Stories tagged: slavery
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:41 a.m.
Lawmaker wants Confederate statues removed from U.S. Capitol
On the heels of a clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Virginia last month, Rep. Barbara Lee wants statues of Confederate heroes removed from the U.S. Capitol.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 9:32 a.m.
Racial content sweeps away ‘Gone With the Wind’ screening
A Tennessee theater has canceled a long-running screening of “Gone With the Wind” because of racially insensitive content in the classic 1939 film.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
North Carolina county commissioner calls slaves ‘workers’
A North Carolina county commissioner referred to slaves as “workers” during a discussion on removing a Confederate statue
Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
State Department reprimands China over sex trafficking and forced labor
The State Department on Tuesday listed China as one of the countries with the worst records on sex trafficking and forced labor, a downgraded designation that could nettle Beijing as …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 12:40 p.m.
Honoring victims of a racial massacre 130 years ago
Descendants of victims of a racial massacre 130 years ago in south Louisiana and descendants of Confederate and plantation families are working together to honor those victims and possibly find …
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:47 p.m.
Removal of Confederate icons stirs nuanced, varied reactions
The second second of four monuments to the Confederate era was taken down Thursday in New Orleans.
Sun., May 7, 2017
James W. Loewen: Civil War revisionism rooted in racism
Donald Trump’s conclusion about Jackson places him in a camp of 1930s historians who called it a “needless war.” That view is a product of its time, and that time …
UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War
President Donald Trump made puzzling claims about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War in an interview, suggesting he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that Jackson …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Oregon building name will stay despite man’s pro-slavery stance
The president of the University of Oregon says he will not change the name of the oldest building on campus, which honors the school’s founder. The name became controversial because …
Thu., Oct. 6, 2016
Movie review: Bloody ‘Birth’ can’t escape controversy surrounding director
“The Birth of a Nation” arrives on screens this week amongst a whiplash cycle of celebration and backlash. The indie historical epic about the bloody 1831 slave rebellion led by …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Spokane descendant visits Georgetown as school announces plan to make amends for sale of slaves
As Georgetown University announces its plans to make amends for the sale of slaves in the 1830s, a Spokane resident and descendant of a man sold tours the institution for …
Thu., July 28, 2016, 5:05 p.m.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly slavery comments draw Hollywood’s ire
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has been under fire all week for his comments on slavery made in response to Michelle Obama’s Monday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Mon., June 13, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
Georgetown president, descendant of college’s sold slaves meet in Spokane
After Georgetown University maintained for years there were no surviving descendants of slaves sold in 1838, its current president sat down with one for the first time Monday in Spokane.
Sat., June 4, 2016
Leonard Pitts Jr.: History not obliged to make you feel good
Somehow, I have never once heard the complaint that there are too many Holocaust movies being made. And it is simply inconceivable to me that a Jewish entertainer would say …
Mon., May 30, 2016
Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘Roots’ kindles courage to confront history
Sixteen years of education had taught me all about the Smoot-Hawley tariff, but next to nothing about how a boy could be delivered to a far shore as property.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 5 p.m.
Genealogical society pieces together history of Georgetown University slaves
A team of volunteers toils each week at the downtown Spokane Public Library, trying to fill in the fates of a slave family sold from Maryland in 1838 to fund …
Fri., April 22, 2016
Amy Goodman: Make Tubman the face for wage boost
Imagine if the minimum-wage movement, currently dubbed the “fight for fifteen,” were to be transformed by the defiant visage on that $20 bill.
UPDATED: Mon., April 18, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize: News organizations take top prizes
“Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Thu., March 17, 2016
‘Nina’ distributor: Casting complaints show slavery’s impact
The distributor of the forthcoming film about Nina Simone says complaints about Zoe Saldana playing the singer reflect an interracial “pathology” established by slave owners.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 11:13 p.m.
Obama bans imports of slave-made goods
President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday that includes a provision banning U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments …
Mon., Oct. 12, 2015
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Our country’s ugly history defines its beauty
Textbook that calls slaves “workers” and “immigrants” vandalizes black history.
Thu., March 26, 2015
AP exposes seafood trade slavery in Southeast Asia
BENJINA, Indonesia – The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from …
Thu., Nov. 6, 2014
Eternal Hope honors son’s memory, rescues girls from sex trafficking
Hunter Graham regularly filled his backpack with food from his home before heading to classes at Lewis and Clark High School, but it wasn’t for lunch. He gave the food …
Tue., March 20, 2007
NIC hosts Popcorn Forum
Modern-day slavery shouldn’t be ignored. The issue shouldn’t be buried inside a newspaper or dismissed by people and their governments as someone else’s business. Until the estimated 27 million people …
Sun., Aug. 3, 1997
Three Charged In California With Enslaving Deaf Immigrants
The three men charged here with smuggling deaf and mute Mexicans into the United States and forcing them to hawk trinkets have been operating out of Los Angeles since at …
Sat., Feb. 22, 1997
Disabled Men Treated Like Slaves State Report Says Couple Held Men Against Will
Four developmentally disabled men found living in squalor on a Spokane County farm were held against their will and used as slaves, state officials said. Investigators with the Department of …
Tue., June 20, 1995
Southern Baptists Consider Repentance Over Slavery Church Leaders To Take Up Issue Of Past Sins At Convention
Contrition for the past fills the air. Japan’s government fumbles for the right word to express remorse for World War II. Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara issues a belated mea …