August 1st 1834: Britain abolishes slavery

On this day in 1834, slavery was abolished in the British Empire as the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act came into force. Britain had dominated the Atlantic slave trade for hundreds of years, with millions of people being forcibly taken from Africa to the Americas while businessmen in Britain profited from their plight. The campaign for abolition began in the late eighteenth century, countering claims that slaves were content with the brutal reality of life aboard a slave ship and toiling in a plantation. One of the primary actors in the movement to abolish the slave trade was freed slave Olaudah Equiano, whose eloquent autobiography articulated the horrors of slavery. The slave trade was thus banned in 1807, and this was enforced by the British navy on the West African coast, but the practice continued and captains would throw slaves overboard to avoid fines. The Anti-Slavery Society was formed in 1823 to campaign for the complete abolition of slavery in the British Empire, led by the politician William Wilberforce. The abolition movement was partly fueled by humanitarian concern, but also changing economic interests, as the newly industrial Britain no longer relied on slave-based goods, and slave rebellions in Haiti and Jamaica indicated that slavery was becoming unprofitable. The 1833 act was passed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, before receiving Royal Assent from King William IV in August; Wilberforce died three days after hearing that the bill would pass. Due to come into effect a year later, it provided for the eventual emancipation of slaves in the British Empire (they were to become ‘apprentices’ for six years before freedom), while providing £20 million (nearly £70 billion in modern currency) in compensation for slaveowners. Whilst this act ostensibly ended slavery, it did not completely eradicate the practice, as some areas of the British Empire were initially exempt and others continued to secretly sell slaves throughout the nineteenth century.

slavery still isn't illegal in America.

when you’re arrested, charged & sent to prison, you become a slave to the state.
the 13th amendment abolishes slavery *unless as punishment for a crime.
so, yeah.
strangely enough, minorities are the majority in prisons.

Black History:

A Look at the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments : Slavery Abolished, Equal Protection Established

John Richard Conway

What is the United States Constitution? It was created to lay out the basic laws and principles of the United States. The Bill of Rights was added to ensure the basic human rights of American citizens. The Constitution of the United States series showcases the major amendments to the Constitution since its ratification in 1792, and summarizes how the Constitution and Bill of Rights were created. Each book contains the complete text of the Constitution and discusses how the Constitution or an amendment affects our lives today.

a famous nigga could be paying bonds and legal fees for unfairly imprisoned Black and brown people and some Stretch Armstrong-ass nigga would reach like “OK BUT DID YOU GO BACK IN TIME AND ABOLISH SLAVERY????? THEN FUCK IS YOUR MONEY GOOD FOR????? FAKE ASS!!!!!”

Happy Emancipation Day / Week!

Many islands in the Caribbean that were former British territories are marking the emancipation of slavery this week. The specific day varies by country but most fall within the first week of August, specifically August 1st. Slavery was abolished by the British empire in 1834 and to mark the occasion many islands have cultural festivals and carnivals to pay homage to enslaved ancestors.

Here in Barbados, it’s Crop Over, the annual carnival tradition. Revelers awoke in the wee hours of the morning today to parade through the dark streets with paint, powder and oil as part of the celebration known as Foreday.

Pictured above is the Emancipation Statue, located just east of Bridgetown. It marks the island breaking the chains of slavery. Many Barbadians refer to the figure as Bussa, named after an enslaved Barbadian who led a slave revolt in 1816.

Today is a holiday therefore businesses are closed. But masquerades for Monday’s Grand Kadooment Day parade are still picking up their costumes. The streets are filled with the sounds of sweet soca and calypso music and everyone is ready to party!

Happy Emancipation!

  • some fucking normie conservative:Why do you even like the French Revolution? It was a bloodbath and proved that leftism in-action is inherently violent.
  • what i want to say:the french revolution spawned ideals barely indulged in before and was built primarily on equality. which, at the time, was not only uncommon but absolutely stunning in the lengths they went in such. not only was slavery abolished in france at the time under the rights of man, but sodomy was decriminalized and women's rights were often brought up (see: robespierre on women's rights) not to mention the fact that it broke up the church's power over the government for the most part and spread ideals of religious freedom and atheism alike. the ideas presented by the french revolution were far ahead of their time and inspired revolutions to come- personally, i don't even see it as a failure due to this. many of the figures attached to the french revolution were interesting as well, though majorly demonized by today's standards, notably the radicals. some of them are more than likely to be queer, and i personally find this relatable and historically interesting, overall the french revolution is a rarely explored topic that has played a major role in modern leftism and politics as a whole and we should most definitely appreciate what it has to offer while simultaneously criticizing its flaws.
  • what i actually say:danton is my daddy

On August 1, 1985, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery. Obviously, we celebrate the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834. However, individual colonies in British North America (which later became the United States of America) abolished slavery, beginning with Rhode Island in 1774. The first national abolition was declared in the French Revolution of 1789, and maintained afterward only in the independent Republic of Haiti. Slavery was abolished permanently in the French Empire in 1848, in the Spanish Empire in 1880, and in Brazil in 1888. (Brazil is central, since it received more than one-third of all Africans imported in the slave trade). Read the whole history

Writing Research - American Civil War

The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War as well as other sectional names, was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 to determine the survival of the Union or independence for the Confederacy. Among the 34 states in January 1861, seven Southern slaves states individually declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. 

The Confederacy, often simply called the South, grew to include eleven states, and although they claimed thirteen states and additional western territories, the Confederacy was never diplomatically recognized by a foreign country. The states that remained loyal and did not declare secession were known as the Union or the North. The war had its origin in the fractious issue of slavery, especially the extension of slavery into the western territories.

After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Then began the Reconstruction and the processes of restoring national unity and guaranteeing civil rights to the freed slaves. [1]


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I’ve been in the deep south for a few days now. It’s fun, but ever since the controversy with the Confederate battle flag started up, I’ve been seeing more and more of them around, and it’s making me livid hearing the way people are defending it. Displaying this flag anywhere other than in a private home or in a museum is 100% in bad taste. The number one argument is that it’s “heritage and not hate.” It may be part of family heritage, but it is the Confederate BATTLE flag. This was and still is a flag born from war. What’s worse is that this is a flag born from the side of a war that refuse to abolish slavery. It is my heritage too, and I have the privilege to wave it around to my heart’s content, but I have enough courtesy to realize how awful of me that would be and just how many families and generations I would be throwing under a bus just to display my “heritage.” Saying that this is only heritage and not hate is brushing off the fact that earlier Americans stole people from their homes and put them in a place that stripped them of their human rights–something that this god awful country is still trying to recover from.

Tell me how flying a flag is more important than respecting an entire race of people. Explain how this doesn’t promote privilege. The simple fact is that it doesn’t. The confederacy lost the war because they couldn’t support themselves. Their ideal country was not sustainable. The war has been over for decades. It is not heritage. It is an embarrassment and a mistake of a very young country.

anonymous asked:

I have a legitimate question. Why is it okay for black people to say "I hate white people." but it's inappropriate for white people to say "I hate back people." I'm genuinely curious, not trying to argue at all. I feel like I don't know enough about the topic

alright at first glance it looks like it could be racist so let me run over the topic of systematic racism for you. since white people enslaved black people, there have been huuuge repercussions even after slavery was abolished. slavery created this whole white supremacy thing where society was literally built on white people being superior to other races, which is where current day racism as we know it stems from. in order for white people to be the superior race (which they are in terms of society), other races are put down by white people and made to feel as less of a person than white people. probably the biggest example of this is racial stereotyping and profiling, which is harmful to everyone who isn’t white. for example, black people are labeled thugs by society, and many people associate drugs and rape with hispanic people. notice how there aren’t any widespread stereotypes about white people? (and no, “white people can’t dance” doesn’t count because all that does is hurt your feelings) the stereotypes are reinforced every day and often lead to the murder and mistreatment of POC. for a person to say they hate white people, it could probably be justified based on how they’ve been treated. but to say you hate BLACK people or other POC, that would be generalizing and aiding to the already harmful stereotypes in place, which ultimately hinders racial equality. since white people are in a place of power, anyone can criticize white people and it won’t have an impact on the whole race of white people. innocent white people won’t start to be killed by police all over the country because one person said “i hate white people”, but stereotypes of black people can be reinforced if someone said they hate black people. basically, racism against white people cannot exist because white people aren’t oppressed.

We are target practice.
Yes, I said we are target practice.
Our melanin, a gigantic bulls eye in the shooting range I call this Earth.
We are hunted like animals for sport, unarmed civilians caught like deer in the cop’s headlights.
The history washes over you like an unexpected ocean wave.
You have never had power, you have never had privilege, you have been sedated with voting rights that have garnered you a black president and the abolishing of slavery even though you’re still treated as three fifths of a person and your every waking moment is filled with fear at the possibility of a so called law enforcement officer remembering that he has a gun.
So when you see the ones that are supposed to protect you your hair raises up, you try not to show it on your face but you are praying to God, not in praise like the nine murdered in Charleston, South Carolina but in terror asking if today is the day you perish thanks to the bullet of the boys in blue.
Or maybe not.
Maybe you’re not another Travon Martin, Emmett Till, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Kimani Gray, Tamir Rice.
Maybe you’re a Sandra Bland, a Freddie Gray, another Eric Gardner.
Maybe you won’t have eight shots in your back but instead you’ll be the next with your name attached to the I Can’t Breathe hashtag.
None of this concerns you though.
Nothing consumes you more than fear for your own life, fear that you’ve had the worst luck you could imagine and are the next bloodied snapshot on the front page in the New York Times waiting to happen.
But did you ever for a moment think that for every social media post covered in innocent blood and the tears of our fellow brothers and sisters that there is another person who simply hasn’t been announced, another person whose story wasn’t told?
I fear the day when I turn on my TV, hear of another person of color’s murder and the only words that escape my lips are ‘Oh, another one.’
I fear the day that my anger is exhausted, my sadness has been depleted, I fear the day that the only life I mourn is my own.
So if I someday have the luxury of becoming a hashtag in this whitewashed media, know that I didn’t raise a gun of my own.
Know that I didn’t fight the officers.
Know that if I took a bullet in my back or head, it wasn’t provoked, and mourn my passing.
Not just mine, but all of the others that have unjustly lost their lives because of the color of their skin, labeled savage before even knowing their names.
Don’t ever forget that before any of this transpired, I and all of the others were human.
—  maxwelldpoetry, “We are not free yet.”

anonymous asked:

totally omg!! yeah ur so right!!!! the confederate flag totally supports free speech!! it totally wasn't created in resistance to the abolishment of slavery!! ur so smart!!! how do you do it!!

It was created in resistance to the UNION who tried to dictate what EVERYONE had to do. SLAVERY was merely an ATTRIBUTE that the South wanted to have. Also, only a FRACTION OF A PERCENTAGE of people actually owned slaves. MOST SLAVES owned by non-rich plantation owners were given HOUSING AND FOOD in exchange for their SERVICES.

Slavery, the South, and the rebellion are not a blanket statement, so STOP trying to make it into that.

The 14th Amendment Was Ratified Today in 1868

Photo: Photograph of James Brown, Civil War veteran, with a picture of Abraham Lincoln. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection. 

On July 28th 1868, the 14th Amendment was ratified. Following the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery and preceding the 15th Amendment that guaranteed black men the right to vote, the 14th Amendment guaranteed citizenship to all people who were enslaved. The amendment states that any person born in the United States is to be granted citizenship and that states are prohibited from denying privileges or immunities from those citizens. That is, citizens cannot be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. 

Ratifying, the 14th Amendment did not come easy though. It was a battle between a Congress full of Radical Republicans who were for Reconstruction and a Democratic president, Andrew Johnson, who insisted that white southerners decide the future of black people. Fortunately, the Republicans won the debate and created the amendment. The next challenge was getting southern states to ratify it; all refused but Tennessee. Republicans returned with the Reconstruction Act of 1867, which Southern states had to accept in order to be readmitted into the Union; the act included ratifying the 14th Amendment. The amendment was then ratified by the required three-fourths of states. It has since been used to repeal Plessy v. Ferguson, which it successfully did in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954, from the use of its equal protection clause. Even still, it is used today to fight for the equality of all people in the United States.

thinking of nina

  • Hound dogs on my trail
    School children sitting in jail
    Black cat cross my path
    I think every day’s gonna be my last

    Lord have mercy on this land of mine
    We all gonna get it in due time
    I don’t belong here
    I don’t belong there
    I’ve even stopped believing in prayer

    They try to say it’s a communist plot
    All I want is equality
    for my sister my brother my people and me

    You don’t have to live next to me
    Just give me my equality
    Everybody knows about Mississippi
    Everybody knows about Alabama
    Everybody knows about
    Mississippi Goddam 🔥🎵


It’s so weird when sjws/liberals bring up people like MLK. You know he was a Republican, right? It’s weird when they bring up the KKK. You know they were and still are Democrats, right? The people who used water hoses and dogs on blacks in protests - Democrats. What is with this level of misinformation?

Fact: The Republican Party was founded primarily to oppose slavery, and Republicans eventually abolished slavery. The Democratic Party fought them and tried to maintain and expand slavery. The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, passed in 1865 with 100% Republican support but only 23% Democrat support in congress.

Fact: During the Civil War era, the “Radical Republicans” were given that name because they wanted to not only end slavery but also to endow the freed slaves with full citizenship, equality, and rights.

Fact: The Ku Klux Klan was originally and primarily an arm of the Southern Democratic Party. Its mission was to terrorize freed slaves and “ni**er-loving” (their words) Republicans who sympathized with them.

Fact: The 14th Amendment, giving full citizenship to freed slaves, passed in 1868 with 94% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress. The 15th Amendment, giving freed slaves the right to vote, passed in 1870 with 100% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress.

The historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported by a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats in both houses of Congress. In the House, 80 percent of the Republicans and 63 percent of the Democrats voted in favor. In the Senate, 82 percent of the Republicans and 69 percent of the Democrats voted for it.

Fact: Contrary to popular misconception, the parties never “switched” on racism. The Democrats just switched from overt racism to a subversive strategy of getting blacks as dependent as possible on government to secure their votes. At the same time, they began a cynical smear campaign to label anyone who opposes their devious strategy as greedy racists. (x)

Research it yourself if you think that’s bullshit.

emperor-of-nerds asked:

Wouldn't the preferable solution be to abolish bourgeoisie imperialism, rather than start an arms race and feed into a violent system that kills the working class daily? Drones will always beat guns. Destroy drones, don't support guns.

You think the bourgeoisie will just let the working class abolish imperialism? You remember what happened when we tried to abolish slavery, yes?

Communists see that the development of the proletariat in nearly all civilized countries has been violently suppressed, and that in this way the opponents of communism have been working toward a revolution with all their strength. If the oppressed proletariat is finally driven to revolution, then we communists will defend the interests of the proletarians with deeds as we now defend them with words. - Engels

I just got to hear “white privilege is frivolous” and “white people abolished slavery” in the same sentence what a wild ride

I would love to know what Laurens’s plans for abolishing slavery would have been after the war.  The black regiment could really only be achieved during wartime, so what would he have done if he had survived the war?  I’m sure he would have continued in his abolitionist ways, but I’m wondering how he would have went about it.
Four Principles of Political Transformation - Bernie Sanders
There are four psychological principles that activate the power to create profound political change, including the election of Bernie Sanders as president: 1. Know that anything is possible; the last thing to worry about is what the majority thinks. The majority didn’t wake up one day and say, “Oh, let’s free the slaves.” The majority didn’t wake up one day and say, “Ah hell, let’s go on and give women the right to vote.” Hardly. Serious social change emerges from a small group of people, usually considered outrageous radicals by the status quo of their time, who simply have a …

“There were many who said we could never abolish slavery, that women would never get the right to vote, that institutionalized segregation in the American South was here to stay, and gays would never be allowed to marry. Today, the propagandistic effort to defeat Sanders is through minimizing his candidacy, marginalizing his efforts, asserting that the machine arrayed against him is too powerful for a bunch of ragamuffin populists to overcome. Let’s remember that the economy of slavery was a powerful machine, too. Yet a bunch of ragamuffin Quakers started a revolution that could not be stopped.”