Book Review: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Reviewed by Karyn Pomerantz

Dr. Dyson, sociology professor at Georgetown University and ordained Baptist minister, writes prolifically about racism in the US and is well known for Come Hell or High Water about Hurricane Katrina.  He skillfully connects diverse examples of racism in engaging clever language. Continue reading “Book Review: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson”

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION –A WAR TO PROTECT SLAVERY

by Ellen Isaacs

Was the American Revolution really a noble fight for liberty and justice as we are taught in school? Or was the major reason behind the revolt that England, the mother country, was trying to limit slavery in the colonies by increasing taxes on those in bondage and limit westward expansion onto native lands? In Gerald Horne’s book, The Counterrevolution of 1776:Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America, he makes a powerful case for this explanation. “Ironically, the founders of the republic have been hailed and lionized… for-–in effect–creating the first apartheid state(p3).” Continue reading “THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION –A WAR TO PROTECT SLAVERY”

The Free State of Jones Movie Review: Multiracial Attacks on the Confederacy

by Karyn Pomerantz

The Free State of Jones is an amazing story of an organized revolt against the Confederacy during the Civil War in Mississippi by white farmers and escaped black men and women (maroons).  They organized themselves into an armed fighting squad that dominated 1/3 of Mississippi, one of the most racist states. Continue reading “The Free State of Jones Movie Review: Multiracial Attacks on the Confederacy”

“Labor: Free and Slave”

Labor, Free and Slave by Bernard Mandel explores the effects of slavery on white workers. It describes how white workers (“free labor”) responded to slavery and the abolition movement. It holds many lessons we can apply to today’s movements against police brutality and xenophobia.

by Karyn Pomerantz

The Unity of “Free” and Enslaved Workers during the Civil War Period

(From Labor, free and slave by Bernard Mandel, 2nd ed, Chicago: U of Illinois Press, 2007

Labor, Free and Slave by Bernard Mandel explores the effects of slavery on white workers.  It describes how white workers (“free labor”) responded to slavery and the abolition movement.  It holds many lessons we can apply to today’s movements against police brutality and xenophobia. Continue reading ““Labor: Free and Slave””