March 24, 2011 |
Leonard Weaver realized pretty quickly after his Comcast SportsNet interview aired Tuesday that fans weren't getting the message he had intended to send. In referencing and agreeing with the statement of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson that owners looked at the locked-out players as "slaves," Weaver set off a backlash that flooded his Twitter account. Yesterday, after apologizing via Twitter, the Eagles fullback made the media rounds, trying to explain himself. Weaver said he wanted to draw a parallel between workers who feel powerless when treated arbitrarily and NFL players, whose huge salaries might make them seem immune to such treatment.
December 12, 2010 |
After more than eight years of street demonstrations, arguments, haggling, and missed deadlines; after unprecedented public debate about the impact of slavery on life in Philadelphia and the United States and on the life and moral character of George Washington; after thousands of news articles, feature stories, and TV and radio programs, the site marking the intertwined lives of presidents and slaves is set to open to the public with a simple ribbon-cutting at...
November 9, 2010 |
I CAN BARELY listen to tales like those that Karen Fitchett tells of the horrors of the sex trade - the sexual enslavement of girls and women - in Mumbai, India. But if Fitchett is strong enough not to look away from a human-rights atrocity that needs international exposure, the least I can do is let her speak in this column. Fitchett, 48, is founder of the new, Philly-based U.S. chapter of Bombay Teen Challenge, an Indian charity that attempts, among other things, to rescue young prostitutes and their kids from misery in Mumbai.
October 10, 2010
A Journey Through Ancient Italy By Peter Stothard Overlook. 353 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by Frank Wilson Most Americans, if they think of Spartacus at all, remember him as the hero of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 epic film, starring Kirk Douglas as the leader of a major slave revolt against the Roman Republic that took place between 73 and 71 B.C. The Spartacus Road is the route along which the slaves fought their masters. It stretches through 2,000 miles of Italian countryside, from the Alps to Sicily.
September 27, 2010 |
Every time Megan Hyman, 35, of Kennett Square, drives past D&B Hair Cuttery, her 2-year-old son exclaims, "Look, Ma!" What caught young Matthew's eye is a nearly finished mural that covers the side wall of the two-story downtown barbershop. The dominant image is of Harriet Tubman, a heroine of the Underground Railroad, in a setting that also celebrates the borough's role in the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s. The force behind the painting is Darryl Hall, 55, the owner of the shop at 120 S. Willow St. "What's it for?"
July 18, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr. is a Miami Herald columnist An open letter to 24th-century historians: I've left this note for you as a public service. Three hundred years from now, when you study the things that dominated American thought in the summer of 2010, I suspect one pressing question will rise above all others: Who the heck was LeBron James? I'm here to answer that for you, but first, let me say how very cool it is ( cool was a slang term we used to indicate that a thing was good)
July 13, 2010
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS owner Dan Gilbert responded to Rev. Jesse Jackson's criticism of him yesterday. Gilbert, you'll remember, posted an open letter to fans on the team website in which he ripped LeBron James for leaving the Cavs and signing with the Miami Heat. He even went so far as to call James' decision to leave a "cowardly betrayal. " That was on Thursday night. On Sunday, Jackson got into the act, saying Gilbert's comments "personify a slave-master mentality. " Jackson also said Gilbert treated James as a "runaway slave" and that Gilbert's comments put James in danger.
July 1, 2010 |
It was a long journey from the steppes of Ukraine, through the heat of Mexico, and then to the tough streets of Philadelphia. The migrants were hoping for a better life with a job promising $500 a month cleaning stores. Instead, U.S. authorities said, they were beaten, kicked, threatened, and held in virtual bondage by their countrymen. In an act of brutal intimidation, a woman was repeatedly raped, U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said Wednesday as he announced a racketeering indictment against five Ukrainian brothers on charges that they staffed their cleaning business with illegal workers kept in "involuntary servitude.
May 22, 2010 |
About 50 people gathered under the hot sun at Independence Mall on Friday to remember and acknowledge an unusual event - the successful escape of an enslaved African woman from the household of the first president of the United States. "Today, we are here to celebrate the brave and daring escape of Oney Judge," lawyer Michael Coard said through a bullhorn while supporters and onlookers gathered near the corner of Sixth and Market Streets. "It's important that the story of our enslaved ancestors be told.