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“My folks sell me and yo folks buy me”

Kanye West, “Barracoon” and some history of African slavery

Silvrback blog imageDo you recollect the uproar caused by the musician Kanye West a couple of months ago when he said the ancestors of today’s African-Americans “chose” to remain in slavery?  Arguments bounced around the word “choice.”  What choices did slaves have? What choices do African-Americans have today? One point . . .

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July 13, 2018

'Is Donald Trump a threat to American democracy?'

Over at Bloggingheadstv, Glenn Loury spars with his old friend Harold Pollack on what threat if any Donald Trump poses for American democracy.

Loury is a professor of economics at Brown University. He was famed as a ‘black conservative’ in younger days but seems to have converged to independent centrist or center-right . . .

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February 14, 2018

Emancipation Day 1905 - and 'The Strange Career of Jim Crow'

Silvrback blog imageFrom the Washington Post of April 4, 1905:

“Richmond, Va., April 3 -- Thousands of Negroes observed Emancipation Day in Virginia today. The occasion resulted in an outpouring of the race never before equaled, armed with miniature United States flags and attended by brass bands.

"In addition, there was a unique feature to-night, . . .

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December 21, 2017

I want to be Swiss in my next life

It’s too late for this lifetime, but in the next I’ll start early on the project of migrating to Switzerland.

Silvrback blog imageNot that the Swiss will make it easy for me.  In a 2014 referendum they exercised their national sovereignty by voting to introduce quotas on immigration, a move at odds with an earlier agreement with the European . . .

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December 15, 2017

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