Thursday, July 7, 2016

Nothing New Under the Sun

I've been doing research on the black press in Civil War-era New Orleans. From a Belgian newspaper writer:

"I understood the situation of colored men in New Orleans; I easily identified myself with them, for even though the individuals were different, the cause was nothing new or strange to me: on one hand I found an unjust and privileged ruling class, and on the other an oppressed class that had been trampled underfoot and had no role in society."

 -- Jean-Charles Houzeau, My Passage at the New Orleans Tribune, written 1870

Seriously, people, it's been over a hundred years. Can't we work on this?