“This is a graphic that depicts the issue of colorism. Black people try to divide themselves among who is lighter than the other or darker than the other. However, we are all black people. Are roots all travel back to Africa: Black is Black is Black.”
HANNIBAL - RULER OF CARTHAGE (Mordern day Tunisia)
Regarded as one of the greatest generals of all time, Hannibal and his overpowering African armies conquered major portions of Spain and Italy and came close to defeating the mighty Roman Empire.
Born in the North African country of Carthage, Hannibal became general of the army at age twenty-five. His audacious moves-such as marching his army with African war elephants through the treacherous Alps to surprise and conquer Northern Italy-and his tactical genius, as illustrated by the Battle of Cannae where his seemingly trapped army cleverly surrounded and destroyed a much larger Roman force, won him recognition which has spanned more than 2004 years.
This is Africa, our Africa
“African armies conquered major portions of Spain and Italy and came close to defeating the mighty Roman Empire.”
We can’t depend on this oppressive system for sustainability.
Opening today in Brooklyn NYC: Self-Determination Inside/Out: Prison Movements Reshaping Society. Exhibition runs: September 11 – November 16, 2014.
#InterferenceArchive presents Self-Determination Inside/Out, a comprehensive exhibition and public program series featuring the cultural materials produced by incarcerated people and their allies. Read more here.
African American Civil War Nurses and Cooks
African American women, as well as some men, often worked as nurses, cooks and laundry workers in both Union and Confederate hospitals during the war. According to the Women in Military Service For America Memorial Foundation website, around 181 African American nurses served in military hospitals in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina during the war. One such famous nurse was Harriet Tubman, who served in numerous military hospital before she was eventually appointed matron of the Colored Hospital at Fort Monroe in Virginia in 1865. A number of African American men even worked as army surgeons, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine website, but they were confined to military hospitals or recruiting stations because white surgeons refused to work alongside them in the field.
Image and caption via the African American Historical Photo Archive.
By A. Moore
This became one of the techniques used to sabotage Black land ownership, a devastating trend in the 19th and 20th centuries that robbed Blacks of millions in generational wealth.
In 2001, results from an 18-month investigation of Black land loss in America were published by The Associated Press. It turned up 107 of these land takings, 57 of which were violent, the other cases involved trickery and legal manipulations. Here are eight of these heartbreaking stories.
#black excellence #black achievement
In 1947, Dr. Marie Daly became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry when she graduated from Columbia University. A trailblazer in the field of biochemistry, Dr. Daly was the first to make the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease and food.
Image and caption via Nubian Rootz Cultural Center
Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantageby Daria Roithmayr
This book is designed to change the way we think about racial inequality. Long after the passage of civil rights laws and now the inauguration of our first black president, blacks and Latinos possess barely a nickel of wealth for every dollar that whites have. Why have we made so little progress?
Legal scholar Daria Roithmayr provocatively argues that racial inequality lives on because white advantage functions as a powerful self-reinforcing monopoly, reproducing itself automatically from generation to generation even in the absence of intentional discrimination. Drawing on work in antitrust law and a range of other disciplines, Roithmayr brilliantly compares the dynamics of white advantage to the unfair tactics of giants like AT&T and Microsoft.
BY MIMI READ
WALLACE — At Whitney Plantation, one of the antebellum estates that line the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the architectural centerpiece is a Creole-style main house where hand-painted ceilings are adorned with flowers and vines. Out front are a matching pair of pigeonniers and an alley of oak trees whose branches theatrically drag the ground.
It’s easy to imagine a typical moonlight-and-magnolias tour unfolding here, with guides in hoop skirts expounding on the antiques — except that Whitney’s owner, John Cummings, will have none of that.
“Who in the hell built this house?” Cummings thundered recently while ferrying a couple of visitors around Whitney’s 250 acres in a golf cart through the rain. “Who built this son of a bitch? We have to own our history.”