Our culture likes to bathe in “I have a dream,” and ignore the radical side of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Much of what we think of Martin Luther King, Jr. today has been filtered through a lens that minimizes his work as a social activist. We see Martin Luther King…

The story of Harry Washington is one that reveals much about how our nation’s history is told.

You mean you haven’t heard of Harry Washington?

Well, sit back. It’s a wild ride.

Harry Washington was born in West Africa around 1740. He was captured in his early 20s, placed in…

If you went to the Bronx Zoo in 1906, you undoubtedly would have found yourself at the exhibit of Ota Benga, a man kidnapped from his home in Africa and displayed in a cage along with an orangutan. People threw him food, taunted him; applauded when he did something they…

History, as is taught in our country, lionizes and mythologizes Robert E. Lee. Even as a high school student in the North in the 80s, I was not immune to this. I remember being told three things about Robert E. Lee:

1) He hated slavery and had freed his slaves…

The unpleasant aspects of our history are often told through purposeful obfuscation. Consequently, what people in this country think they know about race and slavery, in particular, are viewed through minimalization, carefully selected words that obscure the actual history, and purposeful omission of events and people.

A friend recently turned…

This picture from AP photographer Julio Cortez sums everything up with where we are as a people. The upside-down flag has historically been used to signal “distress.” And “distress” may not be a word strong enough.

For those people clutching their pearls over the destruction of property and using epitaphs…

Bruce Janu

Educator. Historian. Filmmaker. http://www.bellbookcamera.com

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