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Harvard Faces Lawsuit Over First Photos of Slaves

In 1850, professor wanted images to show whites were superior

(Newser) - Harvard is being sued over its handling of 1850 photographs of slaves that were intended to demonstrate their inferiority to white people—by the great-great-great granddaughter of one of the slaves. Tamara Lanier's lawsuit says Harvard wrongfully seized and profited from the photos and has misrepresented an African man... More »

Parent: My Son Was 'Humiliated' in Mock Slave Auction at School

Westchester teacher under fire for allegedly having white 5th-graders 'bid' on their black classmates

(Newser) - A homework assignment on slavery that left parents "flabbergasted," an apparent faux pas by Virginia's first lady on the same topic, and now another similar incident to add to the mix, this time out of Westchester County, NY. USA Today reports on an alleged social studies exercise... More »

8th-Grade Slavery Homework Leaves Folks 'Flabbergasted'

'Create a list of expectations for your family's slaves,' read Tenn. assignment

(Newser) - Thursday's headlines revolved around Virginia's first lady asking African-American students to imagine being slaves ; Friday's headlines center on asking students to imagine they were the slave owners themselves. Per the Tennessean , that ask came via an 8th-grade homework assignment at Sunset Middle School in Williamson County, Tenn.... More »

Va. First Lady's Mansion Tour Leaves Some 'Deeply Offended'

Pam Northam handed cotton to African-American students on tour

(Newser) - Another Northam fumble has emerged, with a Virginia DOE rep citing a new "racially insensitive" incident—but this time it doesn't involve Ralph Northam . The Washington Post reports it's the governor's wife, Pam Northam, who's under fire following a tour of the governor's mansion.... More »

Schools' Black History Lessons Made a 'Mockery' of Slavery

Districts in Virginia, SC, say changes will be made

(Newser) - A school district in northern Virginia has had to clarify that "slavery is not a game" after students were asked to pose as slaves while completing an obstacle course meant to symbolize the Underground Railroad. The lesson for Black History Month, given to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at... More »

Judge Rules on Couple Accused of Enslaving Girl

North Texas couple is found guilty

(Newser) - A federal jury has found a suburban North Texas couple guilty of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years. Jurors found Mohamed Toure and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, guilty Thursday of forced labor, per the AP . They face up to 20 years in prison, but no sentencing date was immediately... More »

A Tip Led to a Green Shed. Inside: an 'Extremely Sad Case'

British officials found man believed to have been kept as slave for more than 40 years

(Newser) - A call to a confidential tip line has led to what a workers' regulation official in England calls the discovery of an "extremely sad and serious case." The BBC and Evening Standard report on a raid at dawn Wednesday in Cumbria, where officers from the Gangmasters and Labour... More »

Report Estimates 400K Modern Slaves in US

Global survey also faults America for buying goods produced by slave labor

(Newser) - A new survey on modern slavery around the world pegs the number of people in the US who fall into that category at about 400,000, reports the Guardian . The new Global Slavery Index also puts the number worldwide at 40.3 million and rising. While modern slaves in the... More »

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Kanye's Ignorance Is 'Deep' and 'Dangerous'

Essayist calls out artist for comments on slavery

(Newser) - Add Ta-Nehisi Coates to those criticizing Kanye West over his assertion that slavery was a "choice," along with West's previous statements about race in the US. The African-American essayist is out with a long, critical piece in the Atlantic , in which he writes that "West's... More »

Kanye West's Slavery Remark Sparks Offer From Africa

Nigerian lawmaker Shehu Sani invites Kanye to visit

(Newser) - Now Kanye West has a choice—whether or not to visit former slave routes in Africa. Barraged with criticism over his remark that 400 years of slavery "sounds like a choice," the rapper was invited Friday to learn about the slave trade that once existed in Nigeria, CNN... More »

Kanye West's Slavery Remarks: The Harshest Responses

Will.i.am, Spike Lee have a major problem with them, and they're not alone

(Newser) - To say Kanye West has had a week would be some kind of understatement. News that he fired his manager and tweets about his shared "dragon energy" with President Trump were just the crescendo leading up to a Tuesday interview with TMZ Live that left even TMZ incredulous. Though... More »

Teacher on Leave After 'Gross' Slavery Assignment

Worksheet at Texas charter school asked students to list both negative and positive aspects of slavery

(Newser) - When Roberto Livar's wife picked up their son Wednesday from Great Hearts Monte Vista charter school in San Antonio, Texas, the 8th-grader was "distraught" over an assignment in history class, Livar tells KABB . The worksheet he completed was entitled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View,"... More »

Slavery Is a Huge Problem in Britain

Despite the government considering it a top priority, human trafficking remains an issue

(Newser) - A man in his 40s, brought to Britain as an infant and sold to a pedophile ring, was formally recognized as a victim of modern slavery by the country's Home Office—and is now facing deportation as an "illegal immigrant." Yet in a statement, a Home Office... More »

Reporter May Have Found the Last American Slave Ship

Ben Raines of Al.com thinks he's uncovered the Clotilda in Alabama

(Newser) - Russell Ladd remembers seeing the shipwreck as a boy fishing with his father at low tide. His father told him it was the Clotilda, the last American slave ship, though Ladd wasn't sure he believed him. He might now. Using Ladd's account and historical records, including the journal... More »

Cherokee Nation Recognizes MLK Day for the First Time

The tribe is seeking to make amends for its past with slavery

(Newser) - Cherokee Nation leaders are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known as Freedmen. The tribe—one of the country's largest—recognized the King holiday for the first time Monday with participation in a parade... More »

Inmates Say Florida Has Turned Them Into Slaves. They're Revolting

Operation PUSH begins Monday

(Newser) - Many Americans aren't working on Martin Luther King Day; others are protesting work that they describe as slave labor. The Guardian reports on an "unusual" protest organized by prisoners throughout the state of Florida that kicks off Monday. The primary grievance: that they're forced to work and... More »

Amazon Plans Rival to HBO's Confederate

'Black America' will focus on 'New Colonia,' secured by freed slaves after Reconstruction

(Newser) - A sovereign nation called New Colonia—made up of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, acquired by former black slaves after Reconstruction in a reparations deal—has maintained a "tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship" with "Big Neighbor," the remainder of the United States. That's the... More »

Scaramucci: Lincoln Didn't End Slavery in a Day

And repealing ObamaCare will similarly take Trump time

(Newser) - President Trump's new communications chief likened the protracted Republican battle to end ObamaCare with Abraham Lincoln's fight to end slavery, the Guardian reports. Anthony Scaramucci tells the BBC that Lincoln needed patience to push through his agenda. "It took Lincoln three or four times to get what... More »

Game of Thrones Creators Plan Controversial New Show

'Confederate' will exist in an America where slavery still exists

(Newser) - The showrunners behind Game of Thrones already have their next project lined up when the eighth and final season is over. (Season seven just began .) David Benioff and DB Weiss will stick with HBO for Confederate, which has a controversial premise. The show will explore what would have happened... More »

2K Men Were Freed From Slavery—and Into This

The AP catches up with some of the fishermen freed from Indonesia

(Newser) - On the day they were freed from slavery, the fishermen hugged, high-fived, and sprinted through a stinging rain to line up so they wouldn't be left behind. Two years have passed since an AP investigation spurred that dramatic rescue , leading to the release of more than 2,000 men... More »

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