That’s always been the most dangerous thing, right? That’s why it was illegal for us to learn to read and write. States particularly tightened the education noose on Blacks after Nat Turner’s Rebellion, out of fear. Even states like Mississippi, which had already had law forbidding slave education, passed a law that required all free Blacks to leave the state, in fear that the free Blacks would teach/incite the slaves.
Whites feared that if their slaves learned to read and write, that they would no longer listen to what they say. They also didn’t want the Black slaves to ever get the right to vote.
However, as we all know, Blacks did gain literacy from a variety of ways, many in secret. It was impossible to keep Blacks from literacy. First, with the comings and goings of slaves on plantations, there was bound to be a few literate slaves on each plantations, particularly big ones. Those literate slaves would often teach the other slaves how to read and write. Also, many teachers began secret schools that taught slaves how to read and write. All of this was, of course, extremely dangerous.
And, if you know your history, you’ll know that the status quo to keep Black people uneducated never changed (and if you don’t know. ask yourself this.. when would that status quo have changed?)
(via Education of the Slaves)
Public broadcasting is amazing
Alright Romney, I was beyond angry about everything else, and already not going to vote for you, but you did not just say you were going to ‘kill’ Grover. You. did. Not. Just. Go. There.
BRB, going to amass every other voters’ inner child for a mob of epic REALLY not voting for you proportions.
wow and I thought he was a douchenozzle before, but this really takes the cake
D:< NO.NONONO.NONONONONO. YOU WILL NOT STEAL ELMO FROM MY BABY COUSIN.
Fuck you with a wooden-handled rake, Mittens.
Wooden-handled rake…I like that.
But seriously, how much does it really cost to run Public Broadcasting?
Public Broadcasting received $420 million in 2010 from the federal government, making it roughly one one-hundredth of one percent, of the overall budget. By way of contrast, in 2011 it cost $412 million for a single F22 Raptor airplane.
When you look at the the Pentagon budget, the cost of Public Broadcasting could be lost in a minor bookkeeping error.
How do you hope to spend your 20th anniversary on Oct. 3?The President: Well, I don’t think we can get too wild because our 20th anniversary is a month before the election.
Mrs. Obama: Do you want me to dream? Okay. I’d want to retrace our honeymoon. We started in San Francisco and spent a week driving through some of the prettiest-
The President: Napa and Big Sur and Carmel-
Mrs. Obama: We would stop, go to a nice dinner. I really loved that trip.
And reality check: Since California’s not a swing state, what do you think you’re really going to get?The President: We will get dinner.
Mrs. Obama: That would be heaven. If we’re in the same place. Hear that, schedulers, Oct. 3!
because you can’t not reblog your president silently jamming out
throne of lies!