Ben Carson Has Now Compared Abortion to Slavery

During an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery. After saying he was opposed to a person’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, Carson added, “During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they… »10/25/15 4:15pm10/25/15 4:15pm

San Francisco Supervisors Vote to Approve Memorial to WWII 'Comfort Women' 

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation on Tuesday urging the city to build a memorial in remembrance of the approximately 200,000 women who were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese army during World War II. The decision puts pressure on the city to take on the project, but does not actually… »9/25/15 3:20pm9/25/15 3:20pm

Here's How New Texas Public School Textbooks Write About Slavery

In 2010, the Texas Board of Education approved a revised social studies curriculum that, wrote The New York Times that year, would “put a conservative stamp on history” once going into effect in 2015. In advance of their debut in Texas classrooms last week, it was widely reported that the new textbooks, published by… »9/01/15 10:30am9/01/15 10:30am

The Power and Sadness of a Black President's Call for Grace 

On Friday, South Carolina Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney was memorialized in a packed auditorium at the College Of Charleston. As his wife and two young daughters sat and suffered what must be the worst moment of their short lives, President Obama delivered Pinckney’s eulogy with fervor and deliberation. It was… »6/27/15 3:45pm6/27/15 3:45pm

Report Confirms Worst Fears About Boko Haram's Treatment of Stolen Girls

A new report from Amnesty International says that terrorist group Boko Haram is committing war crimes in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 2,000 people in the first half of 2014 alone and kidnapping thousands more. Through eyewitness testimony, they’ve learned that the women and girls abducted by the group are… »4/16/15 10:50am4/16/15 10:50am

Darden Restaurants Sourced From Slave Labor [Update]

[UPDATE: This post contained numerous inaccuracies at time of posting: Thai Union apparently had issues with a single one of their own suppliers, whose fish was only used in pet food. Darden was not aware of the allegations at the time of sourcing from Thai Union, and since they only source farm-harvested shrimp from… »3/30/15 10:24pm3/30/15 10:24pm

Ellen Craft, the Slave Who Posed as a Master and Made Herself Free

A few days before Christmas, 1848, a man named William Craft gave his wife Ellen a haircut—in fact, he cut it to the nape of her neck, far shorter than any other woman in Macon, Georgia, where the Crafts lived. They picked out her clothes—a cravat, a top hat, a fine coat—and went over the plan for what felt like the… »1/12/15 2:00pm1/12/15 2:00pm

ISIS Using Rape, Torture and Sexual Slavery Against Women and Girls 

Terrorist group du jour and demonic pieces of shit ISIS — also known as ISIL and the Islamic State — have had a busy year, beheading journalists and aid workers and terrorizing large portions of Iraq and Syria. The group is also systematically raping, torturing and enslaving hundreds of women and girls, a new report… »12/23/14 4:00pm12/23/14 4:00pm

Preserve Celebrates Stylish Slave Owners in Tone Deaf Photoshoot

Blake Lively's Goop knockoff, Preserve, is celebrating Columbus Day by romanticizing a period in our nation's history marked by the trafficking, exploitation, rape and murder of Africans. The lifestyle newsletter's fall issue is cluelessly titled: "Allure of the Antebellum." The feature is an ode to the days when… »10/13/14 3:50pm10/13/14 3:50pm

So Benedict Cumberbatch's Ancestors Were Slave Owners. Now What?

In Barbados, there's a property called the Cleland Plantation. These days it's a place for tourists to go horseback riding, but back in 1728, it was a prosperous sugar cane farm known for being a place of cruelty and brutality, where slaves were literally worked to death. It was owned by Abraham Cumberbatch, the… »2/03/14 12:40pm2/03/14 12:40pm

Nevada Assemblyman Would Vote for Slavery If Constituents Wanted It

Ahhh, the GOP, the party of hard work, strong values, and totally never ever ever being racist and HOW DARE YOU EVEN SUGGEST SUCH A THING. If there's one thing I know about the GOP, it's that they would certainly never abandon their extremely strong and heartfelt convictions in order to pander to uneducated bigots… »10/29/13 10:20am10/29/13 10:20am

12 Years A Slave: Rage, Privilege, Black Women and White Women

Going insane was a luxury. It’s the going, that’s the treat. Going suggests travel, moving. There was no going. The madness was constant and still, sitting there, like a place on a map. It was where they lived, where they were from, born and bred into viscously mundane inescapable crazy. The women in the beautifully… »10/28/13 11:30am10/28/13 11:30am