The Transatlantic Slave Trade Led to the Birth of Racism

July 23, 2020

The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade still lives on. It began in the 15th century and only ended in the 19th. Even today, the descendants of slaves deal with horrific racism. This led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US. Nothing in human history compares with the slave...

Should We Say Black or African American?

April 09, 2020

“We’d rather die on our feet than live on our knees. Say it loud! I'm black and I'm proud!” James Brown thundered out this line in one of his songs. At the time, Brown would have been called a “negro” — or bogusly dignified with an uppercase N — by most other people. In fact, he...

US Education’s Discomfort with Teaching History

June 21, 2019

A parent in Tennessee discovers that her daughter’s introduction to the Civil War includes asking to think like a slaveholder. Everyone knows that the most prominent founders of United States — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison — were slaveowners. Americans also know that...