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Natural monument to Resistance: the Great Dismal Swamp was a refuge for those escaping slavery

Rarely is the real history of the Great Dismal Swamp ever talked about. There is a good reason. It was used for nearly 250 years as a sanctuary for those escaping slavery and colonialism.



In the 1800s, the Great Dismal Swamp was a 2,000 square mile tangle of dense brush, swamps and bogs between Virginia and North Carolina. As early as the 1600s, Native Americans, runaway slaves and even white indentured servants used the swamp as a refuge to avoid bondage and…

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Added by The Race Card on July 12, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

South African artist Sibahle Nkumbi assaulted & pushed down stairs by racist asshole

It seems like every other day there's another story about racism and Airbnb. The latest revolves around South African visual artist Sibahle Steve Nkumbi, who was captured on video being thrown down a staircase while leaving an Airbnb she and a few friends had rented out in Amsterdam. Nkumbi came to the city to work an exhibit at the Stedelijk Museum with Zanele Muholi, and…

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Added by The Race Card on July 11, 2017 at 11:01am — No Comments

Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson Dandridge had no time for the madness

Gloria Richardson Dandridge is a civil rights icon best known for leading the 1960s Cambridge Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. Dandridge, who was initially reluctant to join actions organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) because she disagreed with their non-violence regulations, became the spokesperson for and helped create the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, the first adult-led affiliate of SNCC, in order to fight segregation in the city.…

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Added by The Race Card on July 10, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

KKK's march to protest removal of Confederate statue was outnumbered by counter-protest

Charlottesville, VA. was fired up and ready to go over the weekend when throngs of protesters flooded the downtown area to resist the presence of supporters and members of Loyal White Knights of Ku Klux Klan. Escorted by police in riot gear, 30-50 Klansmen marched their hoods and Confederate flags through the streets to gather at Justice Park, but were met with boos and jeers from more than 1,000 counter-protesters who yelled, “Go home racists!” and while many…

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Added by The Race Card on July 10, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

L.A. organizers flip the script on chilling NRA ad targeting activists

Two weeks ago, the NRA released a chilling ad warning against the dangers of progressive ideas and those who promote them. The spot ended with a call to action to do something about activists who "make (people) march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia."



This week, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Dignity and Power Now, The Reverence Project, RISIST, and Defend Movement responded to the fear-mongering ad with one…

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Added by The Race Card on July 10, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Yet another young Black Man killed by police: 20-year-old student Giovonn Joseph-McDade

With Summer 2017 not even half way over, there comes yet another victim of the ongoing war between police and our lives. 

20 year old Giovonn Joseph-McDade, a resident of Kent, Washington and a student at Green River College was murdered by county police on June 24th, after being stopped for a suspected traffic violation. Initially pulled over under the assumption of switched/cancelled plates, the encounter turned into a chase as…

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Added by The Race Card on July 10, 2017 at 11:59am — No Comments

South African exhibit declaring "F*ck White People" deemed acceptably UNracist by officials

BREAKING NEWS: South Africa declares... "F*ck White People"!!!Or at least f*ck efforts to quell protest art exposing the historical nature of their influence.

Earlier in the year, the ever-present Cape Party rose charges against the Cape Town-based Iziko South African National Gallery, for an exhibit they found less-than-savory.…

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Added by The Race Card on July 7, 2017 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Once and for all y'all: Sally Hemings was not Thomas Jefferson's "mistress"

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that [*almost*] all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." -Thomas Jefferson

Throughout the history of American Slavery, slave women had an experience all of their own. Left at the…

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Added by The Race Card on July 6, 2017 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

Why do we attack Blackness when a Black person does something wrong?

“Nothing exists in a vacuum” is a trite old aphorism used to explain how all actions have consequences. It is founded on a basic principle in physics that states that space without matter, by definition, contains nothing. The saying highlights the reality that any actions occurring outside of vacuums create ripple effects because matter connects everything together.



This reality is sometimes used to explain the concept of collateral damage, and how the…

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Added by The Race Card on July 6, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Stop excusing Jeffree Star’s racism

Jeffree Star is not the first, nor will he be the last white person to side with his own comfort and fragility rather than truly being held accountable for the oppression that he upholds.



White fragility takes many forms. It can come in the ways that we see whiteness portrayed as innocent and the norm in mainstream media, despite the overwhelming evidence saying otherwise. It can come in the form of pushing whiteness as the default, while everyone else is forced…

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Added by The Race Card on July 5, 2017 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Why ethnic studies is crucial to public education

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Third World Liberation Front Strikes, the longest-running student-led strikes in the history of the United States. These strikes, which were begun by working class students of color at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley, marked the first time that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students demanded an…

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Added by The Race Card on July 5, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

University of São Paulo approves race-based admission quotas after years of Black struggle

In the midst of Brazil's political and societal unrest, comes some settling news from the University of São Paulo's admissions board:

After a six hour session taking place last Tuesday, the University council has decided (with 89 votes in favor) to reserve approximately 1/2 of its vacancies to public school applicants- and more…

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Added by The Race Card on July 5, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Black lives, white lens: the Black Photographer has always been disregarded by the New World

J.T. Zealy was the daguerreotypist behind these three daguerreotypes from the year, 1850. The daguerreotype camera unashamedly framed the faces, bodies & minds of three slaves from South Carolina. As they look into the lens, the momentous stare from each slave has a timeless, sad visual course that should convincingly remind our modern civilization of what these three Black slaves had to undergo. It is what generations of Black families had to go through: slavery was a…

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Added by The Race Card on July 3, 2017 at 4:04pm — 4 Comments

New 'Insecure' trailer: "That's why I make sure my white clients get less on their tax returns – it's reparations."

We've been waiting all year for HBO's hit comedy series Insecure to return for its second season, and it's finally almost here! In the latest trailer, we pick up right where we left off: Issa (Issa Rae) is newly single, fumbling through awkwardly bad dates. But her ex Lawrence (Jay Ellis), looking fine as ever, isn't completely out of the picture either, as the two clearly haven't gotten over what they had. Molly (Yvonne Orji) shows up to coach Issa through her…

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Added by The Race Card on June 30, 2017 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

The state murders our Black women and femmes with impunity, we won't be silent!

We cannot be silent when the state murders our Black women and femmes with impunity.



Charleena Lyles was murdered by the Seattle Police Department in front of her children in her own home while she was experiencing a mental breakdown.…

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Added by The Race Card on June 29, 2017 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

Ten ways white people can stop annoying people of color on social media

There is nothing gentle about racism and our responses to it don’t warrant subtlety or kindness in return.



When it comes to social media etiquette, we are all still learning how to interact with each other while respecting boundaries and the spaces we give ourselves.



What has translated over straight from our in-person interactions are racist, sexist and ableist micro and macro aggressions. How do we navigate those? Well it would help if folks with…

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Added by The Race Card on June 29, 2017 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

This #HIVTestingDay, it's time to accept that we can't fight health epidemics without fighting anti-Blackness

National HIV Testing Day was first observed on June 27, 1995––14 years after AIDS was finally recognized by the government. In the time span between its official recognition (initially called a "rare cancer" affecting "homosexuals" in The New York Times) and the national holiday promoting prevention for the spread of the infection, most of what is often…

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Added by The Race Card on June 27, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Overzealous policing of Black kids: DC teens handcuffed for selling bottled water. smh

Last Thursday, three black teens (two 17-year-olds and a 16-years-old) were detained for selling bottles of water at Washington D.C.’s National Mall without a permit. The young men were detained by plainclothes officers—captured in a photo by passerby Tim Krepp, a tour guide—for the “safety of the officers and of the individuals.”



Krepp’s documentation of the event spawned outrage from commentators, locals, and …

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Added by The Race Card on June 26, 2017 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

WTF? This college professor was fired because she ridiculed Fox News anchor's white tears

At the end of last week, the president of Essex County College announced the suspension of adjunct professor Lisa Durden, two weeks after her appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight“ (video below). During the show, the college professor was asked about a memorial event put on by a Black Lives Matter group that was exclusive for the healing of black people. In response to Carlson (and his perpetually furrowed brow), Durden explained, “Boo hoo hoo. You white…

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Added by The Race Card on June 26, 2017 at 10:52am — 5 Comments

No, you can’t be friends with a White Supremacist and not be one yourself

Dear Liberal White Folks,



I remember when you started pinning little safety pins to your clothes – you said they were to show that you were nice white allies and the protection brigade for marginalized people of color, whereas I thought you were wearing them as badges which said “I didn’t vote for…

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Added by The Race Card on June 23, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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