In the wake of the Oscar picture win for “12 Years a Slave,” exhibitors are clamoring to book the film in theaters even though it hits homevid shelves Tuesday. As of mid-afternoon on Monday, the Fo…
Every year white people add 100 years to how long ago slavery was. I’ve heard educated white people say, ‘slavery was 400 years ago.’ No it very wasn’t. It was 140 years ago…that’s two 70-year-old ladies living and dying back to back. That’s how recently you could buy a guy.
With Presidents Day last week, some conservative pundits deemed it prudent to reevaluate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. As you might expect, this resulted in the spewing of a lot of truly asinine ideas.
When the political rhetoric starts flying, I get frustrated by those who seem to lack a solid grasp of our own history. To know history (the good, bad and ugly parts) is crucial to the health of our society. When an faction like the Tea Party starts spewing words like “liberty” and how the ACA is “slavery” — do they really know what they’re talking about? Our country has a terrible history of romanticizing Antebellum slavery.
"Twelve Years a Slave,” a movie based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841, is a powerful antidote to the Tea Party’s poisonous nostalgia for the era of “states’ rights” and “nullificationism,” which became code words for protecting the “liberty” of Southern whites to own African-Americans.
The movie, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, reveals how lofty phrases about “freedom” often meant their opposite as Southern politicians developed an Orwellian skill for weaving noble-sounding “principles” into a cloak for covering up the unjustifiable.
And, for too many generations, it worked. Americans have romanticized the antebellum South, seeing it through the rosy haze of “Gone with the Wind” or learning from school history books that most slave-owners were kindly and paternalistic masters. Even today many Americans tell themselves that slavery wasn’t all that bad. To burnish their pride in the never-to-be-criticized USA, they whitewash one of the nation’s greatest crimes, the enslavement of millions of people based on the color of their skin.
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Toddlers freed from brick kiln bondage
U.S. officials have acknowledged that human trafficking is a problem of “crisis proportions,” both outside and inside America’s borders. Yet despite professed intent to end this scourge, including with the help of a “zero-tolerance, one strike approach,” human trafficking remains a pervasive and ongoing problem in this nation. As part of ongoing efforts to combat the phenomenon, the ACLU and a coalition of anti-trafficking organizations submitted a written statement last week to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council, urging the U.S. government to translate its words into actions.
The statement was submitted on the heels of a hearing entitled “Measures on Human Trafficking in the United States” before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In his testimony, the ACLU’s Steven Watt commended recent efforts by the U.S. government to close loopholes that enable human trafficking on federal government contracts, such as an executive order on human trafficking and a provision in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which codifies many of these essential protections. Still, Watt cautioned:
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"Twenty Seven Million’" by Matt Redman and LZ7.
Slavery still exists. We want every man, woman and child to know that there are 27 million men, women and children, just like them, living in the shadows. Let’s shine a light on slavery and END IT.
KOLKATA, INDIA – Like many Bangladeshi girls, Shohela* loves dance, especially the traditional kinds of dance her culture is known for. So she was thrilled when she found out she could dance and earn much-needed money in India.
But as soon as Shohela arrived in Kolkata, she learned she would be required to do much more than dance. She had been trafficked to a brothel in a major red-light district. That same night, she was sold to the first man who would pay to rape her.
In late November, the Kolkata police called IJM for assistance with a rescue operation. They believed two brothels in a major red-light district were selling underage girls for sex. One of the two targeted brothels was the one to which Shohela had been trafficked – less than a week earlier.
When the rescue team arrived, the first brothel was empty. But at the second, they found one girl who looked to be in her late teens – it was Shohela.