[Marxism] Brown student responds to NYT op-ed about anti-Semitism

Andrew Stewart hasc.warrior.stew at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 10:08:43 MDT 2016

I've made a film about the slavery issue. It is not perfect but the efforts
by Brown were a total PR farce with zero benefit to the general public.
They go on gentrifying and doing other awful stuff regularly.


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On 10/2/16 2:05 PM, Andrew Stewart via Marxism wrote:
> But if we're going to talk about racism, let's talk about Brown
> black/brown neighborhoods for the past 50 years.

NY Times Editorial, Oct. 23 2006
Brown University?s Debt to Slavery

A long-awaited report on Brown University?s 18th-century links to
slavery should dispel any lingering smugness among Northerners that
slavery was essentially a Southern problem.

The report establishes that Brown did indeed benefit in its early years
from money generated by the slave trade and by industries dependent on
slavery. It did so in an era when slavery permeated the social and
economic life of Rhode Island. Slaves accounted for 10 percent of the
state?s population in the mid-18th century, when Brown was founded, and
Rhode Island served as a northern hub of the trans-Atlantic slave trade,
mounting at least 1,000 voyages that carried more than 100,000 Africans
into slavery over the course of a century.

The Brown report is the latest revelation that Northern businesses and
institutions benefited from slavery. Countless other institutions might
be surprised, and ashamed, if they dug deeply into their pasts as Brown
has over the past three years.

The Committee on Slavery and Justice, composed of faculty, students and
administrators, found that some 30 members of Brown?s governing board
owned or captained slave ships, and donors sometimes contributed slave
labor to help in construction. The Brown family owned slaves and engaged
in the slave trade, although one family member became a leading
abolitionist and had his own brother prosecuted for illegal slave
trading. The college did not own or trade slaves.

The hard question is what to do about it. The committee makes sensible
recommendations ? creating a center for the study of slavery and
injustice, rewriting Brown?s history to acknowledge the role of slavery,
creating a memorial to the slave trade in Rhode Island, and recruiting
more minority students. Other proposals are more problematic. But the
value of this exercise was to illuminate a history that had been
?largely erased from the collective memory of our university and state.?

Best regards,

Andrew Stewart

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