Cambridge University’s “first” Black Student

This is the story of an American, a black American who attended Cambridge University before the end of slavery in the United States.

What is interesting here is the phrase “first recorded black student”. It appears there were other black students at the University before Crummell, who were conveniently “forgotten” in the books. Considering that there is recent evidence of black folks being in England as early as the 13th Century, that is an interesting point to explore.

Cambridge University’s ‘first’ black student pioneer

Alexander CrummellThe story of Cambridge University’s first officially recorded black student is being told as part of the university’s Festival of Ideas.

Alexander Crummell was an American minister and the son of a freed slave who studied at Queens’ College, Cambridge, in the late 1840s.

While it appears he was not the first black student at Cambridge, he is the first for whom official records exist.

Cambridge lecturer Sarah Meek said he was seen as an “object of curiosity”.

She continued: “One of his servants, when she was dismissed by his wife Sarah, called the Crummells ‘black devils’, so they were obviously not immune to the kind of prejudice we might imagine.”

But at the same time he was a mature student who “was a respected, grown-up figure”.

During his university vacations he toured the country delivering anti-slavery lectures, and as a minister gave sermons in local churches.

Slavery had been abolished on British soil in the early 1800s, and in British colonies in the 1830s.

The anti-slavery campaigners Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce were both Cambridge graduates and the university was seen as an important centre for the abolitionist movement.

Writing in 1847 Crummell said: “Perhaps no seat of learning in the world… has done more for human liberty and human well-being than this institution.”

Crummell grew up in New York. His father was a freed slave and his mother a free-born woman from Long Island.

He attended one of the African Free Schools set up by New York abolitionists to educate the children of freed slaves.

But while slavery had been abolished in the northern United States, prejudice continued.

When Crummell and two of his New York classmates were awarded places at a secondary school in New Hampshire, they were driven away by an outraged local community.

Alexander CrummellHe continued his studies in New York, and was eventually ordained in the Episcopal church, which is connected with the Church of England.

It was this membership of the Episcopal church which would later allow him to study at Cambridge. If he had been a Methodist or Presbyterian, Jewish or Roman Catholic, he would not have been able to take up a place at Cambridge until 1871.

After graduating Crummell spent 20 years in the freed slave colony of Liberia before returning to New York.

Dr Meek said: “Back in the United States he was a leader and writer who influenced many subsequent writers.”

Modern Slavery Ring Busted in England

What is amazing is the perpetrators of this one got away with it for years despite 28 former captives coming forward to alert the authorities…

Slaves held for 15 years in kennels and horse boxes

Four men and a woman were being questioned by detectives today after 24 slaves were discovered living in dog kennels, sheds and horse boxes in one of the worst cases of modern day slavery ever discovered.

More than 200 officers swooped on the Greenacres travellers’ site in Leighton Buzzard during the early hours of yesterday morning and found the large group of men living in squalid conditions.

The raid was launched as part of a long-running investigation by Bedfordshire Police which suggested the men were being held against their will in poor conditions at the site, and forced to work for no pay. Continue reading

Ghadaffi Compares Self to Queen, Blames Bin Lauden, is Granted Asylum in Arizona…

Libyan, (hopefully) soon to be ex-Dictator today compared himself to the Queen of England!

‘I’m like the Queen of England,’ Gaddafi rants as rebels close on his bunker

Just so my English frinds don’t think we are all “confused” here in America – here is a pic of the Queen and Muhammar…

Hate to break this on you Muhammar... But the Queen's Dress is much prettier than yours! And her hat is stunning, unlike whatever that is you got wrapped around your head masquerading as one of those Russian hats with the pull down ear flaps...

And another thing… Does the Sammie Davis Estate know you stole his glasses from his 1960’s Vegas “Rat Pack” Collection?

Sammy Davis With "Vegas" Glasses

Now – as to Osama Bin Lauden causing all the recent troubles in Libya… I’m not sure he’s after the whole country…

Bin Lauden's New Bodyguard?

In any event, if you will leave the country in the next 48 Hours I beleive we have set up the perfect place for you to hide ou… errrrrr… seek asylum!

The climate is perfect, and similar to North Africa. And just the friendliest folks you’ve ever met – with a small “immigration problem”!

I know! I know! You’ve never had an immigration problem in the 30 years you’ve ruled Libya. But Arizona is just perfect! We’ve enrolled you in the Tea Party, which has really been searching for an experienced dictator – and you can run for “Senator for Life” next term as the Party’s favorite candidate against John McCain!

And the best part is… Nobody else in the other 49 states cares anymore!

Uhhhh… No… We won’t be able to bring your bodyguard along… Seems they already defected.

But we can set you up to do a TV Special with Sarah!

And yes, this is an attempt at satire. Even I don’t believe Ghadaffi is crazy enough to hang around a bunch of Tea Bagger Republicans!

 

BBC Has a Mexico Problem

Mexicans rage over racist remarks on BBC

Well..SO much for Land Rover sales in Mexico…

Thanks to some racist anti-Mexican comments on the BBC car show “Top Gear,” Britain is suddenly being viewed as more xenophobic than their northern neighbor.

“Top Gear” presenters made the controversial remarks after pulling up an internet photo of a Mexican-made sports car.

After some childish guffaws, presenter Richard Hammond launched into his rant.

“Why would you want a Mexican car? Because cars reflect national characteristics don’t they,” Hammond said. “Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat.”

Then to add insult to injury, co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson personally attacked the Mexican ambassador.

“We won’t get any complaints about this because at the Mexican embassy the ambassador’s going to be sitting there with a remote control like this,” Clarkson said, slumping in the chair, snoring.

Clarkson was wrong about that one. Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora wrote a letter demanding an apology.

“The presenters of the program resorted to outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults to stir bigoted feelings against the Mexican people, their culture, as well as their official representative in the United Kingdom,” he wrote.

“Although casual banter is an essential component of the program’s appeal, humor never justifies xenophobia. It is not a matter of taste but of basic principles.”

Within hours of Medina Mora sending the letter, the spat was going viral on the internet. In today’s globalized world, a racist comment will quickly go back to its homeland.

Mexican news websites displayed the story on their front pages to thousands of irate comments flooding in.

“These people are uncultured and ignorant. Surely, they have never seen the beauty in our country,” wrote someone identified as Moody on the website of El Universal. “How sad that they live with people from all over the world (in Britain) and they act like Hitler on the television.”

The story was also rapidly picked up by English-language media the world over, to more hot debate. One British car dealer in Mexico wrote that many customers had canceled appointments over the show.

 

 

Iroquois National Team Held Up Over Passport Dispute

The Iroquois Nation is a sovereign nation. While some historians will fight tooth an nail to deny any non-European influence on th formation of our Nation, others believe the original “constitution” of the Iroquois Nation had some influence on the structure of the US Constitution. What I don’t get is why the sudden turnabout?

Members of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team in Times Square while waiting for a decision on whether they will be able to fly to England.

Members of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team in Times Square while waiting for a decision on whether they will be able to fly to England.

Iroquois lacrosse team banned from flying overseas: U.S. refuses to recognize tribe-issued passports

A team of Iroquois lacrosse players was stuck in the city yesterday, barred from flying to a tournament in England because the U.S. does not recognize its special passports.”The boys are ready and we’ve been trying to reassure them we’ll somehow or other make it out,” said the team’s executive director, Percy Abrams.

The Iroquois Nationals – who hail from upstate New York and Canada – have passports issued by the Haudenosaunee, a confederacy of six Iroquois nations. They have been traveling with the documents for 20 years and expected to use them to fly from Kennedy Airport to Manchester, England on Sunday, team officials said.

On Thursday, the British Consulate told the team it would not issue visas because the U.S. said it would not let players back into the country on the native passports.

The team’s 23 members convened in the city anyway, sharing rooms at the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown, ready to leave if the snafu is resolved. They are due to play England Thursday night in the opening match of the World Lacrosse Championship, held every four years. “Time is running out,” said Abrams. “Unless things happen quickly in the next 24 hours it’s going to be very difficult to make the game.” The team already missed a scrimmage with Scotland yesterday.

The State Department has offered to get U.S. passports for the Nationals. “We are standing by to help the team get its passports on an expedited basis,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.

But the Iroquois say it would be an affront to travel with any other passport but their own. “It’s a huge deal because these visas mean so much to our sovereignty,” said player Gewas Schindler, 34. “We’ve always been able to travel and come back.”

As the team’s management continued to search for a last-minute diplomatic solution, the players explored Times Square and practiced at Wagner College on Staten Island.

“We’re trying to keep as busy as possible,” said player Delby Powless, 30, a Rutgers graduate who lives on Six Nations land in Ontario. “We’re trying to keep our minds focused on the lacrosse aspect. I just want to play lacrosse.”

First Known African in England Dated to 13th Century

It would appear that Leroy was there a long time before Kilroy returned!

Medieval black Briton found

A SKELETON uncovered in the ruins of a friary is the earliest physical evidence of a black person living in Britain in medieval times.

The remains of a man, found in the friary in Ipswich, Suffolk, which was destroyed by Henry VIII, have been dated to the 13th century.

It is the first solid indication that there were black people in Britain in the 1,000-year period between the departure of the Romans, who had African slaves, and the beginnings of the age of discovery in the 15th century.

The skull had African characteristics, and an isotopic analysis of the man’s teeth and thigh bone traced his roots to north Africa.

The man is thought to have been captured by a nobleman who brought him back from one of the last crusades in the 1270s. His burial on consecrated ground suggests he was either a Christian or had converted.

He predates by 150 years the three black people previously known to have lived in Britain. They were identified from tax records.

A team of experts for BBC2’s History Cold Case programme, to be broadcast at 9pm on Thursday, has had the body carbon dated to 1190-1300. They have created a full facial reconstruction based on the skull size and shape.

It is believed he may have been brought back from north Africa as a servant by Lord Tiptoth, who had founded the friary before joining the ninth crusade.

The Racism In England

Hat Tip to Xyborg, a UK brother for  this one -

Several European countries have what are in effect, White Nationalist Political Parties. In the UK, that is the BNP, or British National Party. Their leader is Nick Griffin.

These “Nationalist” Parties meet and work together, and meet with their American Counterparts. In the second video, Griffin discusses meeting with David Duke of the KKK, which he describes as a “nonviolent white nationalist organization”.There are also close associations with Jean Marie Le Pen’s Front National in France.

Here is the Website of the BNP. They have had members elected to not only their national parliaments, but to the European Union Parliament.

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Some of those connections to American Hate Organizations can  seen here -

  1. Stormfront
  2. Here is Piece by The Nation pulling together the groups at the American Renaissance Conference in 2006.

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