To Tamara Lanier the image of the white-haired black man, emaciated, stripped of his clothing, and staring unflinchingly into the camera, is Papa Renty — a South Carolina slave who learned to read and held clandestine Bible classes despite the dangers on the plantation. To Harvard University, the image is part of its collection of daguerreotypes, among the oldest known pictures of enslaved people in the United States. They were commissioned in 1850 by one of Harvard’s most renowned and controversial scientists, Louis Agassiz, and used to bolster his belief in white biological superiority. The images, of slaves forced to pose naked, are widely available online, appear on the cover of an anthropology book and conference pamphlets, and have been the subject of art exhibits. Related Links Who was Louis Agassiz? But a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court has raised fundamental questions of who legally owns the images and whether it is right for … [Read more...] about Harvard is sued over use of photograph of slave
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By The Washington Post | February 2, 2019 at 7:35 pm The Washington Post · Kevin Sullivan SAN FRANCISCO – In early 2010, an Indian American couple hosted a fundraiser in their elegant Pacific Heights home for Kamala Harris, then a Democratic candidate for California attorney general. Harris had been San Francisco’s high-profile district attorney for more than six years, but Deepak Puri and Shareen Punian had only recently learned that Harris was, as Punian said, “one of our peeps,” a woman whose mother was an Indian immigrant. They had always assumed Harris was African-American, and so did most of the 60 or 70 Indian American community leaders at the event, many of whom asked Puri and Punian why they had been invited. “At least half of them didn’t know she was Indian,” said Punian, a business executive and political activist. Harris, 54, now a U.S. senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, would be several firsts in the … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris, daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, defines herself simply as ‘American’
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist January 28, 2019 In the Arguable e-mail newsletter, columnist Jeff Jacoby offers his take on everything from politics to pet peeves to the passions of the day. Sign up here. Robert E. Lee’s bad name All of America observed the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday last week, but in two southern states, Alabama and Mississippi, the day was also commemorated as Robert E. Lee Day — a state holiday honoring the general who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War. It is hard to imagine a more grotesque juxtaposition: the man who symbolizes the struggle for black civil rights and racial equality given equal billing with the man who led the fight to keep black Americans chained in chattel slavery. Lee is honored with a holiday in several other southern states, too: Florida and Arkansas each have an … [Read more...] about Arguable with Jeff Jacoby: Robert E. Lee, American traitor
Updated 1:51 pm PST, Friday, December 21, 2018 Maria Barlow Behrmann helps her 4-year-old daughter, Avalon, unwrap a present, at their home in Eagle Mountain, Utah, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) Maria Barlow Behrmann helps her 4-year-old daughter, Avalon, unwrap a present, at their home in Eagle Mountain, Utah, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) Photo: Rick Egan, AP Photo: Rick Egan, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Maria Barlow Behrmann helps her 4-year-old daughter, Avalon, unwrap a present, at their home in Eagle Mountain, Utah, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) Maria Barlow Behrmann helps her 4-year-old daughter, Avalon, unwrap a present, at their home in … [Read more...] about Holidays can be tough for ex-members of polygamous sects
Methuselah is no ordinary fish, and this month, she's swimming into her 80th year as a resident of the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. The mature, 4-foot-long (1.2 meters) fish came to the aquarium from Australia in 1938 when she was already adult size, so experts estimate she's between 85 and 90 years old. That likely makes her the world's oldest fish in captivity. Appropriately named after the longest-living biblical figure (in the bible, Methuselah lived to be 969 years old), it's not just Methuselah's age that makes her stand out. As an Australian lungfish (Neoceratodus fosteri), she represents one of only six living species of air-breathing lungfish, which belong to the class Sarcopterygii. [Photos: The Freakiest Looking Fish] This ancient group of freshwater fish has been around for 400 million years and is characterized by a unique swim bladder that not only controls buoyancy but also functions as a primitive lung that allows the fish to … [Read more...] about This Octogenarian Is the Oldest Fish in Captivity. And She Likes Belly Rubs.