Tag Archives: Slavery

‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’

Descendants Read Frederick Douglass’ Speech | NPR This may go against Iowa’s new law against teaching about race. We here at blogforiowa believe our readers are adults and can handle material that reveals truths about slavery. I even invite Kim … Continue reading

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Juneteenth Is A National Holiday

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a law which created Juneteenth (June 19) as a federal holiday. Following are the president’s remarks at the signing ceremony. East Room – 3:51 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, thank … Continue reading

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Slavery And The Costco Halo

On Thursday the Los Angeles Times reported a Costco member sued the retailer on allegations that it knowingly sold frozen prawns that were the product of slave labor. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District … Continue reading

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Iowa Republicans Thumb Their Noses At Iowans

Three fine examples of Republican leaders in Iowa and what they really think of the average Iowan. First is not an elected official, but WHO radio personality Jan Mickelson whose program is essentially Republican propaganda. Second we have a story … Continue reading

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Confederate Flag: Heritage And Hate

Slavery and Jim Crow discrimination cast a long shadow on American society. Racial hatred remains a potent force in our society, as a recent horrific event reminds us. On June 17, a white gunman massacred nine blacks in a Charleston … Continue reading

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Overnight Dispatches

Even if we remove references to the mogul from the feed, Monday was a very busy news day. Word came last night of Herald Smith’s passing. Smith was founder of CRST, Inc., the trucking company he famously started in a … Continue reading

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Overnight Dispatches

Following the news has been like drinking from a fire hose. What the corporate media doles out to us is only a small fraction of the story. Here are some events that happened in the last 12 hours. The Mount … Continue reading

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Seafood For Thought

The silence on the story of human trafficking connected with slavery in the seafood industry is deafening. Margie Mason of the Associated Press reported Tuesday that Indonesian police arrested seven suspects in an ongoing case. “Five Thai boat captains and … Continue reading

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Slaves Produce Seafood For U.S. Market

While Iowans engaged in the NCAA Basketball Tournament another story was being written by Associated Press reporters Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza about food not far from televisions tuned into the games. Following a year-long investigation, AP broke … Continue reading

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Meaning Of July Fourth

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro By Frederick Douglass July 5, 1852 Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were … Continue reading

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