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Abby Zimet: America’s Right Wing Is Some Stoked To Erase Our Historical Sins

Biden: “Great nations don’t hide from their history. They acknowledge their past, both the triumphs and the tragedies.”

August 30, 2022 · 6 Comments

Video: Why We Must Confront the Painful Parts of US History | Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Revisiting a significant yet overlooked piece of the past, Hasan Kwame Jeffries emphasizes the need to weave historical context, no matter how painful, into our understanding of modern society — so we can disrupt the continuum of inequality massively affecting marginalized communities.

August 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

John Greenleaf Whittier: Forgiveness

My heart was heavy, for its trust had been
Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong…

August 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: If the State of the World Makes You Want to Scream, You’re Not Alone

We must face the weight of such social evils and be prepared to also face the ways in which we are complicit with them, especially when we are often indifferent.

April 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Earl S. Braggs: Such is the Love Story of Sally

It was not the first time that Thomas Jefferson asked
her to dance.

October 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: Those Pesky Socialists Claiming There’s Anybody Here But White Men

The supposed dangers of truth-telling about history, even when we aren’t the good guys, is bedrock right-wing rubbish, because of course the truth can be a pain and then you have to learn, change, do better and ewww, who wants to do that?

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals’ status from “things” to “persons.”

May 29, 2021 · 2 Comments

Phillis Wheatley: To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth

Hail, happy day, when, smiling like the morn,
Fair Freedom rose New-England to adorn

September 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Atlantic Slave Trade

Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade — which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas — stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy.

August 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Bury Me in a Free Land

All that my yearning spirit craves,
Is bury me not in a land of slaves.

August 14, 2020 · 6 Comments

Goran Simić: A Scene After the War

I’d never been aware how beautiful my house is
until I saw it burning

January 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Phyllis Wheatley: On Being Brought from Africa to America

‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too: Once I redemption neither sought nor knew. … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Browning: This Is the Poem

. I am on the Parkway with Fred, driving home from Baltimore to DC. We’ve been to a packed . and riotous tribute to Ms. Lucille Clifton at the public … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

George Yancy and Noam Chomsky: The Roots of American Racism

This is the eighth in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Noam Chomsky, a linguist, political … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

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