January 20th 2015. Our stories include;
• The Delaware House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Thursday a resolution apologizing for the state's role in slavery. The resolution "acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow," and "apologize, on behalf of the people of Delaware, for the State's role in slavery and the wrongs committed against African-Americans and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow." Notice how everything is presented as past tense. Tonight we offer a response from the abolitionists.
• Last year author Rick McDaniel posted a blog about his first experience to seeing the 13th amendment exception clause. Thanks to Scotty Reid I was able to read it and what I found was troubling. I’ll share it with you in a few.
• The world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in print and digital educational materials for pre-K to grade 12 came under fire recently for the children’s book titled “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” which was released on January 5, 2016 after it was criticized for being “highly problematic”. We’ll tell you why it was problematic, who made it and what the final outcome of this books shelf life became.
• On the heels of an I-Team report last week, the head of law enforcement in North Carolina was sharply critical of a program incentivizing parole officers to put offenders back in jail using what's referred to as "quick dip confinement." To put it bluntly. They offered a pizza party to whichever officer could send the most people back to jail for probation violation. Yea… its sick.
• If we have time we want to tell you how Flint is still pumping poisoned water into their jails and also about The US Supreme Court decision which rejected a bid by three of the world’s biggest food producers to throw out a lawsuit holding them accountable in a landmark child slavery case.
• I’m still severely hampered with internet connection so please bear with us as we temporarily postpone tonight’s America Is #Ferguson report.
• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Kash Delano Register, who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School cast doubt on the testimony of a key prosecution witness. Register, who has always maintained his innocence, spent 34 years in custody after being convicted of the 1979 armed robbery and murder of Jack Sasson, 78.
• Our Abolitionist in profile tonight is Abolitionist, Poet and orator Frances E.W. Harper, (1825–1911).