In early 1864, Spotswood Rice, a former slave from Missouri, enlisted in the Union Army. Later that year, he came through his former home with 1,600 other soldiers. When he was still on the way, he sent this confident and angry letter ahead to his former owner, Kittey Diggs…

(I left his spelling as is, but I added punctuation to make it easier to read.)

I received a leteter from Cariline telling me that you say I tried to steal…my child away from you. Now I want you to understand that mary is my Child and she is a God given rite of my own. And you may hold on to hear as long as you can, but I want you to remembor this one thing — that the longor you keep my Child from me, the longor you will have to burn in hell and the qwicer youll get their…

I want you to understand, kittey diggs, that where ever you and I meets we are enmays to each orthere. I offered once to pay you forty dollers for my own Child, but I am glad now that you did not accept it….

My Children is my own and I expect to get them, and when I get ready to come after mary I will have…powrer and autherity to bring hear away and to exacute vengencens on them that holds my Child. You will then know how to talke to me — I will assure that — and you will know how to talk rite, too….

I have no fears about geting mary out of your hands this whole Government gives chear to me and you cannot help your self.

Unfortunately, there’s no record of how this tale ended.

Read the unabridged and unpunctuated version. Read more of Spotswood Rice’s letters.

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Seinfeld In Australian Parliament

Seinfeld may have ended over fifteen years ago, but incredibly, it is still on the air. The Internet was only in its infant stage back in 1998, but Seinfeld still continues to seem relevant online. Now, this ridiculous spoof by Huw Parkinson is the latest Seinfeld video to go viral online. With hilarious editing, the Australian Parliament was transformed into a sitcom starring everyone’s favorite characters about nothing. Cue music


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Chlo Grace Moretz was one of many people who spoke out after Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie on Twitter.

The 19-year-old actress – and self-proclaimed “feminist from birth” – criticised Kim for being a bad role model to young girls:

While a lot of people agreed with Chloe, Kim gained a fair few supporters when she responded to criticismwith an impassioned open letter. In it, she explained:

“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.”

Chloe was forced to clarify that she wasn’t “slut-shaming” Kim…

…And she has now given an interview, justifying her response. Speaking to Elle Magazine, she explained:

“All I’ll say is that I think a lot of things can be misconstrued in a lot of ways. And I think if people open their minds more, and they try to look deeper into something than just something that is a very big, hot, fiery buttonto hide behind…I think if peoplelooked into something bigger that I was trying to speak upon, they wouldn’t be so easy to fire back silly, miscellaneous things.”

She also expressed that she personally turns down roles in which woman are “overtly sexualized in a masculine, stereotypical [context]”, because for her, “it’s just aboutmaking choices [so that]I can have a young woman look at the movie and not be negatively influenced”.

When asked what she would say toa young woman, trying to negotiate the minefield that can be social media, she had some stellar advice:

“Depict yourself adequately as what you want to be seen as. Don’t front, don’t put something out there that you feel isn’t realistic and doesn’t portray who you are. Just be yourself, be you, and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.”

Your move, Kim..

H/T Elle Magazine

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