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  • Racially Incorrect Facts Regarding Race and Slavery

    07/22/2016 10:52:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2016 | Jack Kerwick
    As was recently shown, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, with its central claim that police around the country are hunting and killing innocent black men, is a lie. Yet the BLM myth is enmeshed within a larger narrative, a narrative of eternal White Racism. And couched within this tale are distortions and outright crucially false ideas of slavery. In the interest of that “honest discussion” of race that the Eric Holders and Barack Obamas of the world claim to want, I submit considerations without which no such discussion can be had.One glaringly inconvenient truth that, odds are, few folks...
  • Pregnant girl, 14, allegedly burned to death by her in-laws

    07/18/2016 10:36:36 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 17, 2016 | Kaeim Sharifi, AP
    KABUL - An Afghan father was on a quest for justice Monday after saying that his pregnant 14-year-old daughter was burned to death by her in-laws, the latest reported case of violence against women in the country. Afghanistan faces serious human rights issues, including physical and sexual violence against women and so-called honour killings that often involve immolation. The 45-year-old father, Mohammad Azam, said that he came to the capital, Kabul, to seek justice for his daughter Zarah. He told The Associated Press that she was tortured and set on fire by her husband's family last week. She died in...
  • If you oppose slavery, then you oppose radical Islam

    07/16/2016 5:15:57 PM PDT · by HarborSentry · 22 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | July 16, 2016 | Rand Koch
    (Referencing poster in blog website, but you've seen it on Drudge today) This is the poster for the upcoming movie A Birth of a Nation. The movie is probably controversial. But I'm not talking about the movie today. I am talking about slavery. Most people like to think that they would have opposed slavery if they had been around in the 1800s. And most of those people are fooling themselves. I doubt that more than a handful of those movie­makers would have fought against it. Very simply, if you oppose slavery, then you oppose radical Islam. If you do not...
  • Yale Employee Smashes Historic Stained Glass Window Because Its 2016

    07/14/2016 11:28:17 AM PDT · by massmike · 119 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 07/14/2016 | Blake Neff
    A Yale University employee is out of a job, and the school is out a window, after he used a broomstick to smash a stained-glass window he complained was racist. Until recently, Thomas Menafee worked as a dishwasher for Yale. But he says he grew enraged that, while working at Yales Calhoun College, he had to see a stained glass window which shows black laborers harvesting cotton. The window, he said, was an offensive portrayal of slavery, and so on June 13 he impulsively decided to eliminate it by force. I took a broomstick, and it was kind of high,...
  • Yale Cafeteria Worker Resigns After Breaking Racist, One-of-a-Kind Stained Glass

    07/12/2016 1:11:35 PM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Heat Street ^ | July 11, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    A Yale cafeteria worker has resigned after smashing a historic stained glass window in Yales notorious Calhoun College residence hall, which is named after the 19th century white supremacist John C. Calhoun. The stained glass depicted two slaves picking cotton. The worker, Corey Menafee, is black. He told the New Haven Independent that the dining hall window was racist and very degrading and that last month, while working an event for the college, he decided to use a broomstick to smash the window.
  • You dont sell the Motherland, Pope says in a letter to Argentina

    07/08/2016 7:22:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider News ^ | July 8, 2016 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    Francis has sent a message to the Argentinians for the 200th anniversary of their countrys independence. We pray that the country will be defended against all forms of colonisation, he said
  • EU countries employ slave laborers from North Korea, rights group reveals

    07/06/2016 1:42:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Jul. 6, 2016 1:56 (updated: 2:08) | (EurActiv.com with agencies)
    North Korea has sent hundreds of workers to labor as state-sponsored slaves in member states as Pyongyang seeks to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of money over its nuclear weapons program, rights campaigners said on Wednesday (5 July). North Korean laborers commonly work 10-12 hour shifts, six days a week, but up to 90% of their pay is sent back to the hermit state, according to the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea (EAHRNK). Most are working in Polish shipyards, construction sites and farms. North Koreans are also employed in leisure and clothing firms in Malta,...
  • Democratic Debacle (1964 convention, repercussions today)

    07/27/2004 9:59:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 1,244+ views
    America Heritage ^ | July 2004 (cover date) | Joshua Zeitz
    On Saturday they would appear before the conventions Credentials Committee and ask to be seated as the official Mississippi state delegation... Shortly after he signed the Civil Rights Act, Lyndon Johnson told his aide Joseph Califano, "I think weve delivered the South to the Republican party for your lifetime and mine." Maybe so, but he was determined to hold onto the region long enough to ensure his own re-election; the opinion polls might show him leading the Republican candidate, Barry Goldwater, by an enormous margin, but he was desperate not to stoke the fires of sectional conflict. Only one...
  • Swedish politician: Migrant rape isnt as bad

    07/04/2016 10:13:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 133 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/7/16 | Gil Ronen
    Swedish Left Party politician Barbro Srman has suggested that its worse when Swedish men rape women, than when immigrants do so. The Swedish men who rape do it despite the growing gender equality. They make an active choice. Its worse imo [in my opinion], Srman tweeted. Srman, a self-described socialist and a feminist, made the observation in response to what she claimed was excessive media focus on the fact that most of the rapes in Sweden are committed by immigrants. She explained that Swedish men are brought up in a society that believes in gender equality and therefore should be...
  • Were Hebrews Ever Slaves in Ancient Egypt? Yes

    07/03/2016 10:06:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 14, 2016 | Philippe Bohstrom
    Conclusively, Semitic slaves there were. However, critics argue there's no archaeological evidence of a Semitic tribe worshiping Yahweh in Egypt. Because of the muddy conditions of the East Delta, almost no papyri have survived -- but those that did, may provide further clues in the search for the lost Israelites. The papyrus Anastasi VI from around 3200 years ago describes how the Egyptian authorities allowed a group of Semitic nomads from Edom who worshiped Yahweh to pass the border-fortress in the region of Tjeku (Wadi Tumilat) and proceed with their livestock to the lakes of Pithom. Shortly afterwards, the Israelites...
  • 'Pyramids were built by leadership skills, not slavery'

    05/28/2011 12:36:29 PM PDT · by decimon · 67 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | May 23, 2011 | Staff Reporter
    It was the leadership skills of the rulers and not the bondage of slavery that motivated the labourers to toil hard in building the ancient Egyptian pyramids, claims a top leadership guru. Indonesia-based Arthur Carmazzi will soon come out with a book arguing how the leadership skills of the rulers of Egypt were responsible for building the giant structures regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. "Various researches have already shown that the labourers were not slaves. It was more about getting work done through leadership skills, rather than by slavery and exploitation. Even today we look...
  • Who's Watching the Watchers?

    06/22/2016 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | Bob Barr
    To the typical liberal, nothing engenders greater panic and crippling fear than the sight of a firearm; especially the Mainstream Medias self-defined posterchild for gun violence, the AR-15. The Lefts irrational reaction to the popular sporting rifle, enjoyed (safely and legally) by millions of recreational and competition shooters across America, is so potent the New York Daily News resident pansy, Gersh Kuntzman, claims to have suffered temporary PTSD from merely firing the rifle at a gun range. Yet, in spite of its obvious and repetitive ignorance on firearm information, the Left considers itself capable of engaging in an adult discussion...
  • Get it straight: Democrats enslaved the Black America Republicans fought and died to free Part III

    06/20/2016 8:47:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/20 /16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This is a continuation of the list of steps benevolent Republicans took to help the slaves held by Southern Democrats. On January 8, 1867 the Republican Congress had to override Democrat Andrew Johnsons veto of a bill to give District of Columbia African-Americans the right to vote. The following July it had to override another Johnson veto of another Civil Rights bill designed to help African Americans. When the Republicans began an impeachment trial of Democrat President Johnson in March of 1868, his answer was, This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am...
  • Exclusive: Armitage to back Clinton over Trump

    06/16/2016 10:41:18 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | Michael Crowley
    Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican national security elites are rejecting their partys presumptive nominee. Armitage, a retired Navy officer who also served as an assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, is thought by Clinton aides to be the highest ranking former GOP national security official to openly support Clinton over Trump.
  • N. Korea summons workers from Kuwait after mass strike: report

    06/11/2016 7:09:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2016-06-08
    N. Korea summons workers from Kuwait after mass strike: report North Korea has summoned dozens of workers from Kuwait for staging a mass strike in protest of their working conditions, a U.S.-based media outlet said Wednesday. According to Radio Free Asia, dozens of North Korean construction workers in Kuwait went on strike in December after their North Korean employer offered to pay them with checks cashable in the North instead of wages. "As people began to disobey orders and desert their workplaces, North Korean authorities belatedly took steps to tackle the issue," RFA said. "On May 17, they quickly summoned...
  • African Woman Destroys Black/Liberal Praise Of Muhammad Ali With 1 Question

    06/10/2016 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 49 replies
    Mad World News ^ | 6/10/16 | Dom the Conservative
    After the recent death of famous champion heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, liberals, blacks, and even conservatives have flooded social media with praise for the sports legend. However, one African woman is wondering if blacks who are mourning his loss have lost their minds and its all because of one thing most are too star-struck to realize. Mona Walter is an ex-Muslim Somali activist who is determined to expose what her former religion has done for 1,400 years and is planning to do to Western countries. After immigrating to Sweden when she was 19, she was given the opportunity to...
  • Venezuela's top court bans media's publishing videos of lynchings

    06/09/2016 5:26:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-8-16 | Diego Or; Alexandra Ulmer
    Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday banned media from publishing videos of lynchings, saying they create "anxiety and uncertainty" in a country ravaged by violent crime and an economic crisis. The OPEC nation's society is in upheaval amid triple-digit inflation, a deep recession and brutal shortages of food and medicine. As Venezuelans have grown increasingly angry at frequent thefts, hold-ups and homicides, mob beatings and lynchings have increased in the country, which is already one of the world's most violent. Gory videos of mob justice or photos of bloody corpses sometimes make the rounds on social media. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist...
  • Kasich legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio

    06/09/2016 6:11:20 PM PDT · by Ken H · 122 replies
    Politico ^ | June 08, 2016 | BRIANNA GURCIULLO
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a medical marijuana legalization bill into law on Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The former Republican presidential candidate's penmanship makes Ohio the 26th state in the nation to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes.
  • Michelle Obama tells graduating students she wakes up in a house built by slaves

    06/03/2016 4:20:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 128 replies
    BPR bizpacreview ^ | 6/03/16 | Carmine Sabia
    Many Americans are counting the days until President Obama and his wife Michelle leave the White House, and the first lady may be among them. Delivering the commencement speech for the City College in New York on Friday, she turned the graduation speech into a racial rallying cry. She even managed to take shots at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump along the way. Michelle told the graduates that they ought to beware of people who want to build up walls to keep people out and that the story of America is the story of immigrants. Its the story that...
  • Israel fills UN hall for anti-BDS conference

    05/31/2016 7:17:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2016 7:52 PM EDT | Michael Astor
    Over 1,500 students filled the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat a movement on many U.S. campuses calling for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. Taking place in the same hall where 40 years ago 72 nations voted to equate Zionism with racism, Israels Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon called the conference an historic event. Separately, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour dismissed the conference as no big deal. The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) seeks to ostracize Israel...
  • The government wants restaurants to cut down on salt

    06/01/2016 9:07:58 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 57 replies
    The proposed guidelines, released today, recommend sodium goals by restaurant product or menu item, 150 categories in total, designed with a salt intake goal for Americans in mind. Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but thats hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. Todays announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health. The Center for Science in...
  • The primordial world of Islam

    05/31/2016 6:28:44 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | Alexander Maistrovoy
    The involution of Islam is just one side of the coin. The other one, which is not less horrifying, is the spiritual degradation of the West that welcomes the primordial predatory world with cute teddy bears, songs about peace and flowers The Islamic world of the Middle East is sinking into the gloomy and forgotten past: the Bronze Age, the world of slavery, human sacrifice, pedophilia, sexual sacred traditions, beliefs in conspiracies and now the most terrible - ritual cannibalism Beaten dogs and donkeys-occupiers In the 90s, when working on an article about homeless animals, I visited a shelter for...
  • Snoop Dogg rails against Roots remake, calls for boycott does he have a point?

    05/31/2016 9:33:28 AM PDT · by Paradox · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 5/31/2016 | Frieda Powers
    Rapper Snoop Dogg will not be watching the remake of the miniseries Roots, and is calling on others to follow his lead. In a profanity-filled video on Instagram, the 44-year-old rap star and actor slammed the History Channels remake of the landmark 1977 miniseries about slavery, which began airing Monday. Im sick of this s. How the f are they going to put Roots on, on Memorial Day? he said in the video posted Monday. They going to just to keep beating that s into our heads about how they did us, huh? Starting the video by saying No disrespect,...
  • Snoop Dogg lambasts Roots remake: 'I can't watch it'

    05/30/2016 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 84 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | May 30, 2016
    The remake of Roots has gained widespread critical acclaim but not from Snoop Dogg, who posted a short video on Instagram on Monday criticising the show, and suggesting that African Americans should not watch it. In the video, the rapper said that he was fed up with watching films and TV shows that depicted the abuse of black Americans. 12 Years a Slave, Roots, Underground, I cant watch none of that shit, Snoop Dogg said, also taking aim at the Steve McQueen-directed Oscar-winning film and the WGN TV series about slaves in Georgia escaping via an underground railroad, which...
  • Indian women 'sold' like products in a retail shop in Gulf states for $1,500. Andhra minister

    05/28/2016 3:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MFS The Other News ^ | May 27, 2016
    "Instructions should be issued to Indian embassy officials in Gulf countries to interfere in the matter and provide necessary help in terms of food, clothing and shelter," he wrote. Women domestic workers from Andhra Pradesh are languishing in jails in the Gulf states after attempting to flee abusive employers or overstaying their visas, said Palle Raghunatha Reddy, minister for non-resident Indian welfare, urging the national government to help them. In a letter to Sushma Swaraj, Reddy called for action to bring back the women. Necessary steps should be initiated to bring them to their native areas safely by providing free...
  • Grim reality of life in ancient Rome revealed: Average worker was DEAD by 30 [tr]

    05/28/2016 5:01:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2016 | Ekin Karasin
    The average ancient Roman worker was riddled with arthritis, suffered broken bones and was dead by 30 thanks to a diet of rotting grains and a lifetime of hard labour. The grim realities of the Eternal City were revealed in a study carried out by an Italian team of specialists that used modern-scanning techniques to analyse 2,000 ancient skeletons. The majority of the skeletons from the first and third century AD, found in the suburbs of the ancient city, had broken collar bones, noses and hand bones.
  • Georgetown Universitys ugly past has caught up with its PC administrators

    05/25/2016 9:04:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/25/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The corruption of our great institutions has often been brought about by their location and nearness to the worst influences in our society. Georgetown Universitys location in Washington DC, the heart of Americas political cesspool, raises an interesting question about which institution corrupted which. Did Washington corrupt the Jesuit school or was it the school and its disgusting history that helped corrupt the workings of our government? Recently uncovered historical records have revealed that during a financial crisis in its earliest days, Georgetown was forced to sell off one of the Jesuit Orders most valuable assets to stay afloat. In...
  • 160th Anniversary: The Caning of Senator Charles Sumner (R). (May 22nd 1856)

    05/22/2016 9:49:44 AM PDT · by ak267 · 65 replies
    wikipedia ^ | 5-22-216 | wiki
    On May 22, 1856, in the United States Congress, Representative Preston Brooks attacked Senator Charles Sumner with a walking cane in retaliation for a speech given by Sumner two days earlier. The beating nearly killed Sumner and it drew a sharply polarized response from the American public on the subject of the expansion of slavery in the United States. It has been considered symbolic of the "breakdown of reasoned discourse"[1] that eventually led to the American Civil War.
  • Yale: John Calhoun Stays - But What About Elihu Yale?

    05/21/2016 5:35:57 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 3 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 19 May 2016 | Richard Williams
    So if we use the same logic used in regards to Confederate figures and icons in the South, Yale should change its name. Why don't we hear that demand from the "historians" in the blogosphere? That's simple. It does not serve the purpose of their agenda, at least not yet. And maybe, in this instance, the administration at Yale realized that Calhoun was the low-hanging fruit and once he had been vanquished, the offended would aim higher - at Elihu Yale. And what might alumni benefactors have to say about that? All that there moral reformin' could get expensive. Virtue-signaling...
  • Sotomayor Urges Mandatory Pro Bono for All Lawyers

    05/19/2016 11:10:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    National Law Journal ^ | May 17, 2016 | Tony Mauro
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday that all lawyers should be required to provide pro bono legal services. "I believe in forced labor" when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, she said during an appearance at the American Law Institute's annual meeting in Washington. "If I had my way, I would make pro bono service a requirement."
  • Roots: The Groundbreaking Series Reimagined

    05/18/2016 9:52:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    History Channel ^ | May 17, 2016
    HISTORY premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.
  • Hou ISD Ignoring Arabic Slave Connection (Qatar $$ for Arabic Immersion School)

    05/12/2016 11:15:33 AM PDT · by magna carta · 3 replies
    740 KTRH NewsRadio ^ | May 12,2016 | Nik Rajkovik
    Some Houston ISD parents say the board of trustees is ignoring the Arabic connection to slavery ahead of Thursday's vote to rename schools honoring those with Confederate ties. For much of the school year, a small group has been protesting outside HISD's new Arabic Immersion Magnet School, paid for in part by money from the Qatar Foundation. HISD is accepting money from the state that sponsors ISIS, that sponsors terror and slavery, and yet they are about to withdraw the school names of various Confederate heroes, says Elizabeth Theiss, founder of Stop the Magnet. Theiss says HISD is not alone....
  • Millennials are more open to idea of slavery reparations: Study shows...

    05/11/2016 5:11:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/11/16
    Millennials are more open to idea of slavery reparations: Study shows majority of young people think African Americans should be compensated for ancestors' suffering **SNIP** Baby boomers between ages 51-69 are similar, with a 79-17 per cent margin against reparations. The numbers start changing when it comes to Generation Xers, with Americans between the ages of 35-50 breaking 73 per cent to 25 per cent against reparations. The biggest shift comes with millennials, with a majority 51 per cent saying that reparations should be paid or they were unsure of whether reparations should be paid.
  • Why we should welcome a real trial about slave reparations

    05/11/2016 7:41:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/11/2016 | John Massoud
    For the past fifteen or so years, there has been a movement among some liberals to require that the descendents of former slaves be paid for the suffering of their ancestors. Conservatives have railed against this transfer of wealth, saying (rightly, one should add) that a person or entity cannot be held responsible for the actions of another person who has been dead for over 150 years. Lloyds of London was sued in 2004 by a group of descendents of African slaves, and the British court system ruled against their claim. There have been other claims made by the descendents...
  • Heidi Cruz Likens Husband's Campaign to Efforts to End Slavery

    05/10/2016 11:43:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 140 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 10, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    Drawing a parallel between the long-term efforts of her husband's supporters and the fight to end slavery, Heidi Cruz said Tuesday that it took "a lot longer than four years" for the latter fight to be successful.
  • Muhammad: The White Prophet with Black Slaves (David Wood)

    05/05/2016 6:02:05 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | David Wood
    Video - Wood goes through the Islamic texts which describes the very white complected Prophet who owned black slaves. The Prophet describes the Devil as a black man. Also - anyone calling the Prophet a black man would receive the death penalty.
  • Elizabeth Smart joined Operation Underground Railroad on a mission [2015]

    04/30/2016 10:47:17 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 84 replies
    Utah Valley 360 ^ | March 11, 2015 | N/A
    She was back. Back where she was held captive. Back where she feared she would never see her family again. Back in Imperial County, California. But this time she had shifted from defense to offense. In 2002, Elizabeth Smart made headlines when she was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake. Smart, only 14 at the time, spent nine months held captive in the mountains near her familys home and later in Imperial County, California, which is where she returned 12 years later for a special mission with Operation Underground Railroad. Operation Underground Railroad For 12 years as a U.S....
  • Harriet Tubman Was A Gun-Toting Republican

    04/22/2016 3:19:19 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 22, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    There are some knee-jerk reactions to the seemingly "political correctness run amok" move to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson. But the replacing of the slave-owning founder of the Democratic Party with a gun-toting black Republican may spark a political debate worth having and unearth historical truths worth learning. As PJ Media described the announcement: The first woman on United States bank notes will be the famous abolitionist and Republican Harriet Tubman, Politico reported Wednesday. She will give the boot to the nation's sixth president and a major figure in the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson,...
  • Falsehoods and Feel-Good Myths About the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman

    04/20/2016 10:18:38 AM PDT · by golux · 33 replies
    By making explicit or implicit connections between the Underground Railroad and Tubman's trips, and by depicting Tubman as an Underground Railroad superstar, the textbooks imply that the paramount purpose of the Underground Railroad was to launch slave-stealing expeditions. That is false. The Underground Railroad was not in the business of staging raids, and Tubman's excursions were idiosyncrasies at best. (...) The salient points that occur again and again in the textbooks' accounts of Tubman -- such as the claim that she made nineteen trips to liberate slaves, and the claim that slave-owners put a huge price on her head --...
  • Feeling Overtaxed? The Romans Would Tax Your Urine

    04/16/2016 7:29:31 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 14 Apr, 2016 | Brian Handwerk
    Taxes may be as certain as death, but they've changed a lot. Over the centuries, governments have levied taxes on everything from facial hair to the right to cover up—and officials accepted payments of beers, beds, and even broomsticks. Here, from history, are a few taxes we’re glad to not have to pay anymore: Rome's Toilet Tax Ancient Romans valued urine for its ammonia content. They found the natural enemy of dirt and grease valuable for laundering clothes and even whitening teeth. And like all valuable products, there was a scheme to tax it. Emperor Vespasian (r. A.D. 69-79) earned...
  • The Birth of a Nation Official Teaser Trailer (Nat Turner Revolt]

    04/15/2016 5:22:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 15, 2016 | Staff
    Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia that results in a violent retaliation from whites.
  • El Cajon couple accused of trafficking housekeeper

    04/15/2016 1:03:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 8, 2016 | Kristina Davis
    <p>SAN DIEGO A handwritten note asking a nurse for help has led to labor trafficking charges against an Iraqi couple who are accused of forcing an Indonesian housekeeper to work without pay in their El Cajon apartment.</p> <p>Her rescue a few days later is the first time in more than five years the woman, referred to in court documents only as W.M., has been free of indentured servitude, authorities said Friday.</p>
  • Walter Williams: Attacking Our Nation's Founders

    04/11/2016 11:19:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 11, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    During Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign visit to Liberty University, he told the students that our nation was created on racist principles. Students at a Christian-based university, such as Liberty, do not often hear the founders-as-racists argument. But it is featured at many other universities, as well as primary and secondary schools. Most often, the hate-America teachings are centered on the fact that slavery is a part of our history. What is left untaught is: Slavery was a routine part of human history. Blacks were the last people to be enslaved. Plus, our Founding Fathers struggled mightily over the issue of...
  • Sanders: 'Yes' I'd apologize for slavery & make reparations by investing in low-income communities

    04/06/2016 10:43:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2016 | Francesca Chambers, White House correspondent
    Bernie Sanders committed tonight to formally apologizing for slavery on behalf of the United States if he becomes president. Sanders told heavily black audience that Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 'There's nothing that anybody can do to undo the deaths and misery, how many people we don't even know who died on the way over here in the ships.' But the United States has to make an attempt to 'wipe the slate clean' by acknowledging the truth, he said after an audience member asked him point blank if he'd offer a presidential-level apology and he said, 'Yes.' And while the...
  • Can You Be Pro Choice and Anti-Slavery?

    03/30/2016 9:26:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Leonard Pitts is trying. But he just cant seem to write coherently on the issue of abortion. The reason for his incoherence is that he fails to understand that the issue boils down to two questions: Is the unborn human? and What gives humans value? Had he properly framed the issue he would not have written such an incoherent defense of abortion rights in a recent nationally syndicated column titled Can You Be Pro Choice and Anti Abortion? Pitts uses a tactic employed by many in the pro-choice movement. He denounces the pro-life tactic of displaying pictures of dismembered fetuses...
  • Girl Brutally Raped for 16 Months Reveals Horrifying Details of ISIS' Sex Slave 'Meat Market'

    03/21/2016 6:00:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/21/16 | Samuel Smith
    A Yazidi sex slave who was raped three times a day for over 16 month by various Islamic State fighters detailed in a recent interview how she was bought and sold by eight different jihadis and how the group sold off over 800 Yazidi girls inside a Raqqa "meat market."In an interview with The Daily Mail, 20-year-old Khalida, who was captured by the militant group in Iraq in August 2014, explained how she and her family were attempting to escape from the wrath of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) when a Muslim neighbor outed them as un-believers when...
  • Indian IT Services And Modern Day Slavery

    03/21/2016 10:00:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Linkedin ^ | 03/21/2016 | Karthik Sundaram President & CEO, Purplepatch Services LLC
    Recently, social media was up in arms when Marc Andreessen made an out-of-order comment on his portfolio company's failure to implement FreeBasics in India. The 1B Indian population was "offended" and lashed out in various outbursts. We pride ourselves in being free and open. On another note, we seem to be completely blind to some glaring inside issues in the India IT services industry and how it grinds the brightest of brains into slave-level drudgery. The biggest manifestation of this modern-day slavery is the H1B Visa game played by the large multi-billion dollar firms.On April 1, 2015, the USCIS received...
  • Harvard agrees to retire law school shield tied to slavery

    03/14/2016 7:39:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2016 6:04 PM EDT
    Harvard University is retiring the official shield of its law school following complaints over its ties to an 18th-century slaveholder. [] The shield was approved in 1937 and depicts three bundles of wheat. Its modeled after the family crest of slaveholder Isaac Royall Jr., who donated his estate to create the first law professorship at Harvard. Royall inherited his estate and many slaves from his father, a slaveholder who was known for his cruelty.
  • Denver a finalist to become countrys first Smart City

    03/13/2016 7:25:49 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 39 replies
    Fox 31 KVDR Denver ^ | 12 Mar, 2016 | DREW ENGELBART
    DENVER -- Denver is one of seven finalists for the countrys first ever Smart City and a $50 million prize. The Smart City challenge will choose one city to define what it means to be a Smart City and become the countrys first city to fully integrate innovative technologies self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors into their transportation network. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Denver along with Austin, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco as the finalists. The U.S. Department of Transportation has pledged up to $40 million and...
  • Dred Scott Decision Still Resonates Today [March 6, 1857]

    03/08/2016 10:37:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 82 replies
    On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincolns presidency four years later. The case of Dred Scott v. Sandford was one of the most controversial decisions in the courts history. At the time, the Supreme Courts majority came from pro-slavery states or had connections to pro-slavery presidents. The case had been in the court system for more than a decade. Scott had been born into slavery in 1795. In subsequent years, he lived in two parts of...