Xmas txts

If you are considering sending me a text message in celebration of traditional holidays commemorating mass oppression, mass murder, racism, mass indoctrination, mass consumerism, mass slavery and mass colonization, save your thumb muscles. I don’t celebrate and haven’t for some time and won’t ever again. After posting my obligatory anti ChristmAs quote and links to info on numerous slave uprisings on Christmas, I’m off for a likely futile search in the city for a restaurant that kindly understands that not everyone practices Christianity or Consumerism, brainwashed bandwagon buying and contrived gatherings in the name of tradition fraught with myth lies propaganda and misinformation.

“I believe them to be among the most effective means in the hands of the slaveholder in keeping down the spirit of insurrection. These holidays serve as…safety-valves, to carry off the rebellious spirit of enslaved humanity.” - Frederick Douglas

Today in history: November 18, 1803 - The Battle of Vertières the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution is fought leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti the first Black republic in the Western Hemisphere The battle delivered the final blow to the French attempt to re-institute slavery as they had done in the other parts of the Caribbean This decisive blow was a major loss for France and it’s colonial empire The Haitian Revolution helped inspire slave rebellions in the United States and British colonies and struck deep fear in the minds of the slaveholders and colonizers

Hattie McDaniel

Halle Berry made headlines in 2002 when she became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role in Monster’s Ball. Yet this didn’t seem that unusual at a time only a few years removed from the election of the first black U.S. president. It was much more of a shock in 1940 when Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar. Ironically, McDaniel’s Oscar-winning performance as the character Mammy in Gone With the Wind was not universally viewed as a great achievement by blacks at the time; many criticized her appearance in a film sympathetic to the view of slaveholders. It wasn’t the only irony surrounding McDaniel’s award — in keeping with segregation protocols at the time, McDaniel sat at a blacks-only table during the Oscar ceremony. Although McDaniel is best remembered for her GWTW performance, she appeared in more than 80 other films during the 1930s and 1940s. She is also regarded as the first black woman to sing on radio in the United States. Fittingly, she has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring both her singing and film careers.

Image: Hattie McDaniel in 1941.

There's no place like home for the holidays (Jade x Kurloz)

When Jade and Feferi had returned from their trip, the first thing Jade wanted to do was see Kurloz. The trip was great, and she loved it! It was nice to get away and she loved the after effects: ie: she came back with a wonderful tan, Besides, Feferi never really treated her like a slave any way, so they just bonded and had lots of giggling fits.  It truly was a wonderful time, but Jade was ready to be home, it was an odd thought to her that she considered the slavehold home, but not really.  She had always been told growing up that home is where the heart is, and her heart was without a doubt with Kurloz.

Once they were at the hold, the two girls parted ways.  Feferi went back to her hive to rest up and Jade was headed for a much needed shower, until she ran into Gamzee that is. They talked for a few minutes before she convinced him that she really needed to go shower. He nodded but also mentioned how she should surprise Kurloz with her return, considering he wasn’t expecting her yet. So that’s just what she did


Some time had passed since she had run into Gamzee and now the plan was in motion. She had gone to her room, showered and changed into a pair of denim shorts that showed off her legs and an over the shoulder shirt.  Gamzee had texted Kurloz claiming he wanted to do something and to meet him in the courtyard, so all at was left was to wait. 

History of Racist U.S. Laws Pt.1

Slavery 1500s - 1865 (it went underground afterwards)

Slavery in the United States existed in North America for more than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776, and continued in the South until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865.

The first English colony in North America, Virginia, first imported Africans in 1619, a practice earlier established in the Spanish colonies as early as the 1560s. The majority of slaveholders were in the southern United States, where most slaves were engaged in a work-gang system of agriculture. Such large groups of slaves were thought to work more efficiently if directed by a managerial class called overseers, usually white men.

From the 16th to the 19th centuries, an estimated 12 million Africans were shipped as slaves to the Americas. Of these, an estimated 645,000 were brought to what is now the United States. By the 1860 United States Census, the slave population in the United States had grown to four million.

Fugitive Slave Act of 1793

Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act in February 1793 and this was signed into law by the first US president, George Washington. The Fugitive Slave Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article 4, Section 2) guaranteed the right of a slaveholder to recover an escaped slave. This law established the legal mechanism by which escaped slaves could be seized in any state, brought before a magistrate and returned to their masters, giving states the right to demand a slave be returned. This law made it a crime to assist a fugitive or a slave in escaping, with prison and a fine for helping a fugitive but only a fine for helping a slave. The Act made every escaped slave a fugitive for life (unless manumited by the owner), who could be recaptured at any time anywhere within the territory of the United States, along with any children subsequently born of enslaved mothers.

This law had a real effect on slaves all their lives, though some slaveowners were not satisfied with it. One such person was Oney Judge (sometimes spelled Ona), one of Martha Washington’s slaves and chambermaids; she served the Washingtons in Virginia and the President’s House in Philadelphia during the time the city was the US capital and Washington was President. She escaped on Saturday, May 21, 1796. George Washington made two attempts to seize her shortly afterwards, even enlisting the help of the Secretary of the Treasury Oliver Wolcott jr in a letter written on September 1, 1796. He then tried to use his nephew, but neither attempt was successful, acting in a discreet manner so as to avoid causing controversy.

Furthermore, the slave catching industry grew as a result of this law, returning many slaves to their former owners. This made it more difficult for African Americans whether free or runaways, as slave catchers went after freed blacks too.
There were numerous instances in which people who were legally free and had never been slaves were captured and brought south to be sold into slavery.

One account is that of Solomon Northup. He was born around 1808 to Mintus Northup, who was a legally freed man from in New York state. Solomon was tricked into going to Washington DC, captured and sold into slavery in 1841 to be a slave for 12 years. One of the very few to be restored to freedom under such circumstances, he later sued the men involved but could not give evidence in the case as he was black. The New York Times published an article on this trial on January 20, 1853. His account is “Twelve Years a Slave”, and provides his narrative as well as numerous details about the slave trade in Washington DC.

It is available to read by Guttenberg & Google books as the copyright is expired.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830

Indian removal was a nineteenth century policy of the government of the United States to relocate Native American tribes living east of the Mississippi River to lands west of the river. The Indian Removal Act, part of a United States government policy known as Indian removal, was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 26, 1830. A few tribes went peacefully, but many resisted the relocation policy.

During the fall and winter of 1838 and 1839, the Cherokees were forcibly moved west by the United States government. Approximately 4,000 Cherokees died on this forced march, which became known as the “Trail of Tears.”

President Andrew Jackson outlined his Indian removal policy in his Second Annual Message to Congress on December 6, 1830. Jackson’s comments on Indian removal begin with the words:

It gives me pleasure to announce to Congress that the benevolent policy of the Government, steadily pursued for nearly thirty years, in relation to the removal of the Indians beyond the white settlements is approaching to a happy consummation. Two important tribes have accepted the provision made for their removal at the last session of Congress, and it is believed that their example will induce the remaining tribes also to seek the same obvious advantages.

Link to full text of Indian Removal Act here.

U.S. Government Suppression of Native-American Religion

With officials believing in the virtue of Christianity, the United States Government worked to convert American Indians to Christianity and suppress the practice of the Native religions (spiritual leaders had been associated with leading uprisings.) The goal of the United States Government was to get Native Americans to assimilate to their culture. Some called this “making apples”, as the Indians would still appear ‘red’ on the outside, but would be made ‘white’ on the inside.

Even in the 20th century, “spiritual leaders ran the risk of jail sentences of up to 30 years for simply practicing their rituals”. The law did not change until the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) of 1978.

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slave holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers. It declared that all runaway slaves be brought back to their masters. Abolitionists nicknamed it the “Bloodhound Law” for the dogs that were used to track down runaway slaves.

In the response to the weakening of the earlier Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 made any Federal marshal or other official who did not arrest an alleged runaway slave liable to a fine of $1,000. Law-enforcement officials everywhere now had a duty to arrest anyone suspected of being a runaway slave on no more evidence than a claimant’s sworn testimony of ownership. The suspected slave could not ask for a jury trial or testify on his or her own behalf. In addition, any person aiding a runaway slave by providing food or shelter was subject to six months’ imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. Officers who captured a fugitive slave were entitled to a bonus or promotion for their work. Slave owners only needed to supply an affidavit to a Federal marshal to capture an escaped slave. Since any suspected slave was not eligible for a trial this led to many free blacks being conscripted into slavery as they had no rights in court and could not defend themselves against accusations.

In 1854, the Wisconsin Supreme Court became the only state high court to declare the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional, as a result of a case involving fugitive slave Joshua Glover, and Sherman Booth, who led efforts that thwarted Glover’s recapture.

Ultimately, in 1859 in Ableman v. Booth the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the state court.

1850 Foreign Miners Tax

This law placed a $20 a month tax on all miners of foreign origin in California. The 1852 version of the law placed a $3 a month tax exclusively for Chinese laborers. Taxes for Chinese steadily increased with ever harsher bills passing the California Legislature and signed into law by then California Governor Bigler. One law passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor created a $50 tax per head for Chinese entering Californian ports that was to be paid within three days.

The California Supreme Court later ruled the law unconstitutional.

Their object seems to be, to disgust their slaves with freedom, by plunging them into the lowest depths of dissipation. For instance, the slaveholders not only like to see the slave drink of his own accord, but will adopt various plans to make him drunk. One plan is, to make bets on their slaves, as to who can drink the most whisky without getting drunk; and in this way they succeed in getting whole multitudes to drink to excess. Thus, when the slave asks for virtuous freedom, the cunning slaveholder, knowing his ignorance, cheats him with a dose of vicious dissipation,artfully labelled with the name of liberty. The most of us used to drink it down, and the result was just what might be supposed: many of us were led to think that there was little to choose between liberty and slavery. We felt, and very properly too, that we had almost as well be slaves to man as to rum. So, when the holidays ended, we staggered up from the filth of our wallowing, took a long breath, and marched to the field,— feeling, upon the whole, rather glad to go, from what our master had deceived us into a belief was freedom, back to the arms of slavery.~Fredrick Douglass

“I believe them to be among the most effective means in the hands of the slaveholder in keeping down the spirit of insurrection. These holidays serve as…safety-valves, to carry off the rebellious spirit of enslaved humanity.” - #fredrickdouglas

Why are Nazi & Confederate flags on display in Kiev?

When Kiev’s City Hall was seized with guns and Molotov cocktails, one of the first acts of the Euromaidan street fighters was to unfurl a number of flags and insignia. Prominent among the flags were swastikas, Iron Crosses, Nazi SS lightning bolts, the Celtic cross used by the Ku Klux Klan, and the Confederate “stars and bars” flag of slaveholders in the United States. (

This is no accident. The flag of the U.S. Southern slaveholders and the Klan cross are symbols understood around the world. They stand for racism, reaction, lynchings and mass terror, for keeping oppressive institutions intact and for beating down people of color and all those who struggle for a better world.

Racists from across Europe have traveled to Kiev. Wearing these symbols on their helmets and jackets, these thugs roamed Kiev and defaced the homes of Jews. They destroyed memorials to those who fought the Nazi invasion and occupation of the Ukraine in World War II. Offices of the Communist Party of the Ukraine were ransacked and destroyed, revolutionary books publicly burned in bonfires. Twenty-five statues of Lenin have been destroyed, requiring heavy equipment. ( Amidst this offense of fascist vandalism, progressive people have mobilized to protect progressive centers, monuments and government buildings.

Symbols send a message. They are shorthand to millions of people for the aspirations and goals of social and political movements.

Naming a street, boulevard, school or holiday for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks is recognition of the historic Civil Rights movement and Black liberation movement in the U.S. It resonates with all who stand against racism and oppression.

Certain symbols of revolution, resistance and liberation, such as the red flag, the red and black flag, the red star and the rainbow flag, are recognized around the world. The struggle to remove racist names of sports teams is well understood, as is the struggle to remove memorials to racists, slave owners and Confederates throughout the U.S. South.

Victoria Nuland, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, publicly bragged that Washington has committed more than $5 billion to these “democratic forces” in the Ukraine. (

Nuland, Sen. John McCain and other U.S. and German politicians have publicly embraced known fascist thugs. Open U.S. support for the Ukrainian Fatherland Party, the Svoboda party and Right Sector is hardly a mistake. It is sign of how the U.S. and European Union plan to impose austerity, cutbacks and rule by Western banks.

The display of hated racist and fascist symbols should serve as a dire warning of what is at stake in the Ukraine today for all progressive people fighting for change, liberation and human solidarity. All capitalism can offer in its state of decay is more poverty, repression, fascism and war.

As scholars of slavery writing books on the historical value(s) of black life, we are concerned with the long history of how black people are commodified by the state. Although we are saddened by the unprosecuted deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and countless others, we are not surprised. We live a nation that has yet to grapple with the history of slavery and its afterlife. In 1669, the Virginia colony enacted legislation that gave white slaveholders the authority to murder their slaves without fear of prosecution. This act, concerning “… the Casual Killing of Slaves,” seems all too familiar today.
The holidays are part and parcel of the gross fraud, wrong, and inhumanity of slavery. They are professedly a custom established by the benevolence of the slaveholders; but I undertake to say, it is the result of selfishness, and one of the grossest frauds committed upon the down-trodden slave. They do not give the slaves this time because they would not like to have their work during its continuance, but because they know it would be unsafe to deprive them of it. This will be seen by the fact, that the slaveholders like to have their slaves spend those days just in such a manner as to make them as glad of their ending as of their beginning. Their object seems to be, to disgust their slaves with freedom, by plunging them into the lowest depths of dissipation.
—  Fredrick Douglass
6 Startling Things about Sex Farms During Slavery You may not know

"The fertility of enslaved women was examined by owners to make sure they were able to birth as many children as possible. Secretly, slaveowners would impregnate enslaved women and when the child was born and grew to an age where he could work on the fields, they would take the “very same children (of their) own blood and make slaves out of them,” as pointed out in the National Humanities Center Resource Toolbox on Slaveholders’ Sexual Abuse of Slaves.

It was common for the slave to be subordinated sexually to the master–even men with enslaved males. It was part of the enslaved man’s function as an “animated tool,” an instrument of pleasure. White men would force themselves on Black males in front of the entire plantation, they called it “Buck breaking”.

When enslaved males turned 15 years old–and younger in some cases–they had their first inspection. Boys who were under-developed, had their testicles castrated and sent to the market or used on the farm. Each enslaved male was expected to get 12 females pregnant a year. The men were used for breeding for five years. One enslaved man name Burt produced more than 200 offspring, according to the Slave Narratives.

To combat the high rate of death among the enslaved, plantation owners demanded females start having children at 13. By 20, the enslaved women would be expected to have four or five children. As an inducement, plantation owners promised freedom for enslaved female once she bore 15 children, according to Slavery in the United States by John Simkin.

If the enslaved woman was considered “pretty,” she would be bought by plantation owner and given special treatment in the house, but often subjected to horrifying cruelty by the master’s wife, including the beheading of a child because he was the product of a enslaved-master affair.

Often, the plantation owner would entertain his friends by forcing the enslaved Blacks to have orgies–multiple pairings having sex in front of them. And the white men often would participate in the debauchery.”

Apples 'n Berries

Terezi strolled down the halls of the Slavehold, stopping every couple rooms to check the number up-close.  She’d come to pick up her slave for the next two weeks- a bit different from last time, when Karkat was escorted to her hive with guard bots, but not too much of a hassle either way.  This time it was another person she knew, and fortunately, they got along much better now than she had when she rented the mutantblood midget.

Finally she caught a whiff of just the right room number!  She backed away from the door a bit with a bright grin.  De-captcha-ing her cane for necessary reason, she rapped twice on the door with it, planting it on the ground as she waited for Sollux to open up.

The American Minute: Spanish-American War ended

The American Minute: Spanish-American War ended

The Spanish-American War ended with a Treaty signed DECEMBER 10, 1898.Leading up the war was slavery in Cuba.

President James Buchanan wrote December 19, 1859:

“When a market for African slaves shall no longer be furnished in Cuba…Christianity and civilization may gradually penetrate the existing gloom.”

In 1868, a Creole farmer in Cuba began a revolt.

Cubans drafted a “10th of October…

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Cone: A black person should be Secretary of State without having to deny their racial heritage. And put it upfront. We are a part of America.

Moyers: But that would make her the Black Secretary of State.

Cone: No, no. Not necessarily. It would mean she’s proud of her history. When you talk about Jefferson and Washington, you’re talking about slaveholders. But you dont say it.

Moyers: Why dont we say that?

Cone: Because, America likes to be innocent. It likes to be the exception.

Moyers: But we’re not.

Cone: We are not. If Condoleezza Rice and Barack Obama were to talk about blackness in the real true sense, it would be uncomfortable. But America cant be what America ought to be until America can look at itself, the good, the bad, so that we can work on making ourselves what we ought to be. Cone and Bill Moyers (hour long conversation)

margaret mitchell started it by aestheticizing plantation owning and slaveholding and its been continuing since then. all your country faves are enforcing oppressive dynamics even if they themselves dont appear to be racist or whatever

But if you go through and read the column in question you see that Coates actually says this: “I insist that racism is our heritage, that Thomas Jefferson’s genius is no more important than his plundering of the body of Sally Hemmings, that George Washington’s abdication is no more significant than his wild pursuit of Oney Judge.”

The difference between the two seems pretty obvious to me. Coates isn’t saying that Washington was nothing more than a slaveholder. He’s saying that being a slaveholder isn’t cancelled out by his role as president. He’s saying the two things are inseparable, in the face of lots of people who try to separate the historical greatness of the Founding Fathers from their faults.