#blacklivesmatter racism is a human problem

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  • 02 Arena last night

    Food/beverages/service - 1/5
    Chris Rock - 2/5
    David Chappelle - 3/5
    Getting home - 0/5

  • Interesting take from a military historian about how the south’s participation in the civil war is perceived, and why so many us army bases are named after southern generals/soldiers.


  • Another notable recent death, her son wrote this yesterday

    “Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall (June 27th, 1929 - August, 29th, 2022) was active at every level in the Civil Rights movement. She did amazing work in Digital humanities uncovering the lost lives of 107,000 slaves.

    Dr Hall was a renowned historian of African culture and contributions throughout the Americas. Dr. Hall's book, Africans in Colonial Louisiana, is considered the seminal book of Afro-Creole history and has received numerous awards.

    Perhaps Dr. Hall's most monumental work is her contributions to the field of African American genealogy. Hall built the Louisiana Slave Database composed of 107,000 entries documenting the people enslaved in Louisiana from 1719 with the arrival of the first slave ship directly from Africa to 1820 when the domestic slave trade from the East Coast became the almost exclusive supplier of slave labor to the Lower South. Hall found the names of the enslaved people in official documents located in parish courthouses, the notarial archives, the Old US Mint, the public library in New Orleans, the state archives in Baton Rouge and university special collections.

    Beyond plantation inventories and criminal cases, Hall also identified enslaved people in wills, marriage contracts, leases, seizures for debt, mortgages of slaves, and reports of deaths. Whitney Plantation's Alles Gwendolyn Hall is named in her honor and contains the 107,000 entries found in her database. The database has helped thousands of African Americans find ancestors, connect families, and trace cultural roots.”

    The Whitney Plantation is well worth a visit if you’re ever in Louisiana.

  • An interesting couple of days

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  • Building a diverse profession is not the same as building an inclusive one. We must all do more to create inclusivity and become better allies - Muyiwa Oki, RIBA President 2022

    Today should have been Stephen Lawrence’s 48th birthday.

  • Another story that went under the radar.

  • Really interesting article about the practice of west African babies being fostered in the uk by white families.
    Writer has a book about it coming out.
    Lots of unintentional consequences all around in this situation.


  • This story reminds me of a situation I found myself in. I was fostered in 1975 by a white working class family with two boys. I was in the middle age wise. Older was 15, younger was 5, me aged 7. Our mum was on speed dial with short term fostering. One day a beautiful baby girl, I think she was about 18 months turns up called Mdupi. She was only with us for a couple of months. But me and little bruv feed, played, changed nappies and paraded Mdupi everywhere.. she was such a bundle of joy. When Mdupi’s birth mum collected her (after serious operation then convalescence) was so impressed with how our mum took care of her precious little girl.. I hope Mdupi is living her best life, she probably doesn’t remember us, but we never forgot her.


  • Great long read, thanks for the link. Some resonance even for those of us with much less traumatic upbringing arrangements. The Last Tree has been on my watch list for ages, reminder to see it.

  • Interesting read. My gran fostered over 30 children including some African children short term when I was around 2 years old. I hadn't understood the background as generally she was working with the Church of England. She also adopted 4 girls who became my Aunts, 2 of them are black and didn't have contact with their birth parents although they were based in the UK.

    I have a lot of contradictory thoughts and feelings about the whole situation, the effect it had on my adopted Aunts, my Mum, me and my family but there's no way I could hope to unpick it. My Gran started adoption initially to be able to keep a roof over the heads of her own family after her husband died in WWII. She fostered children with different needs and backgrounds over time.

    I have been very lucky by comparison with their lives.

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#blacklivesmatter racism is a human problem

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