Monday, February 13, 2012

Slavery by Another Name, Justice and Means

Directed by Sam Pollard, produced by Catherine Allan and Douglas Blackmon, written by Sheila Curran Bernard,  the tpt National Productions project is based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Blackmon. Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. 

The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.

In 2012 when the first black President is trying to be reelected, pretty much the dark history of the United States of America little has changed, except for the new names for modern slavery not surprisingly coming from Arizona, SB 1070 or HB 56 from Alabama. Georgia may use prisoners to fill farm labor gap. Read more.

The anti-immigration laws are not intended to solve any economic problems or job shortages but creating new crisis and continuing generating new ways of perpetuating slavery. 

Off course the most obvious case is the "personhood corporation" ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court in the middle of Barack Obama presidency and  the following year the union bashing movement. On one hand the corporations can buy elections openly and legally while the workers rights are taken away openly and legally. 

Guess what will happen if those candidates backed by those corporations that undermine workers rights are elected. Welcome to 1900.


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