Whew. Boy. So, when I was in Ore. I started reporting a story on transracial adoption, specifically looking at w parents/b kids. You wouldn't believe some of the things that white parents told me. Or maybe you wld. I was shook. Realized was no way I cld be objective. I killed it. https://t.co/6GsoqZGR3z
I met a woman who breastfed her adopted black children as a form of reparations for when enslaved black women had to be wet nurses for white children. She used to post photos on her web site until she got a lot of backlash.
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WTF? What publication is this? *checks* oh, the Federalist
So, in between book writing, I decided to do some light reading in the form of a biography on Denmark Vesey, the mastermind behind the largest slave rebellion in the history of the U.S. And, my God, have we been robbed by not learning this history.
In truth, I became curious after doing some light research on Vesey for my book, where I am showing a big part of why it was illegal for black people to read was fear that literacy made enslaved people more rebellious, and then tracing rebellions led by literate enslaved people.
The little I read made me so fascinated, I went ahead & ordered David Robertson's biography & I am folding over every single page. Vesey, who read and spoke several languages, who'd purchased his own freedom after winning the lottery, was free but never removed from the enslaved.
I know some of you have ambivalence abt voting tomorrow. I know your timelines have been flooded with folks saying people died for your right & it's disrespectful to squander it. They're right. But in the abstract, maybe it is hard to grasp. So, I'd like to offer some detail.
In 2014, I traveled to Mississippi, my ancestral land, for the first time in my life in order to document the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a deadly and violent few months aimed at bringing democracy to the blackest state in the nation. It was a transformative experience.
The Civil Rights Movement had gotten traction in other areas -- desegregating lunch counters and libraries -- but when it came to in voting in Mississippi, the year may as well hv been 1880. Ths was especially so in my dad's hometown, Greenwood, where blk vastly outnumbered white
I have a few thoughts. 1) No racial group has the experience of black Americans and has been as consistently and deeply othered. We should not expect they vote like black folks. 2) Latino racial identity is much more malleable. https://t.co/s3TiNf5oMg
It is not incidental that the two prominent interviewees in this piece are Cuban, Columbian. Desi Arnaz had TV show where he was married to a white woman at a time where it black/white unions were illegal and black men were lynched for suspicion of being w white women.
We have put the Latino label on people from certain countries but that does not mean that a white Cuban feels any sense of solidarity with Honduran Immigrant because they both (May) speak Spanish.