In The Progressive Brian Gilmore '92 discusses a little-known African slave revolt that occurred in New York on April 6, 1712.
Brian Gimore writes, "The lesson New York authorities took away from the revolt was not to end the institution of slavery and the oppressive racial hierarchy; it was to strengthen that system. New York maintained slavery for decades thereafter. It wasn’t until 1799 that a law was finally passed that would begin to do away with slavery in the state. The United States, of course, did not abolish slavery until 1863 and preserved for a century after that a system of race-based discrimination.
As a result, racial division and mistrust is still part of our lives; progress is significant but fundamental change in many areas is lacking. Segregation in many cities and communities remains a fixture. Institutional racism in the housing and lending market, employment, and the criminal justice system continues to keep society unequal in many ways."
Brian Gilmore is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the Housing Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law. Gilmore joined MSU College of Law from Howard
University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he served as a
clinical professor and supervising attorney with the Clinical Law Center
from 2005 through 2010. While at Howard University, Gilmore developed
and initiated the Fair Housing Teaching Program for the Clinical Law
Center, organized programs to educate local constituents and community
advocates on ever-relevant legal topics, taught Introduction to
Lawyering Process for Education Administrators, and served as a guest
lecturer in Professional Responsibility and Pre-Trial Litigation
courses. He also designed and taught Housing Law and the Public
Interest. Click here to read his full bio.