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Prison Labor: Modern Slavery

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On September 7, 2016
I don’t see how we in this nation can claim that slavery no longer exists. Because a state with 140,000 prisoners is forcing them to work for free without the ability to quit without punishment. The combination of a lack of payment and inability to quit your job is in fact the definition of slavery. […]

Nat Turner

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On August 27, 2016

We recently passed the anniversary of Nat Turner’s 1831 rebellion. And we should remember it and celebrate the bravery of Turner and his followers to fight back against the horrors of slavery.*

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Yet another way to celebrate American awesomeness today before you blow off your fingers and, even worse, put ketchup on your hot dogs, is to remember how we rely on global slavery and other forms of labor exploitation to make the products we use everyday, probably including what you are wearing right now, your fireworks, […]

Costas

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On June 15, 2016

After the death of Muhammad Ali, Bob Costas, moralistic blowhard, decided he needed to set the record straight on Cassius Clay, a complicated Kentuckian who turned against slavery even though he was b

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France’s Slave Past

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On May 31, 2016
France is finally dealing with the fact that much of its national wealth was built upon the enslavement of Africans. That will soon change. President François Hollande announced this month the establishment of a major foundation to create a slavery memorial and museum in Paris. “I wish to give to France an institution it still […]

Yale and Calhoun

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On May 3, 2016

Yale University, an institution that won’t revoke an honorary degree even if the recipient is later shown to be a mass murderer, not surprisingly refuses to rename Calhoun College, named for the

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