Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
If you’ve read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article on reparations for slavery in The Atlantic (and if you haven’t, DO IT RIGHT NOW! SERIOUSLY, DUDE. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?), this is your next must-read.
Long before the Civil Rights movement allowed black Americans to freely patronize white-run establishments, Clifton’s restaurants were integrated. In response to a complaint about his progressive policy, Clinton wrote in his weekly newsletter, “If colored skin is a passport to death for our liberties, then it is a passport to Clifton’s.” Regardless of income or skin color, Clinton wanted everyone who ate at his restaurants to be completely satisfied, so the phrase “Dine free unless delighted” was printed on every check. Though many patrons ate for free, enough customers gave significantly more than they were asked to keep the business afloat. (via L.A.’s Wildest Cafeteria Served Utopian Fantasy With a Side of Enchiladas | Collectors Weekly)
File under things that actually existed: The 1930s German board game Juden Raus, where players compete to deport the most Jews. (via Dangerous Minds | ‘Juden Raus’: Nazi-era anti-Semitic board game where you deport the Jews)
Pre-Colombian Americans had some surprisingly amazing technology for people who lacked a written language. The link below goes to a Smithsonian piece on the discovery of a 1200-year-old telephone made from gourds and twine found in modern-day Peru. Amazing!
Nerd fascination of the night.
The horrible true story of Snow White in Auschwitz, in comic book form. (via Dina Babbitt: The Comic | babbittblog)
Just learned about this amazing Texan history art-and-food project about the Crypto-Jews. Sounds delicious and (crap) educational.
Kosher taco truck highlights crypto-Jewish history
An El Paso artist hopes to highlight the history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest through a kosher taco truck.
About six years ago, artist Peter Svarzbein started photographing crypto-Jews, Hispanic or Latinos of Jewish descent who had to keep their faith a secret after the Spanish inquisition, and their descendents.
Svarzbein wants to show the stories of those families through his taco truck, which was serving the fusion food at Congregation B’nai Zion and Hope and Anchor over the weekend.
On Monday, the truck was at the Foodville food truck spot in Downtown El Paso, on the corner of Mills and Mesa. Along with serving up tacos, the stories of crypto-Jews are projected on walls….
Here’s the part of the history book where the 20th century just turns genocide-filled and awful.
Have I mentioned how much I love Dangerous Minds? Their blog is full of awesome. (via Dangerous Minds | Sharpies: The mulleted rocker kids of 70s Australia)
My newest article on national geographic news
Hint: Aliens and that big-haired dude from Ancient Aliens had nothing to do with it.
Muslim cemetery in Bohonik, Poland. I’ve been fascinated by the story of the Lipka Tatars ever since finding out that Polish Muslim immigrants started a mosque in Williamsburg, Brooklyn way back in the 1910s.