The decision of “separate but equal” from the landmark 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson reversed the small progress that was made combating racism after the Civil War. The decision would trigger three distinct waves of boycotts by black American against racial discrimination. It also marked a dramatic surge of black entrepreneurship in the transportation field.
By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *…
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Fully one hundred years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, black activists in the South launched a bold campaign for universal black suffrage. It is a stirring part of American history that most Americans were never taught. And the history leading up to it—abolitionist activities and effective black resistance to slavery in the South—has also been obscured.
By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *
The imagery generally associated with people who receive SNAP Food Stamps benefits is usually a black single mother living in the inner city. She lives in public housing, and if she does vote, she votes democrat. That’s typically the image media perpetuates when we think of people who receive certain government supplements. The SNAP Food Stamp…Continue
“Malheur au blanc qui passera ces bornes.” ("Woe to the white who would pass this boundary"). This was the sign posted by the maroon leader Juan St. Malo at Ville Gaillarde, the entrance of the land he claimed and controlled in Louisiana. Known as Rigolets the swamps and marshes he claimed stretched from Lake Borgne and the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain to the Gulf of Mexico. St. Malo and his group were said to have controlled this area from 1773 -1784,…Continue
There is a group of laborers that are paid way below minimum wage, and rival third world sweatshops. Corporations that make large amount of money, and save millions pay the workers low wages. These employees have been stripped, legally, of their political, economic and social rights. These second class citizens don’t have the right to unionize, are violently pressured into silence, they have no voice to even trigger change. These laborers are the 2.3 million American prisoners…Continue
The Zinn Education Project published an article about Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day”, written by David W. Blight. According to him, "The First Decoration Day" was led by people who had recently been freed from slavery in Charleston, SC on May 1, 1865.
At the end of the Civil War, "Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these…
In a brillant interview published this week by the Los Angeles Times, activist Angela Davis shares her thoughts about what's radical in the 21st century. The prison system, feminism, democracy and capitalism are among the topics mentioned.
About a just prison system: "Most of us in the 21st century abolitionist movement look to W.E.B. Du Bois' critique about the abolition of slavery — that it was not enough simply to throw away the chains. The real goal was…
Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by extremist group Boko Haram. Why is it taking so long for this story to get major coverage, and for an international effort to take place? In an op-ed piece for cnn.com, Frida Ghitis writes: "If it had happened anywhere else, this would be the world's biggest story. More than 230 girls disappeared, captured by members…Continue
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i love freedom
butterflies in the sky
and the stomach too.
41 years down
no fistfight in all that time
so who's violent?
Former Black Panther and political prisoner, Sundiata Acoli wrote those two haiku poems in conjunction with a social media campaign launched by The Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign (SAFC), Haikus…
The Supreme Court decided 6-2 to support a ban on affirmative action in college admissions in Michigan. What's the deal Michigan? Is institutional racism suddenly over? Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is the first Latina judge on the Court, was one of only two votes (out of 6) in support of affirmative action. She said: "As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the…Continue
Well well well... The Ku Klux Klan formed a neighborhood watch group in Pennsylvania but says "it’s not targeting any specific ethnicity"... ... ...
The Huffington Post reports: "In response to a string of recent break-ins, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has given a local Pennsylvania chapter the go-ahead to form a neighborhood watch…
I stepped out on the corner of St. James and Fulton Street wide-eyed and confused. I had no idea where I was. Never mind the fact I’d spent 15 years walking these streets, and living just above the now vacant karate building. My elementary school was around the corner. The corner store I went to before work had become a gourmet deli. The flower shop I passed by in the spring time on my way to the Laundromat had disappeared 6 months ago, only to be replaced by something the…Continue
Members of Dream Defenders made their presence known at the Florida State of the State Address last week. After leading a month-long demonstration a year ago outside the governor’s office, they returned on opening day of the legislative session to protest.
Youth gathered between the House and Senate chambers, about 100 strong. They demanded for an end to zero-tolerance policies in Florida schools and a change to Florida’s gun laws.…
The Guardian confirms that "Heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations will gather in St Vincent on Monday to unveil a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade."
Full story here.
"In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Hilary Beckles, who chairs…
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"Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South", which she entered on November 14, 1960.
"As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Henry…
"Footage documenting the Black Power movement in the United States, shot by a group of Swedish journalists"? Just what the doctor ordered! Don't miss 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975'. Featuring many of the leaders of the Black Power movement, such as Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver. Really powerful.…Continue
NYC: Join us at "BROOKLYN STAND UP!", a panel event that will bring together policy experts, media commentators and activists for a discussion on poverty in the community. Featuring Michaela Angela Davis of "MAD Free with Michaela…Continue
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This is the first in a series of monthly blog posts about being a great activist from ONE.
By Emily Walker, ONE marketing manager…Continue
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On August 2, 1924, James Baldwin was born in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. As a teenager, he took after his stepfather and became a preacher, learning early on the power of his voice. Upon leaving the church at 18 he also left the…Continue
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