1619 Project: Elliott & Hughes

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/19/magazine/history-slavery-smithsonian.html In another post, I spotlight Nikita Stewart's concern that our schools are not teaching the history of slavery adequately or appropriately. One resource that might help is provided by Mary Elliott and Jazmine Hughes, entitled: "Four hundred years after enslaved Africans were first brought to Virginia, most Americans still don’t know the full story … Continue reading 1619 Project: Elliott & Hughes

1619 Project: Lee

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/racial-wealth-gap.html In one of the final essays in the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project, Trymaine Lee writes that "A vast wealth gap, driven by segregation, redlining, evictions and exclusion, separates black and white America." Again I want to highlight a few quotes that struck me. The period that followed the Civil War was one … Continue reading 1619 Project: Lee

1619 Project: Muhammad

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/sugar-slave-trade-slavery.html Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s essay is titled “The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.” As always, my goal is to highlight these articles rather than summarize, assuming that you will read the original works. This line in particular stood out for me: In Europe … Continue reading 1619 Project: Muhammad

1619 Project: Stevenson

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/prison-industrial-complex-slavery-racism.html I continue to read, reflect, and shine a spotlight on the essays in the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Author of Just Mercy (and to my mind, a saint walking amongst us) Bryan Stevenson wrote an article titled, ”Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both … Continue reading 1619 Project: Stevenson

1619 Project: Interlandi

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/universal-health-care-racism.html Today I am reflecting on the article in the 1619 Project by Jeneen Interlandi titled, “Why doesn’t the United States have universal health care? The answer has everything to do with race,” as well as the parallel podcast called “Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started.” As always, I prefer not to summarize, so … Continue reading 1619 Project: Interlandi

1619 Project: Kruse

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/traffic-atlanta-segregation.html I continue to read, reflect, and shine a spotlight on the essays in the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Princeton University professor Kevin Kruse, who I know as That-History-Guy-on-Twitter, wrote an essay titled: “What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot” A quote that resonated for … Continue reading 1619 Project: Kruse

1619 Project: Morris

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/music-black-culture-appropriation.html I am the type to read the book before I see the movie, and I tried to do something similar with the podcasts for the 1619 series, which both encompass and differ from the essays they address. But I accidentally hit play on the third podcast on “The Birth of American Music” before reading … Continue reading 1619 Project: Morris