Comparison Fail: Enslaved American Child vs. Enslaved Thai Child

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A recent photo-gone-viral (and the comments it generated) shows we’ve got a long way to go when it comes to understanding slavery and the needs of children.

Does Using “Slavery” to Describe Mental Bondage minimize Chattel Slavery?

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You Chose Slavery: How to Claim Our Heritage as Free Men


Shawn Rhodes spent half his life as a slave. It took him decades to learn he was born with the keys to his freedom.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Jupiter Hammon


Jupiter Hammon was the first published black American poet. He was writing before the United States even existed.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Joseph Cinque


The revolt aboard The Amistad and the subsequent Supreme Court trial indicated a shift in U.S. views towards slavery. In a sense, Joseph Cinque heralded the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Madison Washington


Madison Washington led the most successful slave revolt in U.S. history.

Heroes, Race, and a Man Named Washington


Brian Shea seeks to come to terms with the legacy of George Washington, and without the usual excuses.

Goodness and the Sliding Scale of Time

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“Yesterdays goodness isn’t good enough”, says Jackie Summers

White People: Take a Friend to See ’12 Years a Slave’


Jamie Utt has a request for his fellow white people this Thanksgiving weekend.

UCLA Student Calls Out Institutionalized Racism


UCLA student says “Stop pretending that the wounds of our past have healed. We’re not asking for a handout, we’re asking for a level playing field.”

Explaining Reparations to the Anti-Tax Crowd


Tommy Raskin looks at two different ways to make reparations to oppressed people — either directly or indirectly. Which would you choose?

The Blame Game


Mike Sliwa believes blame has replaced responsibility and therefore reinforced dominant points of view.

The 4th o’ July: Remembrance of Things Past

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Ross Steinborn remembers the words of Frederick Douglas, and reminds us to look to both the past and the future for our vision of freedom.

Statue of Frederick Douglas Unveiled in D.C.

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Frederick Douglas joined fellow black Americans in Emancipation Hall when a 7-foot bronze statue was unveiled earlier this week.

The Unspoken Many: When Disability Hate Crime Lurks in the Shadows for Too Long


Erin Kelly, a writer with Cerebral Palsy, speaks about the tragic rise of disability hate crimes.

Do Something: Human Trafficking & the Bystander Effect

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Photographer Nannette Ricaforte on why she fights against human trafficking.