The South Doesn’t Own Slavery

Historian Tiya Miles reminds us “Our history of human bondage and white supremacy is not restricted to the South . . . . It penetrated every corner of this country, materially, economically and ideologically, and the unjust campaign to preserve it is embedded in our built environments.”  She reports examples of slaveholding from Detroit history, and warns that “[t]he embedded racism of our streetscapes and landscapes is made perhaps more dangerous because we cannot see it upon a first glance. . . . Collectively determining what we valorize in the public square is the  responsibility of the people who live in these stained places now.”  Read her op ed piece by clicking here.

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