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The real black history? The government wants to ban it

When the enslaved African was put on a ship to be transported across the Atlantic, “that moment he became a revolutionary”, wrote the historian, campaigner and later prime minister of Trinidad, Eric Williams. He was complicating the familiar British story of abolition, in which black people who had somehow managed to get themselves enslaved were freed by the ‘Saints’ – educated white men of conscience.

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In reality, both slaves and other colonial subjects in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean fought for their rights and freedom in very difficult circumstances. Those rebellions and liberation movements, along with the work of white abolitionists and critics of empire, put pressure on Britain to ultimately concede emancipation and independence. If the official history is of Britannic rule, a still-hidden history tells of black (and Asian) resistance to that rule.

So, when speaking of black history, which is also British history, we need to ditch prejudicial and misleading phrases like “victim narratives”, recently used in the Department for Education’s statutory guidance to English schools. The present government deems accounts of oppression and exploitation “divisive” and “harmful”, along with discussions of alternatives to capitalism. Using phrases like “victimhood mentality” when describing ethnic minorities stokes an unhelpful culture war and delegitimises necessary accounts of racist and colonial dispossession.

a man standing on a baseball field: ‘In the postwar period, the colour bar in hotels and other public spaces was challenged by people like the famous cricketer Learie Constantine.’

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‘In the postwar period, the colour bar in hotels and other public spaces was challenged by people like the famous cricketer Learie Constantine.’

It is convenient for the powerful, of course, to demand that the spotlight be turned away from the harm they foster, whether through bigotry or predatory capitalism. Historical amnesia works in their favour.

In fact, black history contains few victim narratives, even if it tells us a great deal about victimisation and the infliction of suffering. The documents of colonial and racist barbarism are also documents of the power of protest. Black history is not just about slavery or colonialism, but in the context of Black Lives Matter and the contemporary struggle for racial and social justice, the history of black struggle teaches us something valuable about the relationship between resistance and change.

One familiar defensive response to discussions of racism today is to insist that Britain is one of the most tolerant countries in the world. Missing from that grand claim is the story of how all progress on race has been won through persistent protest and campaigning, by ethnic minorities and their allies.

Black people, both in Britain and in the colonial world, have not waited meekly for changes to take place. From the abolition of slavery to the removal of the colour bar, and from the moderate inclusion campaigns of the League of Coloured Peoples in the 1930s to more militant organising against police brutality in the 1970s, black people in Britain have defended their communities, mobilised and contributed to vital social and institutional change. As the historian Peter Fryer noted, across Britain and the British Empire black people

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‘Real Housewives’ star reveals mother-in-law died in crash, daughter recovering

“The Real Housewives of Dallas” star Brandi Redmond is asking fans for prayers for her family.

The 42-year-old TV personality revealed on Saturday that her 9-year-old daughter, Brinkley, was involved in a car crash that killed her mother-in-law, Jill Marie Redmond.

“My husbands beautiful mom has gone on to be with our Savior and my sister in laws said it best…so I PLEASE ask that you keep my family in your prayers during this difficult time,” she wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a gallery of sweet family photographs.

In the photos, Jill Marie Redmond can be seen with her children and grandchildren, often flashing a beaming smile.

Jill Marie Redmond in a family photo. (Instagram)
Jill Marie Redmond in a family photo. (Instagram)

Without revealing specific details regarding her daughter’s condition, Redmond asked her followers to keep Brinkley in their thoughts as she recovers from the accident.

“I ask that you lift my sweet Brinkley up as she continues to heal and that God protects her heart and eyes from this tragedy,” she wrote. “I am so thankful for her life. This is probably the most thankful yet pain I’ve ever felt.”

Redmond also reposted an emotional note from her three sisters-in-law — Megan Hughey, Lauren Cranford and Kristen Kosch — who shared the message on an Instagram account for “Girl, I Slept in My Makeup,” a podcast they host together.

“This is our mom, Jill Marie Redmond. We spoke to her daily. To speak of her in past tense hurts beyond words. Hours ago we lost her in a tragic car accident. Thank you, Jesus, for saving our niece who was in the car with her,” the podcast hosts wrote.

“To know our mom was to love her. She was a shining light to all who were lucky enough to know her. She loved so fiercely. She felt so deeply. And she loved Jesus with all her heart. Her world was FAMILY. She loved her 4 children and many grand babies to the depths of her soul, and she left us doing what she loved most- caring for her grand babies.

“We are in shock and are experiencing an indescribable pain,” they added. “In our mom’s honor, if you have a living parent please tell them how much you love and appreciate them, and hug your loved ones extra tight tonight and always. We love you. Shine bright and spread love and kindness.”

Brandi and her husband, Bryan Redmond, share daughters Brooklyn, 11, Brinkley, who just turned 9 one week ago, and an adopted son Bruin, 2.

One week ago, the reality star celebrated Brinkley’s birthday with a sweet tribute on Instagram.

“Happy 9th Birthday @brinkley__redmond,” Redmond captioned a photo of her daughter on Oct. 4. “You are my sunshine. I love you so so so much and can’t believe 9 years have already gone by. Thank you for your sweet gentle soul that loves life to the fullest. You are EVERYTHING and I am so blessed to call you my daughter. Hope today and

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China’s ‘three red lines’ strike delicate balance between curbing real estate debt and local government finances

As China moves to tackle excessive borrowing in the real estate sector, it is walking a tightrope between providing cash-strapped local governments with revenues from land sales and keeping a lid on rising house prices.

Chinese regulators in August tightened funding conditions for 12 major property developers, setting caps on the amount of debt they could hold in relation to cash on hand, the value of their assets and as a proportion of equity in their businesses – dubbed “the three red lines”.

Last week, mainland financial newspaper the 21st Century Business Herald reported authorities had asked large banks to keep the proportion of property loans below 30 per cent of all new loans, citing unidentified sources.

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Property sales growth has surged this year, helping the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. But it has also raised the alarm among top Communist Party officials who fret speculation in the real estate sector could increase house prices further.

In July, the Politburo – the party’s top decision-making body – stressed President Xi Jinping’s mantra that houses are “for living in, not for speculation”.

Given attempts to reign in property funding, analysts expect local government land sales to developers to weaken in coming months, something that could hurt regional finances and weigh on the broader economy.

“We don’t think Beijing wants to kill the property sector. After all, the economy is still running below its trend growth,” Macquarie Group said in a report last month.

“But it does send out a strong signal that Beijing wants to cool down the sector to save the ammo for the future. As such, property investment could peak soon.”

Zhang Ming, a researcher with the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said in August the central government does not want to see a sharp drop in property prices because it could cause risks for commercial banks, private wealth and local governments.

Land sales have been an integral part of China’s government finances at all levels over the past decade, according to research by Kate Jaquet, a portfolio manager at US-based Seafarer Capital Partners.

In China, land is owned by the state and the sale of land and user rights have been rising steadily since 2010, making up 38.6 per cent of China’s central government revenue last year, compared to 35.5 per cent in 2018, and 30.2 per cent in 2017, Seafarer Capital Partners said.

“One plausible explanation as to why Chinese authorities have allowed the listed portion of the sector to lever up so substantially, contrary to their stated commitment to reduce leverage in the financial system, is that this arrangement has been beneficial to the financial standing of the central and local governments,” Jaquet said in the June report.

Despite Beijing’s push for local governments to increase the use of municipal bonds for financing, regional economies still

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‘Real Men Wear Pink’: Chattanooga-area men participate in American Cancer Society initiative

Every year, the American Cancer Society recruits men from the community to wear pink every day for a month as part of its Real Men Wear Pink campaign, an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.

But this isn’t your typical year. Just about the only thing that will be normal for this October’s campaign is the wardrobe choice for the 10 local men committed to the cause.

With competing causes that have arisen through the coronavirus pandemic alongside the social measures being taken to mitigate the burgeoning disease’s spread, the men had to get creative this year with outreach and fundraising. Here, they share why they’re sticking it out and why they joined in the first place.

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Real Men Wear Pink


Curtis Ottinger

Real Men Wear Pink 2020 chair; managing partner, Heritage Funeral Home East Brainerd Chapel

“When I became part of this campaign in 2018 as a candidate myself, I had no idea what an impact it would have upon my life. My precious mother had survived breast cancer twice, once in 1981 and then again in 1984, and went on to live a wonderful life until she passed away in 2009.

“As I started in the ‘Real Men’ campaign in 2018, the mother of my two daughters began an aggressive battle with breast cancer. It not only spurred me to win the campaign that year [in terms of dollars raised], but participating in Real Men allowed me to be an advocate for those who needed strength and hope to keep fighting this fight.

“I then joined the board of the American Cancer Society, and feel incredibly honored to chair the 2020 Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can raise awareness. Together, we can keep hope alive. Together, we will find a cure for breast cancer someday. That is my prayer not only for my daughters and granddaughters, but for every woman and man that is and will face this disease.”


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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Chairs Curtis Ottinger and Leigh Anne Fryar pose in the studio at the Times Free Press on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.


Leigh Anne Fryar

Real Men Wear Pink 2020 co-chair; Sales representative, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

“My father lost his life to lung cancer eight years ago, and I’ve known several people who have battled different types of cancer. But as a woman, breast cancer awareness is a special challenge for me. I’m particularly fond of Real Men Wear Pink because it provides men an opportunity to show support in a challenge usually faced by women. I love to see the creative ways the guys promote themselves!”


Steven Hobbs

CEO and owner, Foametix and Bullet Liner of Chattanooga; Hearth Hospice Ambassador

“My father passed away from cancer when I was 3 years old. [Cancer] not only struck my family, but my wife’s as well. Her grandmother and an aunt

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