Unfortunately, sexual assault is a common occurrence during wartime, and the American Civil War was no different. Ida B. Wells-Barnett let her prejudices guide her rhetoric, and she declared that such assualts did not occur at all.
Ida B. Wells often put rhetoric before facts, and America - and specifically American women - are paying for it to this day. It is one thing to exaggerate statistics to bolster your cause, but a cause built solely on a foundation of lies is never righteous, and only creates more victims.
Ida B. Wells was a pioneer of the African American civil rights movement. However, her "investigative journalism" built a foundation based on half truths and toxic rhetoric. Our house is divided, white and black communities are at each others throats, and Wells must be made to shoulder some blame.
Ida B. Wells theorized that when white women reported crimes against them, black men got lynched. This theory was long on rhetoric and short on facts. The attack on Lizzie Yeates was neither a pattern nor an anomaly. George Smith's attack on a child, like similar attacks, were ignored by Wells.
For too long, we have embraced and propagated the myth that lynchings were caused by white women falsely accusing black men of raping them. We swallowed the lie that white women accused black men of assaulting them after consensual encounters. It is time, now, to put this lie to an end and unite.
In 1895, the historic yet elusive Jacks Letter was sent to Florence Balgarnie, an anti-lynching activist and radical suffragette. The effect of Jacks' vile insults hurled upon black women was equal to the "shot heard around the world," and mustered the black women's societies in America to unite.
In 1893, Ida B. Wells made her first trip to England, to speak on the horrors of lynching in the United States. She was invited by her friend, Catherine Impey. Her visit, however, was cut short by drama between Impey and another staunch antiracist, Isabella Fyvie Mayo.
The lynching of Thomas Moss, part owner of the People's Grocery of Memphis, Tennessee, is a dark chapter in the history of the city. The murders of three black men were never avenged; the white men who committed this terrible crime were never so much as identified, let alone prosecuted by the law.
Before becoming an activist, Ida B. Wells was a teacher and journalist. She began teaching at the age of 16, when her parents died and she was forced to support her siblings. She wrote her radical ideas under the pen name "Iola," so she would not jeopardize her teaching position.
Seventy two years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus, Ida B. Wells refused to give up her seat on a "white" train car. Not only did she bravely stand her ground on the train, but she took an even braver stand against racism by suing the company.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an influential writer and tireless advocate for African American civil rights after the Civil War. Unfortunately, she built a foundation upon which unity could never be achieved between blacks and whites. It is time now to put old myths to rest and UNITE.
Feminism will only succeed if we stop letting faux radical feminists commandeer the movement.
Engels' personal life and relationships must be considered when examining his political theory on women. Because ... in his personal life, he didn't practice what he preached.
Leftist groups need to focus on the end goal and stop pandering to toxic people who have no interest in anything but being the center of attention ... especially if it's negative attention.
While it is important to raise awareness, not all harassment or crime is created equal. By being melodramatic about small things, we greatly diminish the plight of victims of far more serious crimes.
Catholics shame people about appropriating their culture while ignoring their own genocidal past. Unfortunately, little remains of the ancient Aztec, Mayan or Toltec traditions of Dia de Muertos.
Getting your male coworkers to stop drooling over the receptionist is a good starting point, but it falls short of what needs to be done to truly put an end to sexual harassment, abuse, and assault.
My experience with a Century Link tech destroyed my trust in the company. He was belligerent and threatened me when he came to reconnect my internet after another tech disconnected it from my house.
Colorado Springs Socialists' speeches from two local rallies.
Everett Glenn Miller was a decorated Marine veteran who was deployed a whopping seven times. He also killed two police officers. When will we give our vulnerable veterans the help they really need?
This cemetery near the Supermax Prison in Florence has a long history of serving the local Catholic and Penitente communities. Its many handmade stones reflect the tragic lives of those buried there.
My ancestors - Separatists in the early 1600s - were the New World's first refugees. There are strong parallels between their struggle and the struggle of modern immigrants.
Science could be used to cure all the ills of the world. Too often, however, it is used to fuel the war machine and keep the elites in power.
The media, paid off by corporations, is complicit in the destruction of our environment. If it wasn't so easy to pay off the media, the polluters would not be able to hide their sins from the public.
Speech given at the Anti-Imperialism protest in Colorado Springs on March 26, 2017.
Most protestors never see the inside of a jail cell. However, if your plan is radical civil disobedience, you'll spend less time in jail in the El Paso County CJC by being prepared for your arrest.
Americans want to let off anti-Trump steam; professional activists are phasing themselves out of the new anti-authority movements because of their resistance to new tactics and inability to listen.
Wake me up when you're done talking about the incredibly boring story of Trump banging prostitutes in Moscow.
It seemed innocent enough: The older man/younger woman "forbidden love" story, but now the media refuses to correct its narrative to show Lucas is just a vile predator victimizing a teenage girl.
Vaccines are neither safe nor effective. Keep talking about the autism/immunization link ... they want you to be distracted from the ghoulish origins and (very real) negative side effects of vaccines.
Maybe people were on your side when news of the incident with Amber Heard first broke, but now you just look like a pathetic, bitter, old man who only wants revenge. Like a broke Sweeney Todd.
I'm so pleased that right now, you care whether my family eats. Now you care, after Clinton lost the election ... but where was your concern last year, or the year before, or the year before that?
You'd think it would be easy to tell the difference between an Empath and a Psychopath, but they can have the same reactions in many situations. It is important, then, to understand their motivation.
The Elf on a Shelf : Sadism disguised as Christmas fun. At what point do you hate your kids so much that you think it's okay to psychologically torture them for an entire month?
Hillary supporters clearly don't "get" the latest e-mail scandal; otherwise, they would understand the seriousness of finding more Clinton e-mails on the laptop Huma Abedin shared with her husband.
In Colorado, mediation is an unregulated industry; no certification, training or licensing is required. That sets up victims of domestic violence to be further victimized by their abusers.
Many abusers use money as a weapon against their victims. Their threats keep their victims in the relationship; if the victim summons the courage to leave, the abuser uses money to destroy her life
The middle of nowhere is an unlikely location for a carjacking; in light of recent allegations against Bill Cosby, maybe it's time to revisit the brutal murder of Cosby's only son, Ennis.
Collected at Crawford County Courthouse of Denison, Iowa.
Writing a letter to physicians will do nothing to end the opioid abuse epidemic in this country unless friends and families can communicate with those same physicians about the addicts in their lives.
All of the disagreements over whether vaccines cause autism are distracting from a very real and devastating side effect of vaccinations: Guillain Barre Syndrome. You should be afraid. Part Three.
All of the disagreements over whether vaccines cause autism are distracting from a very real and devastating side effect of vaccinations:Guillain Barre Syndrome. FYI:Doctors don't always know best.
All of the disagreements over whether vaccines cause autism are distracting from a very real and devastating side effect of vaccinations: Guillain Barre Syndrome.
Small town museums are always a crap-shoot; but when you find a gem, like the Wyoming State Penitentiary Museum in Rawlins, you'll be happy you took the time to stop.
Women have good reason to be afraid of Islam, and it's not because of ISIS or terrorism.
What would you do if your mother or daughter, your sister or friend was murdered and the police refused to arrest her killers? For one North Carolina family, that tragedy became reality in 2009.
My mom's best friend died suddenly last year. She left behind many valuable possessions, but none so precious as her childhood doll.
Call up Skynet and tell them we don't care anymore. Our only concern now is maintaining a corrupt System that has essentially erased any hint of - and will continue to smother to death - humanity.
Legal Aid is nothing more than a facade meant to waste the time of poor people in need of quality legal advice. It victimizes more people than it helps by building up hope, then cruelly shatters it.
It took decades to dispel the myth of the perfect TV father; but many men would rather we return to the lie rather than address the continued shortcomings of their gender as parents.
The speed with which the photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton (dressed as a farmer and blackface) was discredited implies hush money was applied to make a case of real - not mistaken - identity go away.
Brock Turner just proved that any man could rape a woman if given the opportunity. The only worse thing was the letter from his father; Jeffrey Dahmer's father would never have written that letter.
Your first trip to the El Paso County CJC can be not only unpleasant, but also pretty intimidating. Here are a few guidelines to follow, and what to expect when you get there.
Imagine growing up in a town so poisonous - so radioactive - that the Environmental Protection Agency had to destroy it. That is exactly what the EPA did to my friend's childhood home in New Mexico.
Men's Rights groups want you to believe that women are abusing their significant others in ever-increasing frequency. But being afraid of going to jail for self-defense is not the same as abuse.
Wicca or Asatru, La Santisima Muerte or Voodoo? There are many spiritual paths you can follow, and all of them are very different from one another. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Boomers sneer down their noses at "lazy Millennials" while counting the fruits of of their labors: AIDS, rampant drug addiction, American families in ruin and total destruction of the US economy.
There's a point when it becomes clear that the accusations and sabotage are a way to keep you under their control, a way to keep you from being able to leave.
Who cares if all the chickens go into the same roaster on the same day? People on food assistance haven't done anything to *deserve the hot chicken ... or a hot slice of pizza, or a hot side dish.
Taking great photos that people notice has more to do with attitude and being in the right place at the right time than having the best equipment.
How dare you belittle a victim of domestic violence, Jerri. You do not deserve the title of "Judge," and I hope the citizens of Seminole County remove you from office at the next election.
These houses may look like science fiction, but they are some of the most practical and Earth-friendly structures around. Plus, each Earthship has the potential to be entirely self-sufficient.
Disabilities are never an excuse for aggressive or inappropriate behavior. If a child is unable to refrain from hurting others, then that child must never be allowed outside without supervision.
Palmer HS and Colorado Springs choose not to deal with the ridiculous parking and pick-up situation around the campus, instead waiting for a child to be injured or killed before enacting change.
A complete list of internments at the Valley View Cemetery, located near Dunlap, Iowa. Thanks to Ken Dunham for the list, and for all the work he and his family do at Valley View.
When you start blathering on about illegals, I start thinking of every time my family had to watch your ancestors assimilate to their new "American" way of life.
If you're strong enough to have a career, you're strong enough to use proactive birth control methods. You should also be strong enough to tell a man to use a condom, even in the heat of the moment.
A complete list of internments at the Valley View Cemetery, located near Dunlap, Iowa. Thanks to Ken Dunham for the list, and for all the work he and his family do at Valley View.
Visiting Nicodemus National Historic Site gives you a better understanding of the challenges faced by those black settlers fleeing the hardships of life after the American Civil War.
A memoir recounting the crazy ride of the Wild West Days of 1990s Russia, where expatriate life was all sex, drugs and cash. But some of us experienced the realities of life after the Soviet Union.
White Privilege may exist for some, but countless other disadvantaged whites don't know the "rules of the game," either.
Instead of mustering righteous indignation that someone has yardage flying on a pole next to their house, use your anger to fight the rampant slavery that exists today, and is perhaps worse than ever.
Leaving an abuser may make a victim's life better in some ways, but for many, life will simply be different, not necessarily better. Be prepared to watch them struggle after they leave.
Whether your leg was just chopped off, your entire rural town was swallowed by a massive tornado, or ... Hurricane Katrina, you're "just making excuses" if you don't get right back up on your feet.
No amount of wanting this dog to be happy is going to make her happy.
Now that tattoos are becoming more mainstream, many tattoo artists are launching a campaign to keep people they deem unworthy out of the "club."
Update: Glamour names Caitlyn Jenner "Woman of the Year!" They get all the advantages, including a major sympathy card; and if life gets too hard, they can always pull that escape cord.
I don't think your daughter, Izabel, committed suicide because of the video you recorded. I think your cutting off her beautiful hair contributed to her committing suicide.
You would think that when people reach a certain age, they would be immune to the charms of romantic charlatans. The reality is, seniors are the most vulnerable.
No, driving a hearse doesn't mean I'm contemplating suicide and if I'm parked at the 7/11, there's probably not a body in the back.
I'm so proud of my daughters' generation for being so accepting, but they got this one wrong. Caitlyn Jenner is the worst representative for transgender rights and should step out of the spotlight.
My husband had a drug addiction the entire time he worked in your lab. Ask me if I'm surprised that the Dugway Proving Ground "accidentally" sent out all those shipments of anthrax. No, no. Ask me.
There is nothing more magical than discovering a house that people just walked away from, forgotten with time.
I was so honored to restore the heads for my grandmother's life-sized wax Nativity Scene. Here is the process I used to redo the life-sized wax heads.
Once you've lived through a spouse's or significant other's drug abuse or alcoholism, infidelity seems like child's play. And they will do anything to make sure they don't ever lose her.
People often don't understand the tremendous personal sacrifices business professionals make to ensure success in their careers.
We're taught to think of victims of domestic violence as uneducated, weak and unable to thrive on their own. This lulls smart, educated women into thinking they're immune to abusive relationships.
Forget tubby bellies, nail biting or the pathological need to back your monster truck into that compact car space. The internet has turned middle-aged men into creeps we don't want to date.
Forget tubby bellies, nail biting and the pathological need to back your monster truck into that compact car space. How you act with your kids may eternally guarantee your place in "friend zone."
Our communities couldn't survive without stay-at-home parents and retirees. So why do we so undervalue their contributions to society?
One person can make a difference; this kindergarten teacher proved that a little creativity and heart can make the world a better place, and that individuals can improve the lives of many.
And if you don't know my story, you should keep your judgement to yourself.
My grandmother was so touched by this little girl's suffering, she became a foster parent.
I was truly amazed at how many men hit on me just because I mentioned my friend was in jail. It worked even better than, "I have a vagina."
Is the United States creating a system that imprisons people for life, even after they serve their prison sentence?
For too long we have subscribed to Darwin's deeply flawed Theory of Evolution, so much so that it has become akin to religious dogma. To discover our origins, we need to start over from scratch.
Remember Will Smith dragging the dead alien across a barren wasteland in Independence Day? Well, the Utah Salt Flats are just as cool in person, even without the dead alien.
Colorado's beautiful scenery and world-class skiing make it a popular destination for tourists from around the globe; although these sites may be off the beaten path, they are well worth the effort.
The average taxpayer contributes $36 per year into the food stamp program. That doesn't buy you the right to harass other shoppers because their appearance makes you think they receive SNAP benefits.
Dave Ramsey's simple plan to save money and pay down debt contributes to the tension between the "haves" and food assistance recipients.