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megankoumori · 2 days ago
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Was having a conversation about Janet Jackson with Mom today. This led to me having to explain that the reason that black women in this country are perceived as over sexed dates back to white slave owners raping their slave women and justifying it as black women being more sexual beings. Since white men held all the power this became the cultural narrative.
"Oh. I didn't know that."
Maybe she would know that if Critical Race Theory was taught in schools, instead of Republicans being all...
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Personally, I think CRT should start being taught in seventh grade and progress every year. There's obviously some sick shit in there that should be worked up to, stuff that young kids aren't going to be ready for. It's hard enough to get through the history of lynching when you're an adult in university. It needs to be addressed, but probably not until junior or senior year of high school.
The Republicans narrative is basically, "Black people were slaves, then there was the Civil War, then blacks couldn't drink from water fountains, then Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks were nonviolent, and then no one was ever racist again!"
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And if you suggest anything outside of that narrative, like say, how white people in the South used to pack picnic baskets and take their kids to watch lynchings*, they suddenly blow their bowties. "Why can't we just move beyond the past?" They snivel.
One: Because I'm a history major and the past is my life.
Two: We can't get beyond a past that Republicans won't even acknowledge happened, and that many other people don't even know happened, because Republicans have spent decades sweeping it under the rug.
Three: To play See No Evil, Hear No Evil with the victims of America's racist past is a fucking slap in the face. They deserve to acknowledged. They deserve to be remembered.
Four: So we can teach the next generation to be better. It's too late for Boomers like my Mom. But maybe there's hope for the children and grandchildren of Millennials and Gen Z. We just have to wait for the entire Republican party to grow old and die off first. And unfortunately I think Mitch McConnell sold his withered little husk of a soul for a Senate seat and eternal life. The Devil went down to Kentucky and got ripped off.
*I told you this shit was sick.
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sarcasticrevolutionarist · 2 days ago
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Frances Laurens dancing because she deserved better <3 it's a real shame we don't know more about her
thank you @foryourownbosom for the suggestion ! really helpful :D
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bantarleton · 2 days ago
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A pretty nice mythbust from the Smithsonian. 
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my-deer-history · a day ago
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Upon the Table before me lye large Packets of Letters which were returned to me a few days ago from on board the Ship […] the sight of them draws a tear in each Eye__ they contain no Treason no plot nothing that can possibly work Evil to the State nor to Individuals, I would give an hundred Barrels of Rice for the safe Passage of them to your hands.
- Henry Laurens to John Laurens, 26 March 1776
Henry had written “not fewer than half a dozen Letters” to John, as well as to his children, brother and friends in Europe - only to have them returned to him when the ship they were taken aboard was prevented from sailing by the 1775 Prohibitory Act.
Henry was all alone in Charleston, had just gotten word of Jemmy’s death, and was being pressed into exhausting political service. You can really hear the frustration in his tone at having even this scarce opportunity for contact with his family taken away.
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sevdolo · 7 months ago
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morbidology · 4 months ago
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This Golden Retriever statue commemorates the 9/11 rescue dogs. It was created from the likeness of the last living 9/11 rescue dog, Bretagne.
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historical-nonfiction · 9 months ago
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African-American cowgirl Nellie Brown, and her horse. Circa 1900 - 1915.
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aworldinagrain0fsand · 7 months ago
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I keep seeing the phrase "when the news finally reached Texas" in reference to Juneteenth. Let's be super clear. White people in Texas knew slavery was over. They just chose not to tell the Black people. Juneteenth was when the Black people finally found out. History is so whitewashed that we accept the euphemisms as gospel. It didn't take 2 1/2 years for the messenger to bring the news. The rest of the Union didn't forget to tell Texas. White Texans just got away with keeping their slavery way of life for 2 extra years and nobody said shit. Hell yes, #Juneteenth should be a federal fucking holiday, but ALSO we should be teaching #CriticalRaceTheory in our schools so we don't get watered down versions of history.
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ifiwasaghost · 5 months ago
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Forgive yourself for the things that weren’t your fault 💞
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afriblaq · 2 months ago
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sarcasticrevolutionarist · 2 days ago
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imagine a series like the office but it's just Washington's aide de camps. like no actual plot or battles, just them at camp fucking around.
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padawan-historian · 8 months ago
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May 31st marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre.
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harriyanna · a year ago
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thomas jefferson and sally hemings did not have a forbidden romance as many historians like to say. sallywas thomas’s child sex slave and it’s time that people know the truth about our founding fathers. 
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hernestedlife · 2 months ago
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American revolution, mock questions, newspaper and chai.
🎶- Flashlight- Hailee Steinfeld
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headspace-hotel · 3 months ago
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I can't remember where I read the full text of the paper discussing this discovery, so you get the smithsonian magazine summary, but back in february of 2021, venetian glass beads (as in beads FROM VENICE) were discovered in Alaska that predate the Colombian exchange.
That's right, these beads were passed along a trade route all the way across the continent of Asia and across the Bering Strait, over 10,000 miles, to wind up in Alaska.
I just was thinking about it, and realized i hadn't seen anyone talk about it on Tumblr, so here you go.
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saddayfordemocracy · a year ago
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“Stranger Fruit,” Jon Henry Photography,
Jon Henry’s Stranger Fruit series, named after the well-know song originally by Billie Holiay, was created in response to the murders of Black men across the US by police.
In Stranger Fruit, Henry photographs American mothers with their sons in a pieta-like arrangement, reenacting the pain for loss that is too common for Black families in the United States.
The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.
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ssa-sapphic · 7 months ago
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let’s talk about juneteenth…
listen up, i’m gonna say what i have to say nice and respectfully, so y’all can understand and be educated. i’m in no way the spokes person for all black people, but i’m using the small voice that i do have in hopes that everyone will still amplify it and help me educate.
for those who are unaware, juneteenth (first officially celebrated june 19th 1866) is the date the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. note that this was two and a half years after president lincoln’s emancipation proclamation – which had become official january 1, 1863. but guess what? it took two years for it to reach the texan slaves.
and even then, it wasn’t like slaves just chucked up the peace sign to their masters and walked out. some slave lives were threatened by their owners if they even thought about leaving. whites and blacks didn’t just join hands and sing kumbayah together. work still needed to be done. they weren’t out of the woods just yet and we still aren’t today.
it wasn’t until 2021 that juneteenth was made a federal holiday. but if you’re wondering why so many are feeling negatively toward it becoming a holiday, it’s basically because we feel gaslighted in a sense. we asked for extensive voting rights protections, job training, anti-lynching laws, criminal justice system overhaul and reparations and so much more. but all it seems like is that white folks gave themselves another day off work. true definition of “what we asked for” vs “what we got”.
and before you say we should just be happy it’s being recognized, let me tell you something. black folks had already recognized and celebrated it for decades. as candice benbow, a cultural commentator stated: we were still gonna have our festivals, pageants, cookouts, fish fry’s, and gatherings (small or not). we didn’t need to be given a day off work to do stuff we were already gonna do. we needed you to actually do something to change the conditions of our lives.
as much as i love all my bipoc’s (black, indigenous, people of color) this is a black holiday. not a bipoc one. show your support for the black community please. below are some images from instagram with some information on what juneteenth as a holiday means, and what you can do to show your support (cred is tagged in each pic):
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just a quick note: if you’re white, please don’t be performative. don’t wear a t-shirt with juneteenth on it or anything because it will be a problem for most. don’t constantly feel like you need to show everyone you’ve donated to organizations or the community and that you’re an ally. there’s no need to prove that you are “one of the good whites”, so don’t be more of an activist than the black community. it’s rude, distasteful, and frankly, annoying as hell. trust me when i say this:
you are not more “woke” than us, and you never will be.
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morbidology · 4 months ago
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Moira Smith was an NYPD officer on duty on September 11, 2001. She guided dozens of citizens to safety before returning to the South Tower to rescue more. Moments later, it collapsed.  She is the only female member of the NYPD to lose her life that day.
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American foreign policy tl;dr
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