On Sundays the slaves were permitted to have a religious meeting of their own. This usually took place in the backyard or in a building dedicated for this purpose. They sang spirituals which gave vent to their true feelings. Many of these songs are sung today. There was one person who did the preaching. His sermon was always built according to the master’s instructions which were that slaves must always remember that they belonged to their masters and were intended to lead a life of loyal servitude. None of the slaves believed this, although they pretended to believe because of the presence of the white overseer. If this overseer was absent sometimes and the preacher varied in the text of his sermon, that is, if he preached exactly what he thought and felt, he was given a sound whipping.
William Ward, born a slave in the early 1830s in Georgia, as reported by his interviewer, ca. 1936
Excerpts from the digital collection Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 in American Memory, Library of Congress
Racism systematically verifies itself when the slave can only break free by imitating the master: by contradicting his own reality.
Racism in Israel: People Call Us Slaves
Nearly a month ago, the Israeli government launched the first in its series of mass deportations of African migrants. Since then, 200 South Sudanese have been airlifted to Juba, their refugee status having been rescinded by a Jerusalem Administrative Court decision on June 7. Recently, the deportation of immigrants from the Ivory Coast began.
About 62,000 migrants, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, have come through the porous desert border with Egypt since 2006. Whilst humanitarian agencies claim their right to be recognized as refugees and to be considered for asylum, the Israeli government disputes the argument saying the vast majority are job seekers. The visas given to these migrants doesn’t allow them to work, making their lives very difficult.
In the Southern part of Tel-Aviv, Lewinsky Park has been turned into an open-air refugee camp with hundreds of residents.
Ibrahim explains, “I left Darfur because of the war; my village was assaulted, I didn’t have any other choice. I came to Israel seeking peace. I don’t know why they deny us working visas, so we spend the whole day waiting for somebody to offer us a job. Here the conditions are worse than in refugee camps in Chad where my family is.”
“People call us ‘Eved’ (slaves),” says Abdul-Aziz, “On public transportation, they don’t want to sit next to us; anyway, mostly we are not allowed to get on. So we try to save money to buy a bike. But even though, it’s not safe for us as cars try intentionally to knock us down sometimes.”
For most of them, returning home is not an option. Abdallah lost his dad and two brothers, his village was destroyed, the rest of his family lives in a refugee camp in Chad.
Bashir wants to go back, he cannot endure this situation any longer. (x)
(Photos by Eloise Bollack)
Reelblack checked in with Dr. Angela Davis during her recent stop at Bryn Mawr College. In this short clip she discusses her latest books on Prison Reform. (apologies for the poor audio—please take time to hear this great woman’s words)
This is a photograph from a book called ‘Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography ins America” (pub. 2004). The photo is called ‘The lynching of Frank Embree, July 22, 1899, Fayette, MO”
By all reckoning, that makes this barely 113 years old.
There are two other matching photos to the set. The one below, and the one of him hanging, which is too upsetting to post. You can see it (along with others from much later time periods here: http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/omalley/race/four.html)
White people, just look at your ancestors.
Why should we trust YOU?
Racism (White Supremacy) is a business and just like any business it operates on profits and losses. Racists (White Supremacists) in addition to exhibiting Psychopathic Racial Personality Disorder (Dr. Bobby Wright) are also shrewd business men and women. They certainly wouldn’t have created and maintained a market for 400 years if the profits weren’t considerable and the losses minimal (in comparison to the gains). To pretend the terrorizing of Black people for centuries and the commodification of black bodies (which still continues) were not the most important factors of both the rise of so-called capitalism and the considerable wealth of predominately White so-called countries is either intellectually dishonest or just plain ignorant.
Victims of Racism who are reading this entry should take note that the respondent below (no belgium-no problem) aligned him/herself with Racist (White Supremacist) terrorists by using the pronoun ‘we’. It is highly likely that he/she is also a Racist. Since Racists (White Supremacists) are masters of deceit (their reign of terror depends on it), anything they assert should be questioned intently and viewed suspiciously. Nothing they say should be taken at face value.
Another codified response to the racist assertion, “Africans sold other Africans.” This is a white supremacist (racist) attempt to absolve people classified as white from their terrorism of taking people against their will for lifelong servitude.
There was never any need- if we went in, we lost time, money, and men to the climate. Sickness and disease would’ve killed us off. Which is exactly why we sold weapons and gold to African kings to go on raiding parties and capture other tribes men- or just buy off his own “stock”.