This is the third post in a series that started because of a white person’s question on Facebook: What have whites ever done to blacks — after slavery — to keep them from succeeding? Don’t they have exactly the same opportunities as we?
Read the introduction to the series here.
(For this post I rely heavily on Ned and Constance Sublette’s eye-opeing book: The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry.)
In America, one of the main ways to build assets is through home ownership. In the previous post I already laid out the many ways government on every level, together with the housing industry, kept African Americans segregated from whites, how they kept them out of middle-class neighborhoods and how they refused to give them mortgages. A century of segregated neighborhoods, racially restrictive covenants and redlining have left African Americans far behind where home ownership is concerned.
If we’re going to talk about real estate, though, to really understand the scope of the injustice done to African Americans, we need to go back to the very beginning of white land use in America. Continue reading
Posted in African Americans, American Civil War, Books, Civil Rights, History US, Housing, Jim Crow Era, Migrate, Slavery, The Colonies
Tagged African Americans, American history, Asset-building, Confederate history, financial disparity, history, Real Estate, Secession, Slave Breeding, Slave Economy, Slave Trade, Slave-based Economy, Slavery, Southern states, The American Slave Coast
A while ago I saw someone ask, somewhere on Facebook, “But what have whites done, since the Civil War, to prevent blacks from succeeding? Why do we owe them anything?” So I got to work, thinking I’d write a post in which I’d neatly sum up, chronologically, all the ways whites have worked to systematically exclude blacks from the American dream. Continue reading
Posted in African Americans, American Civil War, Civil Rights, Housing, Jim Crow Era, Migrate, Poverty, Racism
Tagged 14th Amendment, African Americans, Black Code, Civil Rights Act, Civil War, Discrimination, Jim Crow, Opinion, Racism, Reconstruction, Segregation, Slavery
I’m reading Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 500-Year History, by Kurt Anderson. He gives an inventory of all the ways (white) Americans have been more prone than Europeans to believe in big dreams, in get-rich-quick schemes, the supernatural, cure-alls, conspiracy theories, UFO sightings and other “alternative facts” from the beginning of white colonization up to the Trump presidency and America’s current “post-factual” society. It’s fascinating, and it confirms that I’m right when I argue with my American husband that UFO sightings are really mostly an American thing. Continue reading
Posted in Amusement Parks, Education, History US, Migrate, Music, Racism, Recreation, Slavery, Technology
Tagged African-American History, alternative facts, Black America Show, Black History, Confederate history, entertainment, history education, Nate Salsbury, plantations, Racism, Slavery
Slavery was abolished in America at the end of the Civil War, with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The amendment passed Congress in January of 1865 and after much debate it finally passed the Senate in December of that year. As has been pointed out by many, it has a loophole: slavery as a punishment for crime. Continue reading
Posted in American Civil War, Migrate, Prisons, Slavery, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged 13th Amendment, American history, Angola penitentiary, Black History, Civil War, constitution, Convict Labor, Isaac Franklin, Loophole, Slave Breeding, Slave Trade, Slavery, Slavery Loophole, The American Slave Coast
Well, there was supposed to be a November 4 demonstration calling to impeach Trump and Pence at Republic Square Park today from 1 – 5 pm, but I was there from 12:45 to about 2:30 and there was pretty much nobody. One guy with a sign, everyone else could have just been there because it was a park. Continue reading
Posted in African Americans, Antifa, Austin, Demonstrations, Gun Rights, homeless, Migrate, Opinion, Police, Poverty, Racism, Second Amendment, Slavery, Trump supporters, US Constitution, US Politics
Tagged Austin, constitution, Gun Rights, homeless, Impeach Trump and Pence, militias, November 4 demonstration, Opinion, protests, Second Amendment, Slavery, Trump, welfare
Okay, there’s no way I can keep up with everything that’s going on, so I’m just going to write about what I was going to write about.
In the wake of Charlottesville there’s been a lot of talk on social and main stream media about white privilege and white responsibility for blacks’ uphill battles in America. Many white people claim not to be racist, but they also don’t feel responsible for race problems that they were not directly involved in. Continue reading
Posted in History, Migrate, Slavery, Society, Violence
Tagged America's original sin, Charlottesville, history, Opinion, Racism, Slavery, society, white privilege, white responsibility
So yesterday’s post set the stage for James W. Loewen’s book Lies My Teacher Told Me. It was first published in 1995 and then updated in 2007. Loewen points out a lot of the same things I mentioned in yesterday’s post. In addition, he found that high school students generally rank history as the least relevant subject, even less relevant and interesting than algebra. (No offence, math teachers.) Continue reading
Posted in Books, Education, Government, High School, History, Migrate, Slavery, Society, US Politics
Tagged America, American foreign policy, books, Civil Rights, Civil War, controversies in American history, high school, history education, history textbooks, Lies My Teacher Told Me, Opinion, pilgrims, politics, Slavery, society