Skip to comments.CNN Asks 'How Ethical Is Your Easter Basket?'
Posted on 04/05/2012 6:10:51 AM PDT by chessplayer
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Shhhhhh. I’ve been wondering what has happened to the media this Lenten season but glad that they have found other diversions.
Keith Richburg, the black author of Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa (New York: Basic, 1997) expresses the same sentiment. Had their ancestors not been brought to the New World as slaves, the "reverends" Al and Jesse would probably today be living in tin shacks in the slums of Lomé, Porto Novo, or Bissau City.
Actually, a lot of cocoa production is moving to Brazil and Vietnam, because besides child labor, processors and traders don’t want to deal with the corruption, gangs, Jihad and violence of Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Al and Jesse would probably today be living in tin shacks in the slums of Lomé, Porto Novo, or Bissau CityWould you please stop with the Utopian Visions.
Little surprise that this article did not come out at Halloween?But there is no slavery in the fall. Only in the late winter and early spring. /s
Actually, they are a little bit nuts.
That is why they gravitated towards "liberal progressivism."
One of the most severe mentally ill nutjobs in that crew is currently the President.
Observing their actions from that point of view, most of what they say and do start to make sense.
The remainder of their statements and actions are apparently random as is seems to have no useful purpose either for them or anyone else.
Right! Some people don’t appreciate what they have!
No, this one really is slavery. Children are lured from nearby Mali or sold by their parents to plantation owners. Since there is a nearly endless cheap supply of new slaves, conditions on the plantations are abysmal. Hershey's is starting to react -- after 10 years of giving lip service to the problem -- but if you're eating mass market chocolate you are supporting slavery.
This should be an issue for the right, which values individual dignity and freedom. The left values community and obedience to the state, so all we're getting from them is more ineffectual garbage and guilt trips.
If I buy carbon credits from Al Gore, do I get absolution?
Keeping up with progressives is so hard.
CNN should consider ALL of the facts and circumstances.
Yes, children work almost as slaves on the cocoa plantations harvesting cocoa beans for chocolate.
But they also live in the third world. Has CNN ever considered what would happen to these children if they were not working? They would go hungry and their lives would be poorer for the lack of work.
If you do not purchase chocolate and, in effect, boycott the chocolate industry, then you will probably be contributing to the deaths of these children.
The world is a harsh place and children grow old faster outside of our borders. Be thankful your children are here.
Muslims good, Christians bad. Get with the “progressive” program.
Easter is a good time to remember the Christian soldiers who died so that we don’t have to pray to Mecca five times a day.
Id rather not buy chocolate that is produced by slave labor.
I also prefer to buy American rather than Chinese when possible because of ethical qualms about labor, copyrights and untrustworthy ingredients.
We still use Cadbury, but there is also Nestle, Hershey, Dove and Lindt mixed in there. Its not a perfect world, but on Easter it is a sweet one. : )
Who’s kids makes the Peeps?
Looks like Cadbury, Nestle, and Dove chocolate also use child slave labor ingredients to make their chocolate. There probably is no such thing as child slave labor free chocolate.
Good effing grief. We’re supposed to feel guilty about everything. How about the shoes and clothing we wear,,,probably made in sweat shops in Asia.
The cultural aspects are completely lost on stupid liberals (redundant). It’s perfectly normal in many cultures for children to start contributing to the welfare of the family as soon as they are able. Look at U.S. farms for instance.
If we were to follow the premise that CNN is presenting and cease all consumption of products from these countries one of two things is going to happen; either they find another market or they end up in a worse situation than they were before we became so “concerned” for their welfare because now, they can’t make any money to feed their families.
Leftists just can’t process this, their “logic” is so twisted as to be completely idiotic to the average, thinking person.
Can’t enjoy a cup of coffee or teaspoon of sugar. Made with child slave labor.
Here is a list of products that are the result of child slave labor. It’s almost endless. Everything from bricks to tomatoes.
The cultural aspects are completely lost on stupid liberals (redundant). Its perfectly normal in many cultures for children to start contributing to the welfare of the family as soon as they are able. Look at U.S. farms for instance.
If we were to follow the premise that CNN is presenting and cease all consumption of products from these countries one of two things is going to happen; either they find another market or they end up in a worse situation than they were before we became so concerned for their welfare because now, they cant make any money to feed their families.
How the heck are those African field workers supposed to fill their bellies if we boycott their chocolate?
In this instance, yes and I’m not ok with slavery.
But in general? I take CNN’s “reporting” with a grain of salt and I view it as preparatory to other “follow-on” reports designed to support legislation or edicts such as the one recently passed down by the DOL about farming in the US.
Bought anything made in China recently?
Call me a cynic, but they’ve (CNN and other LSM outlets) EARNED my disdain.
C’mon people....Easter is not about chocolate or bunnies or eggs!!! It’s about Christ’s death, burial and ressurection.
Now that I think of it, Mexico produces chocolate. I just haven’t seen chocolate candy from there. It’s just been chocolate for (muy rico) hot cocoa.
(An off-topic rant— One of the things that is so exasperating about Mexico: they have petroleum, gold, silver, copper, iron, two coastlines, Vanilla, Chocolate, coffee, tequila, beaches, delicious and plentiful food, and yet they still have a lot of poverty.)
You are correct. Easter is about Christ’s resurrection. That is why our family puts church first.
After that, we relax, enjoy the Joy of Easter, and consume immoderate quantities of God-given treats. Since the latter does require a little advance preparation, it is not out of line to have a discussion about it. It doesn’t necessarily mean we have our priorities out of whack.
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