Category Archives: History US

But That Was Then, This Is Now: Part 4: The Racial Wealth Gap

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“The Racial Wealth Gap: Two Reports on Income and Asset Disparity”

But That Was Then, This Is Now : Part 3 A Little Property History

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Slave-based Economy: Slavery Was the Source of White Real Estate and Power

But That Was Then, This Is Now : Part 2 Housing Inequality

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“Segregation Policies, Redlining and the Present Racial Housing Disparity”

But That Was Then, This Is Now : Part 1 Introduction

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“Racial disparity: Institutional Racism from Black Codes to the Present”

Salsbury’s Slavery Spectacular!

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“Revisionist History and Slavery as Entertainment at The Black America Show”

Loophole

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“Angola: From Slave breeder’s Asset to Prison Plantation”.

Zwarte Piet : Putting the Racial Struggle Into Perspective, Again!

zwarte piet again

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So let me get this straight:

Sinterklaas can still be Sinterklaas.
He and his Pieten can still arrive in Amsterdam on the steamboat.
They can still have all the processions through cities and towns.
People can still come out to welcome them.
Kids can still wave at Sinterklaas and give the Pieten their drawings.
The Pieten can still wear the same costumes.
They can still hand out candy.
Everyone can still eat pepernoten,
and taai-taai,
and marzipan,
and kruidnoten,
and suikerbeesten,
and amandelstaven,
and chocolate letters,
and speculaas poppen
and drink hot chocolate.
Everyone can still sing Sinterklaas songs.
You can still have Book Piet, Organizer Piet, Grumpy Piet and what have you Piet (a relatively new phenomenon).
Everyone can still buy Sinterklaas and Piet dolls at Xenos (also relatively new).
Kids and adults can still place their shoes at home on Sinterklaas Eve.
Kids and adults can even place their shoes at school, at work, on the street and in the bars (again, new).
People can still exchange gifts.
Children can still make surprises.
A good time can still be had by all.

The only thing that would change is the color of Piet’s face and hair.
And this is how you react?

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(Welcome to the Netherlands, where all cultures are accepted except our own.)

Have you all lost your mother-loving minds?

My original series on the whole Zwarte Piet issue starts here.

The Thanksgiving Gremlins

Halloween wreathIn her book Daring Greatly, self-help guru Brené Brown talks about gremlins as being the voices in our heads that tell us we must do this, we must behave so, we should have done that, etc. The gremlins are the critics–our parents, society, or our own (unrealistic) expectations for ourselves. The idea is to identify those gremlins and then basically tell them to shut up. There’s a little more to it than that, but that’ll do for the purpose of this post. Continue reading

The Zwarte Piet Debacle From the Outside, Again

zwarte clownOkay, it’s the end of November and that means that Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is arriving in the Netherlands, with his helpers, who have traditionally been all called Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). The Zwarte Pieten are traditionally white people with blackface. People of color in the Netherlands have gradually become vocal about not liking that and the Dutch reaction is incredibly embarrassing to me. Continue reading

Fascism in America 2: Exceptionalism

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“American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerously Naive Form of Nationalism”

From Nationalism to Patriotism, Again

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“Charlottesville: From Patriotism to Nationalism to Malignant Nationalism”

Neither Racist Nor Responsible?

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“The Blurry Lines Between White Responsibility, White Privilege and Racism”

From Nationalism to Patriotism: A Girl Can Dream

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“Recognizing Fascism: Introducing History Education in Post-Trump America”

 

Whenever You’re Ready

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“American Re-education: America After Trump”.

Collective Stockholm Syndrome: The Reason Facts Don’t Convince?

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“Collective Stockholm Syndrome, Battered Wife Syndrome and Trump’s Base”

What Passes for History Here

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“What Passes for American History Education is Pathetic, and Now I Know Why”

Uh, Independence From What?

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“Don’t Blame the Koch Brothers — American Education Was Always Awful”

Confederate-flag-racism

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“The Confederate Flag Will No Longer Fly at the South Carolina State Capitol”

The Confederate Flag: The Beginning of the End?

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“The Confederate Flag Will No Longer Fly at the South Carolina State Capitol”

A Few Books and Movies About American Slavery

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A Few Books and Movies About Slavery I Can Recommend.”

Reconstruction: What If?

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“What Would Black History Look Like if the Reconstruction Had Continued?”

The Meridian Riot of 1871

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“The Meridian Race Riot of 1871: The Failure of the Rickety Reconstruction”

Reconstruction: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

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“The Reconstruction: Federal Army, Carpetbaggers, and Blacks in Office”

Slaveholders, Militant Immediatists and Everyone in Between

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“Slaveholders, Militant Immediatists and Others on the Abolition Spectrum”

Freedom: Some Qualifications

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“Free People of Color: Before Abolition It Was a Freedom with Qualifications”

American Slavery: A Quick When and Why

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“Slavery and the American Civil War: A Quick When and Why”

Laura Plantation

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“Laura Plantation: A Sugar Plantation Tour With Barely a Mention of Slavery”

Brigham Young and Infamous Legacies in General

Brigham Young(image from biography.com)

Brigham Young
(image from biography.com)

Well, I’ll probably be banned from ever entering Utah for this, but here goes.

I just read The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. It tells the somewhat parallel stories of two nineteenth wives: Ann Eliza Webb, wife of Brigham Young, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints’  second leader in the 1870s, Continue reading