensely political, with a culture of rules like no other American culinary tradition: sauce or …

His racist colleagues were as dangerous as the criminals: Meet New York’s first black police officer

<b>Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his granddaughter Yvonne, at City Hall in New York, Sept. 4, 1941. (AP)</b><p>His life was threatened repeatedly and fellow officers were of little assistance. Samuel Battle fought on anyway<p>Arthur Browne<p>July 3, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “One Righteous Man: Samuel …

The American Revolution’s Losers Weren’t All British

The story of the American Revolution has been so often told that it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s anything new left to say.<p>Even those …

World History

See 9 Striking Historical Photos of African American Women

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Catches Fire (Mar. 25, 1911)<p><b>By Michele Anderson</b><p>The Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s fire resulted in the tragic loss of …

Civil Rights

Slaves in their own words: Recordings of a lost world

The 13th amendment abolishing slavery was passed 150 years ago. Thanks to the Library of Congress, the voices of some of those who were emancipated can now be heard<p>Around four million slaves were freed at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Over the generations their stories have been passed …

Pentagon Admits to Race-Based Human Experiments During WWII | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

The U.S. Army has finally admitted to conducting experiments on human subjects with chemical weapons throughout World War II—simply because they were …

I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. - Vox

Up until about a year ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves.<p>The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers …

Slavery

1.5 Million Slavery Era Documents Will Be Digitized, Helping African Americans to Learn About Their Lost Ancestors

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project -- a new initiative spearheaded by the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Afro-American Historical and …

The Gory Way Japanese Generals Ended Their Battle on Okinawa

When the World War II battle over the Japanese island of Okinawa officially ended 70 years ago today, on June 22, 1945, it had secured its place as …

The Ethiopian Gold Mine that may have supplied the Queen of Sheba with her riches

Ever wondered where the Queen of Sheba got her gold from? Sudan and Ethiopia are both in the region of what was the kingdom of Sheba, and both have …