Vox Populi

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Christer Petley: How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tasha Williams: The Surprisingly Long History of Racial Oppression in Coffee Shops

Centuries before two Black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, capitalists met at coffee shops to profit from the transatlantic slave trade.  An illustration of Edward Lloyd’s coffee house, … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Susan Sailer: Dust, Blowing in the Wind

Into Newton’s laws of motion Boko Haram storms, rifles smoking, kidnap 276 girls, force them onto truck beds, tires raising red dust as they drive north.   The girls want … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: America’s Slave Empire

Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council—who led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free Alabama Movement have spent the last 18 … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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