And Speaking of Reading

February 26, 2017

A Bill to Prevent All Persons from Teaching Slaves to Read or Write, the Use of Figures Excepted (1830)

Legislative Papers, 1830–31 Session of the General Assembly of North Carolina.


Whereas the teaching of slaves to read and write has a tendency to excite dissatisfaction in their minds and to produce insurrection and rebellion to the manifest injury of the citizens of this state: Therefore

Be it enacted by the General Asembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that any free person who shall hereafter teach or attempt to teach any slave within this State to read or write, the use of figures excepted, Shall be liable to indictment in any court of record in the State having jurisdiction thereof, and upon conviction shall at the discretion of the court if a white man or woman be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned and if a free person of colour shall be whipped at the discretion of the court not exceeding thirty nine lashes nor less than twenty lashes.

Be it further enacted that if any slave shall hereafter teach or attempt to teach any other slave to read or write the use of figures excepted, he or she may be carried before any justice of the peace and on conviction thereof shall be sentenced to receive thirty nine lashes on his or her bare back.


February 24, 2017

The Poets!

February 24, 2017…/

Kevin Coval, Poet

February 24, 2017

Remembering Malcolm on the Anniversary of his Murder

February 23, 2017

Kent State Book Talk Friday

February 23, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos

February 21, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos, bomb throwing Breitbart News editor, was disinvited by the Conservative Political Action Conference for comments condoning pedophilia. Simon and Schuster immediately cancelled his lucrative book deal. At last we’ve found the limit of what the Right will tolerate and accept in their Big White Tent. White nationalism, Islamaphobia, anti-Black hatred, anti-Semitism, male supremacy, anti-immigrant policies, attacks on transgendered people—none of these were a bridge too far for CPAC or S and S or the dozens of college Republican clubs who invited him. “Free Speech!” they cried. “We’re not politically correct!” they chanted. But now it’s become clear that free speech was just a convenient smokescreen for the neofascist, “alt-right” forces. White supremacy and nationalism is the glue that holds it all together. And that’s what we reject and fight.