At last week's Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama addressed the history of the White House stating, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”
Several commentators took issue with the statement and some even rebutted that those who built the White House were “treated well.” Conversation about the reality and misconceptions of slavery has since ensued.
Join the conversation at this free event: Why do we have difficulty addressing history? Why are there so many misconceptions about slavery? How can we best understand history and its connections to present injustices?
Chekc out these articles below for background reading:
Michelle Obama’s Speech and the powerful realities of American Slavery
Kirt von Daacke, July 28, 2016, NBC BLK
What Bill O’Reilly doesn’t understand about slavery
Rebecca Onion, July 28, 2016, Slate
Teaching slavery to reluctant listeners
Edward Baptist, September 11, 2015, The New York Times
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