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Slavery

"I wanted people to know the date 1619 and to contemplate what it means that slavery predates nearly every other institution in the United States."    - Nikole Hannah-Jones ; The 1619 Project (p. xxii)


"Over the course of the [Revolutionary] war, thousands of enslaved people would join the British—far outnumbering those who joined the Patriot cause."    - Nikole Hannah-Jones ; The 1619 Project (p. 13)


"And yet none of this is part of our founding mythology, which conveniently omits the fact that one of the primary reasons some of the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery."    - Nikole Hannah-Jones ; The 1619 Project (p. 16)


“'Conveniently left out of our founding mythology,' that paragraph began, 'is the fact that one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.'”    - Nikole Hannah-Jones ; The 1619 Project (p. xxv)


"African people had lived here, on the land that in 1776 would form the United States, since the White Lion dropped anchor in the year 1619. They’d arrived one year before the iconic ship carrying the English people who got the credit for building it all. Why hadn’t any teacher or textbook, in telling the story of Jamestown, taught us the story of 1619? No history can ever be complete, of course. Millions of moments, thousands of dates weave the tapestry of a country’s past. But I knew immediately, viscerally, that this was not an innocuous omission. The year white Virginians first purchased enslaved Africans, the start of American slavery, an institution so influential and corrosive that it both helped create the nation and nearly led to its demise, is indisputably a foundational historical date. And yet I’d never heard of it before."    - Nikole Hannah-Jones ; The 1619 Project (p. xix)


"Slavery would be banished from view or seen as a mistake instead of a defining institution of systemic cruelty in pursuit of profit. That history would fortify our national identity, and any attempt to confront the lie itself would be sabotaged by the fear that we may not be who we say we are. For white people in this country, 'America' is an identity worth protecting at any cost."    - Eddie S. Glaude Jr. ; Begin Again


"The white Christ is, thus, predicated upon an understanding of Jesus that disregards what he did do—that is, minister to the poor and oppressed—yet accents what he did not—that is, speak directly against slavery."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 38)


"The people who settled the country had a fatal flaw. They could recognize a man when they saw one. They knew he wasn’t…anything else but a man; but since they were Christian, and since they had already decided that they came here to establish a free country, the only way to justify the role this chattel was playing in one’s life was to say that he was not a man. For if he wasn’t, then no crime had been committed. That lie is the basis of our present trouble."    - James Baldwin ; The White Problem, Quoted in Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.


“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed."    - Torah Redactors ; Exodus 23.12


"I had crossed de line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but dere was no one to welcome me to de land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land, and my home after all was down in de old cabin quarter, wid de ole folks, and my brudders and sisters. But to dis solemn resolution I came; I was free, and dey should be free also; I would make a home for dem in de North, and de Lord helping me, I would bring dem all dere. Oh, how I prayed den, lying all alone on de cold, damp ground; 'Oh, dear Lord,' I said, 'I haint got no friend but you. Come to my help, Lord, for I'm in trouble!'"    - Harriet Tubman ; Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)


"The parable's harvest thus symbolically represents a dramatic shattering of the vassal relationship between peasant and landlord. With such surplus, the farmer could not only eat and pay his rent, tithes, and debts, but indeed even purchase the land, and thus end his servitude forever."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Liberation in the Hagar stories is not given by God; it finds its source in human initiative."    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


"Hagar becomes the first female in the Bible to liberate herself from oppressive power structures."    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


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