Many scholars have since tried to explain the dichotomy between the brutality of slavery and the benevolence of the Gospels. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Biblical silence about slavery leaves lasting questions today

NNPA NEWSWIRE — ‘By the mid 19th Century, the majority of slaves had been introduced to Christianity, although most still could not read the Bible based on illiteracy and the fact that in several states in the Deep South, the White aristocracy discouraged Black persons from meeting in prayer. In 1832, the Rev. Charles Colcock Jones published the book “How To Make A Negro Christian,” a sort of guide to slave owners on how to introduce the precepts of Jesus while instilling abject servitude upon their property. […read more]

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Black History

SC Historical Society Offers Free Exhibit Celebrating 350th Anniversary of State

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — In honor of the 350th anniversary of the European settlement of South Carolina in 2020, the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is proud to announce its new traveling exhibit showcasing early life in the state. With the generous support of the City of Charleston and Sun Trust Foundation, the exhibit can be loaned to any museum, school or institution for one month free of charge. […read more]

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Op-Ed

OP-ED: The Case for Reparations Heats Up

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Henry Louis Gates did the movement for reparations for African Americans a huge favor by producing his latest documentary now airing on PBS, “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War.” The two-part series confirms that the atrocities against Black people didn’t end with the abolition of slavery. Rather, the vestiges of the decades-long system of legalized racism, bigotry, violence and white supremacy are still apparent in the lives of Black people who, across generations, still suffer economically, socially, politically and educationally. […read more]

Commentary

COMMENTARY: Reparations NOW! Are Blacks Close to Finally Getting Their “40 Acres and a Mule”?

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — it comes to the concept of granting “reparations” to Black people as a form of restitution for the years that Blacks spent subjected to the barbaric institution of slavery in America, it has seemingly been overlooked and ignored by the majority of legislators that have come and gone in the U.S. Congress. Even former U.S. Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) once proposed to create a Commission to study how to appropriately compensate the descendants of slaves for decades, with those conversations falling on deaf ears. […read more]

New research has revealed that 78 percent of African Americans believe the country has not gone far enough on the issue of making sure blacks have equal rights with whites
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In Black and White: Key Findings of American’s View on Race in 2019

NNPA NEWSWIRE — According to a recent study by Pew Research, 84 percent of black respondents said people not seeing racial discrimination where it exists is a bigger problem than people seeing racism where it doesn’t exist. Whites were the only group where a majority, 52 percent, said the opposite was true – that the bigger problem is people seeing racism where it really does not exist. […read more]

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Black History

Gates examines period after Reconstruction in new book

FLORIDA COURIER — At the end of the Civil War, Sidney George Fisher, a White gentleman from Philadelphia, declared, “It seems our fate never to get rid of the Negro question.”  Although slavery had been abolished, “the problem – what shall we do with the Negro – seems as far from being settled as ever. In fact it is incapable of any solution that will satisfy both North and South.” […read more]

In order to ensure federal investment reaches all high-need communities, including pockets of deep poverty and those communities experiencing more recent economic downturns, preventing them from being defined as persistent, the bill would also require certain federal agencies and programs target resources to census tracts with poverty rates currently exceeding 20 percent.
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Clyburn and Booker Introduce Sweeping Anti-Poverty Bill

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “For far too long, persistent poverty communities have suffered from neglect and indifference, leading to a lack of access to quality schools, affordable quality health care, and adequate job opportunities,” said Majority Whip Clyburn. “This legislation seeks to right this wrong by targeting much needed federal investments to areas that need them the most.” […read more]

William T. Robinson, Jr
Black History

COMMENTARY: ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan reeks with insensitivity

NASHVILLE PRIDE — The ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan is shown on caps and shirts worn by many of Trump’s supporters or base. Many Americans find this slogan to be offensive and racist, referring to a time of history of great wealth, prosperity and power for some White Americans made possible by the exploitation of African Americans. The displaying of the slogan is seen as a slap in the face to many African Americans, depicting times in history when Blacks were subjected to slavery. […read more]

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Commentary

Dear Black People: Adoption is a Great Option

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Adoption is a great option for all families, especially African-American families who typically “take in” children as a regular practice. The informal practice of “adopting” children began in the United States when black families were often destroyed by the system and practice of slavery. Slaves were sold and traded, so families were broken up, leaving children behind in need of care. […read more]

National

No Bullets, No Books

For more than a century, descendants of enslaved Africans could be punished or put to death for learning to read or arming themselves. The strategy: Keep Black America ‘dumb’ and defenseless. By Karsceal Turner Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier From the beginning, Read More

Op-Ed

A Nation Where Slavery Still Thrives

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist A couple of weeks ago, law enforcement officials in Mauritania arrested nine people for doing something the government considers radical: protesting slavery. In 1980, Mauritania became the last nation in the world to legally abolish slavery, an institution that that Read More

Entertainment

History Network in Deal to Remake ‘Roots’

NEW YORK (AP) — A remake of the groundbreaking television miniseries “Roots” is in the works at the History network. The network said Tuesday that it had reached a deal with Mark Wolper, whose father, David, made the 1977 “Roots” miniseries, to acquire the rights Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

A Slave to Slavery Comparisons

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Placing Athletics Above Academics

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Why does sports play such a prominent role in college education?  Does it crowd out the attention we pay to other aspects of college life?  Why are student athletes treated like slaves or gladiators, playing to pay colleges for Read More