Dr. Martin Luther King was welcomed to Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, New Hampshire on May 23, 1963, to talk about the state of the American civil rights movement. His talk included the notion that “maladjustment” is a sane response to injustice. On this 2021 MLK Day its still relevant and worth visiting his speech (listen […]
Ten years before the Civil War, the city of Rochester, NY asked Frederick Douglass to speak for its July 4, 1852 celebration. Douglass accepted, but rather than join in the ‘celebration,’ Douglass took it in an unexpected direction. In this clip, Danny Glover performs part of that speech (hat tip to the Zinn Education Project […]
The following two selections, written almost a century apart, capture similarities and differences between white women’s and black women’s encounter with sexism in the United States.
Born in Talbott County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass (c. 1818 to 1895) was treated harshly by slave owners, yet managed to learn to read. After repeated attempts to escape to freedom, he successfully ran away in 1838 to become an eloquent platform orator and newspaper editor for abolition. He worked with President Lincoln during the Civil […]
The World Against Racism Foundation (WARF) chooses its “Person of the Decade.” The choice is easy: Caster Semenya—the teenage track phenom who won in women’s 800m final of the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, only to be subjected to a battery of “sex verification tests” to determine whether or not she qualified to […]
I think this Carterishness about Israel being apartheid is pure balderdash. Hello! There are countless thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel, there are Palestinian MKs, there are Palestinian professionals with Israeli clients inside Israel, etc. The problem is simple: The UN screwed up when it created two separate states, Israel and Palestine, out of one […]
Acting as Blog Master for the World Against Racism Foundation (WARF), I am a historian specializing in intergroup relations.