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Relatives of Aunt Jemima hit brand with lawsuit

Nancy Green was the first Aunt Jemima in 1890. Born a slave in 1834 in Kentucky, her likeness is now a staple in households throughout the country. Now, a lawsuit claims that Green’s heirs as well as descendants of other black women who appeared as Aunt Jemima are entitled to $2 billion and a share […]

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Petition calls for slave memorial in Washington D.C.

A Change.org petition is calling for the U.S. government to acknowledge slaves with a memorial. The petition, created by Craig Nessan, urges representatives to construct an African American slave memorial to acknowledge the contributions, trials and tribulations of our ancestors to the country. 

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Arizona school under fire for teaching literature that outlines the ‘benefits of slavery’

An Arizona charter school is being criticized for teaching what opposing members call “racist” and “sexist” lessons in its classrooms.  Two books by Cleon Skousen, who is often cited by uber conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement, are required reading for Heritage Academy seniors in Mesa. 

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University agrees to remove Confederate flags from campus following protests

After a wave of student-led protests on campus, officials at Washington and Lee University have agreed to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel. The changes came after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities.

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Texas reps accidentally support reparations for slavery

The Dallas County Commissioners Court accidentally declared Tuesday that African-Americans deserve reparations for slavery. Most commissioners did not seem to know that they were doing so. 

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149 years ago today, Juneteenth was born

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger delivered news that the war had ended in Galveston, Texas. 

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Poll: attitudes towards slavery reparations split among Americans

Opposition to reparations has been widespread, and the results of a recent poll shows that sentiment has not changed much. Latest research from YouGov shows a significant divide, along both racial and political lines about the topic. 

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Update: Nigeria Boko Haram leader claims kidnapping of 234, plans to sell them

A Nigerian Islamic extremist leader has claimed the kidnapping of more than 300 teenage school girls who were abducted from a school in the remote northeast nearly three weeks ago. Abudbakar Shekau of the Boko Haram terrorist group threatened to attack more schools and abduct more girls.

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Video: Cliven Bundy defends slavery comments with more racist banter

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During his appearance on CNN’s New Day, cattle rancher Cliven Bundy attempted to clarify his remarks about “negroes” and slavery by using civil rights icons Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks as examples. Bundy gave the following response as host Chris Cuomo asked if he was a racist. 

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Ray Jasper will die in two weeks, here’s his letter

The following letter was written by Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper, who was sentenced to death at age 19 for the murder and robbery of recording studio owner David Alejandro. It originally was published on Gawker, and is addressed to Hamilton Nolan a member of the publication’s staff. Jasper describes the letter as one […]

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