Today In Latin American History


May 30

  • 1867: Peruvian president Ramón Castilla, who abolished Black slavery in his country, dies at age 69.
  • 1918: Poet Pita Amor is born in Mexico City.
  • 1919: Bolivian dictator René Barrientos is born in Cochabamba.
  • 1951: Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo is born in San Solano.
  • 1961: Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo is assassinated at age 69.

Jim Crow refers to the practice of racial segregation that occurred in the United States during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In resistance to the civil rights acts of the post Civil War Reconstruction era in the United States, southern states adopted, in a piecemeal manner, a pattern of segregation that began with trains and other forms of public transportation. These so called Jim Crow laws eventually spread to all areas of racial contact and during the first half of the twentieth century they became part of a widespread system of racial discrimination throughout the United States.

In Canada, there were no Jim Crow laws and legalized system of racial segregation. Nevertheless, there was deep seated racism in Canada and an extensive “voluntary” system of segregation and other forms of racial discrimination developed that had many of the hallmarks of Jim Crow laws in the United States. In Nova Scotia, for example, the case of Viola Desmond illustrates the nature of the culture of racism in Canada and it has been the subject of a recent National Film Board documentary entitled Journey to Justice that aired on CBC television. In 1946, Viola Desmond refused to sit in the balcony designated exclusively for Blacks in a New Glasgow theater but, instead, took her seat on the ground floor where only whites were allowed to sit. After being forcibly removed from the theater and arrested, Viola was eventually found guilty of not paying the one-cent difference in tax on the balcony ticket from the main floor theater ticket.

The experience of Viola Desmond is only one of the many incidents of racism that profoundly affected the lives of African Canadians throughout the twentieth century.

Just an FYI for erryone




> Things you shouldn’t compare to the Holocaust: things that aren’t the Holocaust.

> Things you shouldn’t compare to rape: things that aren’t rape.

> Things you shouldn’t compare to slavery: things that aren’t slavery.

> Things you shouldn’t compare to homophobia or transphobia: things that aren’t homophobia or transphobia.

It’s that simple.



Ahhh, reminds me of a rebloggy convo I had about a month or so ago.

This girl was talking about how people need to STFU bc white people have been mistreated too due to ethnic prejudices/conflicts. She had family lost/killed in the Yugoslavian conflict back in the 90’s. I tried saying that she can’t compare the history of her people to what blacks/Natives/etc have had to go through because, and I quote verbatim:

They are two different countries, with different cultures, and different histories. 

Somehow she missed my point and I guess thought I was saying what had happened wasn’t as bad, even though I never actually said that and I fully recognize the atrocities that have occurred, but in a different cultural context. 

Last night’s “Once Upon a Time” was extremely racist


I’ve always been upset that there has been exactly one person of color in the series that is worthy of noticing. For all the effort the series puts into re-imagining fairy tales to be less sexist, there has been a disturbing lack of PoC representation, despite the fact that many fairy tales have cross-cultural counterparts.

And then last night, we found out why there is a single black person amidst all of these white people. Because he is a slave. Why else would they cast a black actor? Diversity? Don’t be silly.

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The Middle Passage journey from West Africa to the Americas took 4 to 6 months.

Try walking around without wiping your butt for a day or a week. Yep now try laying down in shit for 4-6 weeks, most of it isnt your own. Then add some blood and some mucus. Then grab some chains. Slavery was that bad. dont u ever fucking tell me it wasnt! (via howtobenoladarling)

Not to mention every now and then you were raped by those that were working the ships.  Male and female were raped.

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24 hrs laying in extremely tight positions with hundreds of people that are suffering from all kinds of diseases due to malnutrition. Weather wasnt always the way the ship owners planned and voyages took longer than usually, the longest I was told by a professor was a whole year. 

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Most people have no idea what happened to our ancestors, and that’s due to the fact that the powers that be want to act like it never happened.  

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Reblogging some real shit from my Liked posts. Because fuck you.

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Harsh reminder. YES, IT WAS THAT BAD.

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The sheer amount of dead bodies thrown overboard attracted tons of sharks, and over time was enough to change their migration patterns. Yeah, you heard right - the slave trade affected the fucking marine ECOSYSTEM. 

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Attendants at Old Slave Day, Southern Pines, North Carolina
April 8, 1937
Photo forms part of the Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. WPA, Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives collection
Old Slave Day was a day set aside annually for former African American slaves. Participants spent the day in the Municipal Park sharing their experiences and recollections with the thousands of people, black and white, who came to see and hear them.


Attendants at Old Slave Day, Southern Pines, North Carolina

April 8, 1937

Photo forms part of the Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. WPA, Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives collection

Old Slave Day was a day set aside annually for former African American slaves. Participants spent the day in the Municipal Park sharing their experiences and recollections with the thousands of people, black and white, who came to see and hear them.

Reblogged from curleychaos




Never Forget by floacist

There has never been another large historical event that has it’s decedents be told to ‘get over’ than the ancestors’ of the enslavement of millions of Africans transported across the Atlantic.

There has never been such any formal set of reparations for the 300+ centuries of enslavement of Africans, and needless to say, there obviously never will be one. (As more time passes, its getting easier to ‘explain’ why reparations simply ‘cannot be made’).

I ponder this question often. How exactly can that be done? How can you get over what is your identity in the US? Your heritage? Get over your lineage? Get over your ancestry? Get over your great grandparents legacy? Get over the fact that you cannot trace your family tree than a few generations?

Hey, any tips guys? You have yet to give out any.

I know many of you like to imagine that the transatlantic slave trade took place thousands of years ago. On some B.C. or some shit. I know its comforting if you compare it to the slaves of the Romans, Greeks or the Hebrews in Egypt [okay, I’m just entertaining the idea that the Biblical story of Exodus is real for a moment] because its ancient history. Too bad it isn’t. There were still former slaves around in the 1940s. (That’s during the time of World War II, by the way. I’m certain no one forgets that).

It seems as though anything that involves Black suffering should either be swept under the rug, or that we must ‘move on’ from it. We should never acknowledge it. Anniversaries should never be mentioned. Just move on and pretend it never happened.

Any time one attempts to bring up slavery in any kind of discussion we are immediately silenced or disregarded; our tragedies don’t matter, they are dismissed whether it be because it was too long ago [slavery was abolished 150 years ago, but the violence and discrimination along with Jim Crow did not end until the 1970s] or trivialized (deflecting direct responsibility by pointing out that the Africans were selling the slaves to the Europeans, as if that holds any relevance. If not that, but ‘Arabs had African slaves too!’ or ‘Blacks were not the only slaves. White people were slaves too!’ And if not, then of course than ‘well none of you guys are slaves!’)

There is no end to the excuses made. Every time I feel like I’ve heard it all, I learn a new one. There is absolutely no acceptance of wrongdoings. Its not my fault, leave me alone. Stop trying to make me feel “guilty”.

I’ve even read about some disapproving openings of slave museum because it might spark ‘anger’. Why is the history of African enslavement the only event that has ever been censored? I mean its not like this country wasn’t built upon slavery, the free labor of African Americans or anything. But the abundance of Holocaust (an event that did not even occur in the states) museums are okay.

America is such an immature young country. Nobody whines as much as the United States when it comes to facing their own past crimes. In Germany the Nazi flag and salute are banned. You will get arrested. The Confederate flag? Still flying in some places (by the way guys, in case you forgot, you lost).

The fact that the first public apology for slavery did not occur until the late 1990s says it all. This alone makes statements like ‘I’m tired of apologizing for slavery!’ and ‘I’m tired of being punished!’ from White Americans laughable bullshit. You’ve never had to apologize for anything. Not slavery, not Jim Crow, not Tulsa, not Rosewood (an event that was kept secret and not revealed to the public until the 1980s) ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

For all the centuries worth of colonizing, raping, murdering, genocide, self hatred and torture they have done/brought upon other people of the earth, what is this constant ‘punishment’ you keep bringing up? Being made fun of as being bland in comedy stand ups?

What were the repercussions…not being able to freely do those racist things anymore? Not being able to ridicule, harass and/or humiliate black people as openly anymore?

I’d say you guys got off pretty fucking easy.

This has just made me speechless :’(

The fucking truth!!!

Creative look at an alternate history where blacks enslaved whites.

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