Posts Tagged ‘slavery’

June 19th, 2023 - 1:02 am § in Misc.

Letter from a freed slave telling off his former master

With stunning eloquence, this freed slave told his former master to go **** himself. An edited version is below; for the story, complete letter, and more letters from freed slaves, go here. Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865 To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee Sir, I got your le[...]

June 11th, 2023 - 11:44 pm § in America, Biden, Christianity, Democrats, Donald Trump, Economics, Law and Courts, Politics, Racism, Religion, Republicans

What’s at stake in Trump’s trial

Now that he’s been indicted, Trump is entitled to a presumption of innocence, and a fair trial. Those are bedrock principles of the U.S. legal system. Trump “has a lot at stake” in the case, a New York Times writer says. “He could, in theory, go to prison for years.” Bu[...]

May 27th, 2023 - 8:36 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Nikki Haley, Confederate sympathizer

Do you want someone steeped in Confederate culture to be president? Now that she’s running for the top job, she’s singing a different tune; but when she was South Carolina’s governor, Nikki Haley didn’t hesitate to pander to “Southern tradition.” I’ll explai[...]

December 9th, 2022 - 6:09 pm § in Racism, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Why conservatives attack CRT

Critical race theory is an academic subject in graduate schools. Graduate-school subjects obviously aren’t taught in grade schools, but conservative culture warriors have hijacked the term to refer to teaching schoolchildren about slavery, racial discrimination, and mistreatment of black peopl[...]

September 24th, 2022 - 8:06 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Florida Gov. DeSantis’ bizarre claims about slavery

Defending his efforts to censor the history taught in Florida’s schools, GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis made the wildly inaccurate statement at left. In fact, British courts were questioning slavery well before the American Revolution, and the British Empire abolished slavery decades before America did[...]

June 30th, 2022 - 5:25 pm § in Racism, Schools & Colleges

Slavery by any other name is still slavery

Texas is some kind of unique animal, a unicorn among states, in the sense of “only in Texas …” For example, only in Texas do a dozen or more cops mill around outside a school for 70 minutes while a crazed gunman is slaughtering children in the classroom. Only in Texas do people fre[...]

November 1st, 2021 - 7:31 pm § in Misc.


This is Wheatland, the former home of James Buchanan in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a town known for lousy presidents and lying cops. Buchanan, usually ranked as America’s worst president (although he has competition), is often blamed for the Civil War. He deserves to be, although he isn’t [...]

September 7th, 2021 - 5:14 pm § in Politics

GOP candidate wants reparations for slave owners

Larry Elder, a Los Angeles radio talk show host (bio here), probably won’t be governor of California even though he’s the leading GOP candidate to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, in the September 20, 2021, recall election. (Read story here.) He’s well behind Newsom in polls,[...]

July 18th, 2021 - 7:09 pm § in Politics

The Confederacy’s founding principle

“The constitution [of 1787] … rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. … Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man;[...]

July 27th, 2020 - 2:46 pm § in Politics

GOP Senator describes slavery as “necessary evil”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), a potential future GOP presidential contender, is drawing fire for describing slavery as a “necessary evil,” although he did so in the context of how he believes the Founding Fathers viewed it. He used the words in floor remarks about a bill he introduced to withh[...]