Category: america

30 years ago today, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin wall fell. What can America learn from Berlin’s struggle to face Its violent past?

“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” ~ Robert Frank (1924 – 2019)

Pieces from the silver collection at Colonial Williamsburg.

How the American Flag Became Sacred—and the Hottest Brand in the Nation


To justify the exclusion of and violence toward African Americans after the Civil War, pop culture—encompassing everything from mass media and entertainment to product advertising and tchotchkes—churned out objects, images, songs, and stories designed to reinforce widespread beliefs about white supremacy and black inferiority. Across the country, in Northern states as well as Southern ones, black people were routinely humiliated, menaced, tortured and beaten to death, and blocked from participating in business and public life. Thanks to smartphone and social-media technology, we’re seeing how such violence continues in 2015, 50 years after the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

How America Bought and Sold Racism, and Why It Still Matters

50 years ago, on November 5, 1968, Shirley Anita Chisholm, an educator from Brooklyn, New York, made history by becoming the first African American woman elected to Congress. She went on to make history again in 1972 as the first woman AND African American to run for a major party’s nomination for president.

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Thousands of women were mocked, ridiculed, jailed, beaten, and even killed for demanding the right to vote. Do your part and honor their memory by voting today. 

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(Postcards from the Suffragist Era)

United States of Protest: A Citizen’s Guide to 250 Years of Resistance

The widespread protests of 2018 and 1968 don’t stand alone in American history: The founding of the United States itself was an act of protest, and within its first 50 years, the country reached another feverish state of demonstrations and demands for reform around slavery, institutional sexism, capitalism, and child welfare. It shouldn’t be all that surprising, as petitioning for change is a part of this country’s very DNA, written into the Constitution in the First Amendment. 

As the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson said, “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

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Tomorrow is the day! Please honor those who put their lives on the line and VOTE. Have questions about where and when to vote? Go here:

(Images from The Struggle in Black and White: Activist Photographers Who Fought for Civil Rights)

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