Category Archives: Slavery

Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author

Washington Post

How  novelist Zora Neale Hurston transformed American anthropology

Zora Neale Hurston

A new documentary, “Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming Space,” focuses on Hurston’s work as one of the country’s first Black woman ethnographers and filmmakers

By DeNeen L. Brown
 — January 17, 2023

In the late 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston, who would become one of the most influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance, rented a chrome-plated Chevrolet and hit the road, returning south to her hometown of Eatonville, Fla. She hoped to document the culture of Black men who swapped stories each evening on the porch of Joe Clark’s general store. Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author

“Diamond” of “Diamond & Silk” – Black Super-Trump Stars, Passes Away

[NOTE: At the end of this set of excerpts, Silk closes with a declaration that goes well past enthusiasm, and surpasses loyalty, to become an effusion of sheer devotion that sounds more religious than political. The clinical phrase “personality cult” hardly does justice to it. For outsiders, it should be food for thought: they are facing something more than illusion, beyond the pervasive grift (including that of the sisters), the inchoate politics, yet ready to go to the limit (if there is one anymore). And if half of D & S is now gone, the movement continues.]

AP News: ‘Diamond,’ of pro-Trump duo “Diamond and Silk”, dies at 51

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lynette Hardaway, an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump and one half of the conservative political commentary duo Diamond and Silk, has died, according to the pair’s Twitter account. She was 51.

Hardaway, known by the moniker “Diamond,” carved out a unique role as a Black woman who loudly backed Trump and right-wing policies, earning fame first on the Internet and then as a cable television commentator. Her promotion of COVID-19 falsities eventually got her dropped from Fox News, but she landed on another right-wing cable platform. Continue reading “Diamond” of “Diamond & Silk” – Black Super-Trump Stars, Passes Away

Taking Down “Stonewall” Jackson & Robert E. Lee: A Saga of Now 4e&

[NOTE: Making, Un-making, and Re-making history: this piece has it all; plus two kinds of revolutionary art, personal achievement, bulletproof vests, and religion in action.]

The Washington Post — January 2, 2023

White contractors wouldn’t remove Confederate statues. So a Black man did it.

Story by Gregory S. Schneider

Devon Henry

RICHMOND — Workers in bright yellow vests circled up in the morning chill. Some clutched cups of Starbucks coffee, a last comfort before beginning the hard work of dismantling a statue of Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill in the middle of an intersection. Continue reading Taking Down “Stonewall” Jackson & Robert E. Lee: A Saga of Now 4e&

It’s Law! Dred Scott’s (In)Justice Taney is headed Outta the Capitol

Washington Post:

Biden signs bill to remove bust of Dred Scott decision author from Capitol

A bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney at the U.S. Capitol in March 2020. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Amy B Wang and Marianna Sotomayor Continue reading It’s Law! Dred Scott’s (In)Justice Taney is headed Outta the Capitol

Follow-up: Apology for Slavery in Suriname Delivered by Dutch PM

The Guardian — Mon 19 Dec 2022

Dutch Prime Minister apologises for Netherlands’ role in slave trade
PM Mark Rutte says Dutch state ‘enabled, encouraged and profited from slavery’ for centuries

Jon Henley Europe correspondent

Mark Rutte, Dutch PM.

Mark Rutte has offered a formal apology on behalf of the Dutch state for the Netherlands’ historical role in the slave trade, saying slavery must be recognised in “the clearest terms” as a crime against humanity.

In a speech at the national archives in The Hague on Monday, the Dutch prime minister acknowledged the past “cannot be erased, only faced up to”. But for centuries, he said, the Dutch state had “enabled, encouraged and profited from slavery”. Continue reading Follow-up: Apology for Slavery in Suriname Delivered by Dutch PM