Tag: Slavery

Archived: Harvard Law to Scrap Seal with Connection to Slavery

By Sheryl Estrada The official Harvard University Law School seal. The Harvard Corporation, one of the university’s governing boards, has agreed to retire the Harvard University Law School’s (HLS) existing seal that has ties to a family of slave owners. President Drew Faust and William F. Lee, a senior fellow…

Archived: Frederick Douglass: A Believer in the Social Power of Photography

Frederick Douglass (1818 1895), an influential figure in American history, escaped slavery and became a leading abolitionist, formative writer, stirring orator, statesman and photography theorist. Douglass experienced the discovery of photography in 1839 and followed its development throughout the century. A visionary, he saw photography as a valuable form of…

Archived: Scholastic Shelves ‘Smiling Slaves’ Picture Book

By Sheryl Estrada An illustration from “A Birthday Cake for George Washington.” Scholastic Publishing is stopping the distribution of a controversial children’s book about George Washington’s enslaved cook, Hercules, and his daughter, Delia, after being highly criticized for illustrating slavery as joyful. “A Birthday Cake for George Washington,” released on…

Archived: Yale Students: Remove Slavery Advocate’s Name

By Sheryl Estrada From the Web page of the petition created by Yale Divinity School students Heaven Berhane, Nicole Tinson and Nathan Empsall. Yale University’s residential building named in honor of John C. Calhoun has causedstudents to question the moral fiber of the university. Calhoun, a member of the Yale…

Archived: Huckabee Supports Slavery

In yet another case of the GOP candidates making offensive remarks, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee publically described slavery as a more effective strategy than jail time. The Republican hopeful sat with Jan Mickelson, a notoriously conservative radio talk show host, earlier this week. The two began discussing the criminal…

Archived: McGraw-Hill CEO Apologizes for Textbook ‘Mistake’ on Slavery

By Sheryl Estrada The caption regarding slavery from the “Patterns of Immigration” section of McGraw-Hill Education’s “World Geography.” A Texas mother and educator used the force of social media to hold publishing giant McGraw-Hill Education accountable for misrepresentingslavery. Roni Dean-Burren of Pearland, Texas, south of Houston, received a text message…

Archived: 'Slave Trade' Video Game Sparks Backlash

By Sheryl Estrada (YouTube) We live in a world where an “educational” video game that depicts the 18th-century slave trade included a mini game, “Slave Tetris,” in which one had to stack Black slaves in a ship to win points, like Tetris the puzzle video game from the ’80s. Serious…