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Zora Neale Hurston ‘Barracoon’ Excerpt

In 1931, Zora Neale Hurston sought to publish the story of Cudjo Lewis, the final slave-ship survivor. Instead it languished in a vault. Until now. Their Eyes Were Watching God is required reading in high schools and colleges and cited as a formative influence by Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. It’s …

Promises unmet as Thailand tries to reform shrimp industry

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Facing international pressure for failing to stop human trafficking in its seafood sector, Thailand promised almost a year ago to compensate victims of slavery and industry leaders vowed to bring all shrimp processing in-house. That hasn’t always happened. Instead, some formerly enslaved shrimp peelers have …

Ending slavery in Thailand needs local solution and unions, activist says | Reuters

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The fight against slavery in Thailand’s multibillion-dollar seafood industry will fail unless solutions are “localized” and workers are granted the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining, a prominent British activist said. Thailand’s reputation has suffered in recent years after numerous investigations by news …

Not All Racist Monuments Should Be Torn Down | New Republic

Preserving them risks legitimizing white supremacy, but removing them risks erasing our mistakes. Here’s a third way. On February 22, 1884, thousands of citizens as well as distinguished guests—senators, Supreme Court justices, French and German consuls—attended the unveiling of the monument of Robert E. Lee in New Orleans. Mayor William …

Unearthing of Rio slave port sparks debate over black space

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The first few times American landscape architect Sara Zewde visited Rio de Janeiro’s Valongo Wharf, she struggled to comprehend the recently unearthed remnants of what was once among the biggest slave ports in the world. Excavated starting in 2011, the site is largely inscrutable, even …