Colonial Marines

Because this is rarely addressed


colonial-marines-reenactors Historical re-enactment of the Colonial Marines.

The Colonial Marines (fl. 1814-1816) were runaway Black American slaves who fought for Britain against the US in the War of 1812. They helped to burn down Washington, DC and were later settled in Trinidad with their families as free men with their own land. They are still there, called Merikins.

They are little known in the US. They were even removed from the third verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, a song written by Francis Scott Key about the Battle of Baltimore, which they fought in. Francis Scott Key himself had fought them earlier, on their way to Washington, and lost.

The War of 1812:

  • Ontario almost became a US state.
  • New England almost became a separate nation.
  • Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin almost became a Native American buffer state.
  • Georgia and the Carolinas almost became Black American republics.
  • The US almost ended at…

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Black Women Own Detroit’s Only Vegan Full Service Restaurant – #Blackowned

The Hungry Black Man

“If cameraman Korey (@KoreyDavisPhotography) doesn’t shoot it, I won’t eat it.”  I found an article from the Washington Post titled, “One of the country’s poorest cities is suddenly becoming a food mecca”.  As I completed reading the article, I thought it would be cool to look up some of the restaurants discussed and list them on my Facebook in celebration of National Black Business Month.  I assumed the majority would be black owned given the reputation of the city’s demographics (I have never visited Detroit).  To my unpleasant surprise, I could only find one restaurant in the entire article that was partly black owned.  How could this be?  How could a city with all of these black people only be represented by one black restaurateur inside an article about Detroit’s food scene?   So I did my own research and found over fifty black owned restaurants.  I called cameraman Korey, and we were on our way to…

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Origins of the police

Fantastic historical information on ‘policing’ history

Works in theory

The Five Points district of lower Manhattan, painted by George Catlin in 1827. New York’s first free Black settlement, it became a mixed-race slum, home to Blacks and Irish alike, and a focal point for the stormy collective life of the new working class. Cops were invented to gain control over neighborhoods and populations like this. The Five Points district of lower Manhattan, painted by George Catlin in 1827. New York’s first free Black settlement, Five Points was also a destination for Irish immigrants and a focal point for the stormy collective life of the new working class. Cops were invented to gain control over neighborhoods and populations like this.

In England and the United States, the police were invented within the space of just a few decades — roughly from 1825 to 1855.

The new institution was not a response to an increase in crime, and it really didn’t lead to new methods for dealing with crime. The most common way for authorities to solve a crime, before and since the invention of police, has been for someone to tell them who did it.

Besides, crime has to do with the acts of individuals, and the ruling elites who invented the police were responding to challenges posed…

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Mental Health Effects of Sexual Assault and Abuse

So important

Positive Living

Sexual abuse is any form of sexual violence, including rape, child molestation, incest, and similar forms of non-consensual sexual contact. Most sexual abuse experts agree sexual abuse is never only about sex. Instead, it is often an attempt to gain power  over victims.

Immediate crisis assistance after sexual assault can prove invaluable  but therapy can also be helpful for those who experienced sexual abuse in the past. Some therapists specialize in addressing the trauma of sexual assault, and long-term assistance may be beneficial to some survivors of sexual abuse.

A number of organizations are available to help those who have survived sexual abuse. RAINN offers an online hotline as well as a telephone crisis line. If you are in crisis or need to help someone who is, call RAINN now at (800) 656-HOPE. Most cities also offer rape crisis centers, which offer support, information, and counseling to survivors.

Types of Sexual Assault and Abuse

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We Gon’ Be Alright: #ATLisReady Reflection


Ashleigh, Not Ashley

By now, you’ve probably heard about the thousands of people that occupied the streets of Atlanta on Friday night to protest police brutality and white supremacy. I was one of those folks. When the day started, I wasn’t sure if I would go. I waged an internal battle. My brain came up with excuse after excuse and my heart shot everyone down. I got on the train I take home and made that detour. I was wracked with anxiety from the time I stepped off the train to the car ride home. Still, I felt exhilarated. It’s the morning after and even though I feel like I got ran over by a herd of buffalo, I’m full. Dare I say, I’m happy.

But, I’m not here to gush. I have some thoughts. Let’s get into it.

Down My Niggaz: Unity

In the past, whenever someone said Black people aren’t able…

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Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy

Um wow

Keep Ypsi Black

Andrea Smith is associate professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her publications include Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (Duke University Press, 2008), and Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (South End Press, 2005).

[Editor’s note: the transcript, edited lightly for length and clarity, appears below.] 

Many scholars in Native Studies have argued that the field has been co-opted by broader discourses, such as ethnic studies or post-colonial studies.1 Their contention is that ethnic studies elide Native claims to sovereignty by rendering Native peoples as ethnic groups suffering racial discrimination rather than as nations who are undergoing colonization. These scholars and activists rightly point to the neglect within ethnic studies and within broader racial-justice struggles of the unique legal position Native peoples have in the United States. At the same time…

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