Another university has owned up to its past involvement in the slave trade and is hoping to make amends. Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States, held a service on Tuesday to admit to its involvement in slavery, the hypocrisy of doing so as a religious institution and apologized, according to CNN.
While addressing employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday, Ben Carson continued to show why he’s far from the best choice to be the head of it.
The highly-esteemed former neurosurgeon was attempting to give immigrants credit for the hard work that they do before his train of thought took a drastic detour and he implied that slavery was a form of immigration, according to CNN.
Many of the most well-respected institutions in the United States have a history deeply connected to slavery. Harvard University, which many consider to be the pinnacle of higher education, has taken a commendable step towards a better future by acknowledging its own connections to slavery.
If we aren’t fully free, how do we celebrate this country’s freedom?
Next Monday, Americans all over the world will celebrate Independence Day, the day the thirteen colonies declared their independence from the British crown. On July 5th, 1852, however, Frederick Douglass was not in celebratory mood. In a speech to the Ladies’ Antislavery Society, Douglass discussed the history of Independence Day and acknowledged the bravery of the founders. But he had an important question for his audience, “Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?” This question still resonates today.
This past Sunday, June 19th, African Americans across the nation celebrated Juneteeth, a holiday commemorating black freedom from slavery in the United States. This holiday is observed in 45 states across the country, yet it has not been deemed a national holiday by the federal government. Juneteenth celebrates black American independence—perhaps a greater victory than July 4th, since the United States’ promise of liberty and justice for all was threatened by the practice of slavery until the end of the Civil War
Last week, Harvard University officials announced a plan to create a plaque commemorating slaves who were forced to work on the campus during the 1700s. The Boston-based institution follows in the footsteps of fellow Ivy League member Brown University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, albeit considerably later. Yet they are far outnumbered by the army of institutions who, Ivy League or not, remain steadfast in their decision to continue operating under the assumptions that their institutions came to be without complicity in American slavery.
“Oppression doesn’t disappear just because you decided not to teach us that chapter.”
If those words were not strong enough, I do not know what words would be. Clint Smith III examined the role that the Founding Fathers played in oppressing black people in his new poem “History Reconsidered” which he performed at All Def Poetry.
Underground is a new period drama that follows a group of runaway slaves as they use the Underground Railroad to reach freedom. The 10-episode series plays on WGN America and is executive produced by John Legend, who recently spoke about what he wants the series to accomplish during an interview with AOL.
Florida State University’s chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity has been suspended after hazing accusations were brought up against them.
According to a report filed by a former member of the chapter, hazing practices were conducted in 2013 where pledges were forced to “act like slaves.” Another incident left them stranded over one hundred miles away from campus which is in Tallahassee, according to the New York Post.