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Smithsonian Curator Weighs in on Cleveland Indians’ Decision to Retire ‘Racist’ Logo

Paul Chaat Smith, one of the curators of “Americans,” a new exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is unambiguous in his thoughts about Chief Wahoo, the symbol which, it was recently announced, will be removed from the Cleveland Indians baseball…

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Inside America’s Auschwitz: Louisiana’s Whitney Plantation Slavery Museum

Jared Keller’s article in the Smithsonian describes Louisiana’s Whitney Plantation which opened to the public after years of careful restoration in December 2014 as the country’s first slave museum,

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Mapping the History of Racial Terror

In his Smithsonian article, Danny Lewis includes an interactive map that “provides a detailed look at almost every documented lynching between the 1830s and 1960s. The map is part of a website created by a group called Monroe Work Today,…

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National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.) Opens September 24, 2016

In anticipation of the opening of the NMAAHC on Saturday, the New York Times produced a special section “I, Too, Sing America” (Thursday, September 22, 2016) including a description of the building, and interview with the architect, David Adjaye, and…

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Five on the Black Hand Side: Origins and Evolutions of the Dap

Did you know that the dap, the fist bump, is an acronym for “dignity and pride?”  This article describes the evolution of the gesture and the consequences for Black Vietnam Soldiers using it.  Another example of how a symbol of…

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