These High School Murals Depict an Ugly History. Should They Go? | The New York Times

Carol Pogash, The New York Times One of the 13 murals that make up “The Life of Washington,” at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times, Featured Image SAN FRANCISCO — In one of the murals, George Washington points westward over the dead body of a Native American. Another […]

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American Exceptionalism (White Exceptionalism by a nicer name) | Medium

William Spivey, Medium Illustration by Matthieu Bourel, photograph by Edu Bayer for The New York Times, Featured Image American Exceptionalism has been described by historians since the mid-1800s. Definitions fall basically into three camps. 1. Because of its unique origins, born from revolution, America is unique from all other nations. Never having Kings and Queens […]

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Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism | The Guardian

Kaitlyn Greenidge, The Guardian Colorism is not just an American phenomenon; skin bleaching cream is sold in majority black or people of color countries throughout the world. Illustration: Jamilla Okubo., Featured Image You cannot separate the often painful stereotypes of colorism from misogyny and the sexual exploitation inherent in American slavery. To combat it we […]

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What Shirley Chisholm’s Legacy Means to These 7 Congresswomen | Elle

Madison Feller, Elle African American educator and U.S. congresswoman Shirley Chisholm stands at a podium and gives the victory sign, circa 1968. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images). Featured Image Shirley Chisholm is a veritable icon. About 50 years ago, she became the first black woman to ever be elected to the U.S. Congress, and from […]

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She Survived a Slave Ship, the Civil War and the Depression. Her Name Was Redoshi. | The New York Times

Sandra E. Garcia, The New York Times Redoshi, who was known as Sally Smith after she became enslaved, with her husband, called Uncle Billy or Yawith. Credit via Shirley Quarles, Featured Image It has long been believed that a man named Cudjo Lewis was the last living survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the […]

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