Racism & Anti-Racism In the News
Stop Mississippi from Whitewashing History
There is an attempt going on in Mississippi to revise history and whitewash some of the less flattering events, giving a generation of young people an incomplete view of our nation's history. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ new budget calls for $3 million for a “Patriotic Education Fund,” which declares that “the United States is the greatest country in the history of the world,” and promises to reward schools that combat the “revisionist history” that is “poisoning a generation.”
In response, the Zinn Education Project will provide free people’s history books and lessons to Mississippi middle and high school teachers and librarians who write to them. Learn more about this initiative on their website and how you can support them.
The Abolition Amendment
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery after the Civil War—but not for all. Lawmakers left a loophole, also known as the “Punishment Clause,” within the Amendment that outlawed slavery “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” As a result, slavery was not outlawed in prisons. "Slavery is our nation's original sin and this loophole has been exploited for far too long to criminalize Black and Brown Americans," Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley said. Legalized slavery has bent the American criminal justice system, fanned the flames of mass incarceration, and stripped millions of people— particularly Black Americans and people of color—of their most basic human rights.
A joint resolution dubbed the Abolition Amendment, introduced by Democrats in the House and Senate, seeks to remove the "punishment" clause from the amendment.
Read the press release from Senator Merkley and Representative William Lacy Clay (D-MO-1).