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Bill Moyers and Author Blackmon on Americas 20th Century Slavery

Author Douglas Blackmon on 20th Century Neo-Slavery

June 20, 2008

Many Americans are not familiar with Juneteenth — but now 29 states recognize the 19th of June as a state holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 day that General Gordon Granger of the Union Army sailed into Galveston, Texas and read General Order #3, announcing that “all slaves are free.” It was a full two and a half years after slaves in rebel territories had been freed by The Emancipation Proclamation.

Journalist Douglas Blackmon tells another tale of freedom postponed and denied in Slavery By Another Name. Blackmon’s book tells the unfamiliar story of “neo-slavery” that reached beyond the de-facto slavery of tenant farming and debt peonage. Blackmon first became intrigued by this episode of U.S. history while researching a story for the Wall Street Journal which documented how U.S. Steel Corp. relied on forced black laborers in Alabama coal mines. He discovered:

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Bill Moyers Facing Race in Americas Past

Khalil Muhammad on Facing Our Racial Past

June 29, 2012

Bill and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, head of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness, discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America’s past to better understand the present.

Muhammad describes the New York City Police Department’s “Stop and Frisk” program as “an old and enduring form of surveillance and racial control”:

“If we think about the moment immediately following the Civil War, there was the invention of something called ‘the Black Codes’ in every Southern state. And those codes were intended to use the criminal justice system to restrict the freedom and mobility of black people. And if you crossed any line that they prescribed, you could be sold back to your former slave owner, not as a slave, but as a prisoner to work off your fine after an auction where you were resold to the highest bidder. It tells you something about the invention of the criminal justice system as a repressive tool to keep black people in their place,” Muhammad tells Moyers. “And it’s still with us. It’s still with us, because ultimately, as a social problem, crime has become like it was in the Jim Crow South, a mechanism to control black people’s movement in cities.”

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The Color of Family…Vibes by: V.Lyn


I have found myself blessed…despite any life adversities that I may have experienced those of my own creations and those brought about by life’s happenstance there has been one constant for me the family blessings I have derived and benefitted from throughout my years. They have touched my soul and awakened my spirit and have shown my the joy of living as well as reminded me of my humanity. They have been both my anchor and what has given me buoyancy. Through them all …I have been given my strength and taught that sometimes it is okay to be soft. They have shown me in their manners that tenderness is not a weakness and not to be feared…bending like the branches in a tree keeps you from breaking… My family is larger than me and that fact has made me enormous…I am infinite with these people … and through them we create a legacy that will continue long after we have gone. They are my family but more importantly they… they are the  Purest of Friends.

Dedicated To My Family

A pure friend is one who shares in the experiences that gave you your novella, reminds you of the subtle nuances that flavor every tale, encourages you to invest in your characters, supplies you with the parchment that your story is written on and proof reads with a judicious eye, keeping you true… A pure friend understands that your story is your own an one which is flavored with the journeys and tales of all you have touched and who have touched you, a pure friend is your most ferocious advocate in your right to retell your tale in only the way you can… and honest enough to remind you that you are not the only one who has a story to tell… A pure friend reminds you to focus on the joy of the journey and not just the hurdles and reminds you that how the protagonist arrives is as important as where… A pure friend compels you to seek internally for loftier goals and then prods you forward to DO better and BE better…

Thank you my family for all the ways you are and have been the purest of friends …

Hi my name is Trenton, my Bebe (that’s Swahili for grandmother) is African American and so am I but I am also White and I will be proud of both!

One biological family!

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For Love of Liberty an African American Soldier Story

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My grandsons Art

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Send a Message of Support to the People of Wisconsin by V.Lyn

Let your Congressional Representatives, Your Senators and Your Governors know that you SUPPORT the workers in Wisconsin!

Tell the President that You Support the workers in Wisconsin! And that you are unwilling to see the Governor of Wisconsin roll back workers rights!

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Family Blessings by V. Lyn

I have found myself blessed…despite any life adversities that I may have experienced those of my own creations and those brought about by lifes happenstance there has been one constant for me the family blessings I have derived and benefitted from throughout my years. They have touched my soul and awakened my spirit and have shown my the joy of living as well as reminded me of my humanity. They have been both my anchor and what has given me bouyancy. Through them all …I have been given my strength and taught that sometimes it is okay to be soft. They have shown me in their manners that tenderness is not a weaknessand not to be feared…bending like the branches in a tree keeps you from breaking… My family is larger than me and that fact has made me enormous…I am infinite with these people … and through them we create a legacy that will continue long after we have gone. They are my family but more importantly they… They Purest of Friends.

Dedicated To My Family

A pure friend is one who shares in the experiences that gave you your novella, reminds you of the subtle nuances that flavor every tale, encourages you to invest in your characters, supplies you with the parchment that your story is written on and proof reads with a judicious eye keeping you true… A pure friend understands that your story is your own an one which is flavored with the journeys and tales of all you have touched and who have touched you, a pure friend is your most ferocious advocate in your right to retell your tale in only the way you can… and honest enough to remind you that you are not the only one who has a story to tell… A pure friend reminds you to focus on the joy of the journey and not just the hurdles and reminds you that how the protagonist arrives is equally as important as where… A pure friend compels you to seek internally for lofter goals and then prods you forward to DO better and BE better…

Thank you my family for all the ways you are and have been the purest of friends …


Bi- Racial Vibes by: V.Lyn

Our Beauty manifest itself within every hue, within our resiliency, within our strength, our shared history makes us one, but mainly it is clearly defined within our love for one another. Black is not just about the COLOR of the skin ….

Strength in Beauty

          Reflecting beauty in adversity.

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Petition to Tell Congress to Fix Gun Checks

 Petition for Better Background Checks!

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Audio of the Fake Koch and Governor Walker and Newly Revealed Info

Part 1

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