In the past year I have noticed more attention being devoted to people, once heavily involved in the white supremacist movement, who are now making a life altering decision to distance themselves from it. Often membership meant emblazing symbols of their beliefs on their body with tattoos. For people wanting to remove all expressions
Former Spokane, Washington NAACP President Nkechi Diallo, previously Rachel Dolezal, has been in the news for being charged, and pleading not guilty, for welfare fraud and perjury. As a student of race and culture I see her story as another dimension in the discussion on racial identity and required more attention than the
One of the podcast I listen to, as I am on the treadmill, is Code Switch, one of the NPR podcast that features discussions on race and politics. Last March I listened to a podcast titled Throw Some Respect on My Name. The subject was about a civil rights organizer named Mary Hamilton.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama on April 26th. The memorial is a visual presentation of the history of lynching in America. The memorials creation is the result of the work of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The EJI website defines it’s mission as “litigating on
Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s latest book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, can be read as a summation of all the related issues that together gives us a template for where and how to begin the discussion on race. This book provides a “cheat sheet” of sorts that identifies key issues
The convict leasing system had adapted itself the a new social order after the civil war. States used the exception within the 13th amendment-that outlawed slavery- to imprison and hire out convicts to individuals and companies that desperately needed to rebuild a southern economy devastated by the war. Whether by gang labor or individual task,
In 2008 Doulas Blackman published Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of African Americans From The Civil War to World War II. His book won a Pulitzer Prize for describing the misuse of the thirteenth amendment to commit black citizens to a condition that became known as “worse than slavery.”
The civil war left the