The governor of Virginia recently referred to the Africans brought to Virginia as slaves in 1619 as “indentured servants.” There was a big difference between slavery and indentured service, and you can see it in the history of my Duncan ancestors in Virginia.
We see this evil all the time—abuse by powerful people of those who have less power. It happens in places of worship, governments, even families. And it doesn’t even have its own name.
It’s true we can’t change the past. But history changes all the time. And what happened may not be what we think.
Let 'em see you sweat. Better still, let 'em smell you.
This is part three of a series about whether diversity in schools is good for white kids. I spoke mostly with two experts: my kids, who went to public schools with diverse populations, grades 1-12
Is school diversity good for white kids? My white children learned some valuable lessons in public schools with widely diverse students. Their memories are mixed--some treasured, some painful. What they learned is helping them enjoy and prosper in today's United States. Part 2 of a series.
Parents protect their children, always wary in the face of actual danger and possible harm. A major barrier to greater school diversity, to real integration of public schools, has been the fear of white parents that such diversity would harm the education of their children. Does it? Or is it good for them? I consulted a couple of experts: my kids.
Many Americans seem to think that the vicious racism that has stained our history all happened in the South, the states of the old Confederacy. Not so. Not even close.
We find joy and replenishment in solitude, but despair in loneliness, and terror in solitary confinement. What is it about being alone that makes those feelings more intense?
For generations, cities have sprung up where farmers once grew food. Now, in a few places, urban farms are springing up in those cities—growing food on land that’s abandoned or even polluted. Is it a micro-movement, or the start of a wide-reaching change?