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In the News: THE MIX emag, Mary Beard, Storyteller Irving Howe, Richmond Slavery, Redneck Racism

Mary Beard, an intellectual genius

By Lara/Trace

If it wasn’t for the doctor’s office who had a recent issue of the New Yorker, (I borrowed it) I never would have fallen head-over-heels for (a reported intellectual genius) British Professor Mary Beard, her site TLS and her blog A DON’S LIFE (http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/), and twitter account, which lead me to this: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1474017.ece about starting a magazine.

See? Sometimes we are lead by visionaries and great thinkers, by the New Yorker, by chance, by synchronicity, by WAKAN TANKA (GOD).

This January, it’s time to start something fresh, new. THE MIX (web-blog – emagazine – whatever you want to call a digital magazine/blog) is that fresh egg, that mind-hatching idea for me.  We (Patricia and I and friends who blog) plan to invite writers to write about ancestry in a new way, in their own way, with a look at how “mixed” we are as humans. None better than the other.

[My opinion: Race doesn’t exist. It’s constructed by people who oppress others deliberately and subtly. We are all people of color.]

Once we see how related we are to everyone else, we have a fighting chance as humans to refresh/change/reboot the planetary awareness and change our/your/their views as humans – how we are ALL related. (The Lakota phrase MITAKUYE OYASIN speaks to this – and it is a great honor/compliment to be told “we are all related.”)

So, my friends-relatives-readers, please share this post with your circle of writer friends and let’s kick this off in a good way. Here’s to JANUARY! THE MIX!  Start writing! Email me: larahentz@yahoo.com and let me know if you are interested in contributing. It’s open to EVERY HUMAN who can type and email!  [Future site: http://mixemag.wordpress.com%5D

In December an extended interview with Anishinabe Scholar Professor Carol Hand will run over several weeks.

I will be back in January with more about THE MIX…

Thanks for a great year, all you wonderful subscriber-readers! THANK YOU ALL!

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Irving Howe, 1962 Photograph: Photo by Jose Mercado/Stanford News Service © Stanford University
Irving Howe, 1962 Photograph: Photo by Jose Mercado/Stanford News Service © Stanford University

Irving Howe, storyteller of ideas

ADAM KIRSCH

Nina Howe, editor
A VOICE STILL HEARD
Selected essays of Irving Howe
416pp. Yale University Press. £28 (US $40).
978 0 300 20366 0 |  Published: 22 October 2014

When intellectuals can do nothing else, they start a magazine”, Irving Howe quipped when explaining why he founded Dissent, the independent leftist quarterly, in 1954. The Eisenhower era was not hospitable to left-wing politics, and Howe’s phrase is often repeated at the intellectuals’ expense, as if it were a confession of their irrelevance. But that is not what Howe meant. He went on to write: “But starting a magazine is also doing something; at the very least it is thinking in common. And thinking in common can have unforeseen results”.

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IN THE NEWS

History Replays Today: Slavery in Richmond

Richmond.com | November 11, 2014 

Shockoe Bottom was a center of some of the most egregious atrocities of American history, if not world history. However, the story is not discussed enough perhaps because it is not an easy topic to talk about.

Generally, the details get glossed over especially in the form of sound bites in the debates over the proposed Shockoe Stadium.

The new episode of History Replays Today, the Richmond History Podcast discusses Richmond’s slave trade with Gregg Kimball and Maurie McInnis.

Read more: http://www.richmond.com/discover-richmond/article_53629e50-66a0-11e4-bf29-0017a43b2370.html

Redneck Racism: agenda to close down communities

15 Nov 14: “The Western Australian Government’s move to close down up to 150 of 274 remote communities has been labelled redneck racism. It is the ugliest act of racism to be seen in this nation in 70 years, with many fearing that it will pale the ugly racism of the Northern Territory ‘Intervention’. Elders, advocates and former politicians are warning the State Government to not close down the communities of First Peoples, that to do so will lead to a further spiral of suicides, despair, homelessness, to irreparable trust issues between First People and Governments but also to hate.” By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist

http://thestringer.com.au/redneck-agenda-to-close-down-communities-9063

Remember that slavery was woven into Connecticut’s fabric

Randall Beach New Haven Register 11/22/14

Ten years ago, Hartford Courant reporter Anne Farrow, acting on a tip from a friend, sat down at the Connecticut State Library and began reading three logbooks from ships that sailed out of New London in the mid-1700s.

The first ship was called the Africa. It was aptly named.

The crew was bound for West Africa to buy slaves and then sell them on England’s colonial islands in the Caribbean. Some of the “human cargo” probably stayed on board to be brought to Connecticut, where they were sold and owned by residents here.

Read more: http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20141122/randall-beach-remember-that-slavery-was-woven-into-connecticuts-fabric

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Museum on slave trade planned for Episcopal cathedral in Providence

Paul Davis Providence Journal November 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A shuttered church could soon shine a light on Rhode Island’s dark role in the slave trade.

Church leaders hope it will also help heal a divided state and nation.

The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island wants to use part of the Cathedral of St. John for a museum that will look at those who made money in the slave trade — and those who opposed it. Churchgoers and clergymen filled both camps.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, Rhode Islanders backed 1,000 trips between Africa and the Americas. Newport, Bristol and Providence were among the busiest slave trade ports in North America.

Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/ri-life/20141116-museum-on-slave-trade-planned-for-former-episcopal-cathedral-in-providence.ece

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“Policing Sexuality”: The Mann Act And White Slavery

 By David Martin Davies | November 26, 2014 | Texas Public Radio

 Charles Manson, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Lloyd Wright and Chuck Berry: what do these men have in common?They were all charged with violating the Mann Act, also known at the White Slavery law. The progressive era law has been on the books for over one hundred years – and was used to build the FBI – enforce a moral code against sexual deviancy and promote gender roles for women. The Mann Act was America’s first anti–sex trafficking law. It made it illegal to transport women over state lines for prostitution “or any other immoral purpose.” It was meant to protect women and girls from being seduced or sold into sexual slavery. But, as Jessica Pliley illustrates, its enforcement resulted more often in the policing of women’s sexual behavior, reflecting conservative attitudes toward women’s roles at home and their movements in public.

Listen to the program: http://tpr.org/post/policing-sexuality-mann-act-and-white-slavery

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 Slaves Waiting for Sale

November 1, 2014 |Withgoodreasonradio.org

 In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. His painting of the scene was later exhibited at the Royal Gallery in London in 1861. In her new book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, Maurie McInnis (University of Virginia) describes the impact this pivotal painting had on the British Public at the outbreak of the American Civil War. Gregg Kimball (Library of Virginia) talks about a new exhibition of art dealing with the American slave trade. Also: Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University) says many Union soldiers were not for re-election of Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and were in fact pressured to vote for him.

Listen to the program: http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2014/11/slaves-waiting-for-sale/

***** BONUS

FUCK Colonization by Frank Waln HERE

My family getting together to eat and celebrate our lives on a day that represents the genocide of our ancestors and culture is, in its own way, a “fuck you” to colonialisation. America’s colonial project failed. We’re still here, and we’re keeping our ceremonies and traditions alive. We’re still speaking our languages. We’re living our culture. I’m alive and I know what it means to be Lakota. For that, I give thanks every day.

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