History of slavery
The Massachusetts senator said the country needs to talk about the injustices of American slavery and "address it head on."
States are trying to capitalize on the 50th anniversaries of many civil rights milestones.
A year after the Unite the Right rally left one dead and dozens injured, Charlottesville still struggles to define itself.
The resolution denounced the city's history of slavery and proposed an office for racial reconciliation.
Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.
This was the religion of many slaves brought from West Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean. Vodun was brutally repressed by slave-owners, yet its powerful beats, ethics and aesthetics endured. We owe our concepts of cool, soul and rock and roll to it.
"Wolf had seven wives. One was named Helen. She shot him with a double barrel shotgun with buckshot. Out the second floor window. This woman, oh man, he wrote that song about her!"
Slavery's depravity is so obvious to us today that it obscures the collective mental conversion required to achieve this bit of moral clarity. And religion is often cast an impediment to slavery's stigmatization.