Desecrating the Black Body from Cradle to Grave: The Fight to Save an Ancestral Cemetery from Graverobbers

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Blacks have no rights that whites are bound to respect,  Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney wrote in the 1857 Dred Scott decision. A decision last month by a Maryland Court added a codicil to Taney’s declaration when it ruled that Bethesda developers could sell property built atop a cemetery for slaves. The court did not question whether the land is, in fact, a burial ground but effectively ruled that whites need not respect Blacks either in life, or death.


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Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is the author of No FEAR: A Whistleblowers Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA. Coleman-Adebayo worked at the EPA for 18 years and blew the whistle on a US multinational corporation that endangered South African mine workers. Her successful lawsuit led to the introduction and passage of the first civil rights and whistleblower law of the 21st century: the Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act). She is the founder of the No FEAR Institute, an organization devoted to educating the American public about federal sector discrimination and the president of the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition.

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