slavery

Op-Ed

Netflix's 'Siempre Bruja' Is a Tone Deaf Erasure of Slavery's Trauma

A prime example of problematic Afro-Latinx narratives, this series finds a slave witch traveling through time to save her lover, the son of her master.
Joelle Monique
2.15.19
Black Power Naps

Reparations for Black People Should Include Rest

Just as sleep deprivation was used as a means to control slaves, the modern-day "sleep gap" weighs down many Black people today.
Janine Francois
1.8.19
Black Power Naps

These Artists Want Black People to Sleep

In "Black Power Naps," Afro-Latinx artists Fannie Sosa and niv Acosta create a series of "devices" that invite Black people to rest and heal. Broadly has partnered with the artists on a magazine about sleep equity, rejuvenation, and resilience.
Sarah Burke
1.7.19
midterms

Slavery as Punishment Just Became Illegal in Colorado

An 1897 constitutional provision allowed incarcerated people in Colorado to work for no pay. Amendment A, voted into law on Tuesday, officially abolished slavery as punishment for crimes in the state.
Leila Ettachfini
11.7.18
history

NYC Will Move—But Not Remove—Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Slaves

The statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims will be relocated from Central Park in Manhattan to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Some advocates say the decision is a "slap in the face."
Kimberly Lawson
4.16.18
black history

The Woman Who Escaped Enslavement By George Washington

Despite the first president's relentless attempts to capture Oney Judge, she always managed to evade him.
Lakshmi Gandhi
2.8.18
human trafficking

Inside an Immersive Theater Project Confronting Sex Trafficking in Suburbia

I visited a human trafficking "horror house" in Georgia that aims to shed light on the often-overlooked issue.
Kimberly Lawson
1.31.18
politics

The Refugee Whose Husband Sold Her Into Sex Slavery

Abeer and her husband left Syria to seek refuge in Lebanon. When they ran out of money, he sold her to his friends—and then forced her to sell herself on the streets.
Samira Shackle
11.22.17
history

The Food Festival Showing How Slaves Built American Cuisine

The annual Heritage Harvest Food Festival is hosted at Thomas Jefferson's slave plantation Monticello. This year, its founders and participants are making a concerted effort to reckon with the site's past.
Mitchell Sunderland
9.7.17
RACISM

Cries Intensify to Remove Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Female Slaves

In the US, there are still three public memorials to Dr. J. Marion Sims, a doctor known for performing experimental surgeries on black women without anesthesia or consent during the 19th century.
Kimberly Lawson
8.22.17
politics

The Indian Human Rights Lawyer Rescuing Slaves From a Lifetime of Torture

Anu George Canjanathoppil has received death threats for her work at an anti-human trafficking organization. But she says that it's worth it to rescue people from decades of enslavement.
Emily Korstanje
3.8.16