The Profitability of Rape

“I consider a woman who brings a child every two years as more profitable than the best man of the farm, what she produces is an addition to the capital, while his labors disappear in mere consumption.” — Thomas Jefferson.

I confess to having written about this topic before. If there is one thing from American history, I would have both white and Black people know. It’s how the rape of enslaved women was used to both build the nation and enrich plantation owners. I don’t write about this to…

America Never Even Tried to be a Democracy

“Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” — Elizabeth Willing Powell

“A republic, if you can keep it.” — Ben Franklin

The above exchange allegedly took place in 1787 when Ben Franklin walked out of Independence Hall at the Constitutional Convention. A Republic, which the Framers intended…

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