Rev. Hannah Petrie: Ever since I was a kid I was drawn to Africa, but it was more than the romantic imagination stoked by watching Out of Africa. There was also an unconscious longing to reconcile the past, which I only became conscious of later in life.
John MacMurray: Slavery gave whites a group of people to feel superior to. They may have been poor, but they were not slaves, and they were not Black. They had power simply by being white.
Jessie Daniels: When I see those historical photos of early Juneteenth celebrations, and I see how small and sober these events seem, I think what a bittersweet moment that must have been – celebrating emancipation and commemorating all those that didn’t make it.
Tina Dupuy: No amount of public shaming, arresting or prosecuting will make us free of sex exchanged for money. What we can do for those who are working in the industry is make it legal.
Child Prostitution: The silence toward domestic violence victimizing children warps the entire discussion of what we call “youth problems.”
White Women Slavery — I find the American rush to forget, to distance ourselves from the legacy of slavery strikes me as peculiar.
Ani DiFranco has enraged fans by hosting her upcoming “Righteous Retreat” at Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana.
Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.
JP Sotille: If he really wants to come to Jesus, Reverend Robertson should concern himself with rebuking all those firsthand sweaters from sweatshops, all those pants made by cheap child workers and all those other labor-intensive products that feed the beast of American consumerism.
Irene Monroe: While some will contest that Tarantino is being well…Tarantino, and he means no disrespect, others argue that his privilege as a well-respected moneymaking white heterosexual male filmmaker gives him carte blanche to recklessly express his creative juices even if it reinscribes stereotypes that many feel Django does.
Wilson Riles: Everywhere we scratch the historical surface it seems that government is there picking winners and losers and sanctioning horrendous oppression and injustice.
Carl Matthes: Apparenlty, Republicans want politicians to control all the wombs in the nation. And, they don’t care if women are raped or hurt to make their point.
Brad Parker: Women will lead the future away from war and competition and toward peace, love and collaboration.