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’12 Years A Slave’ To Be Incorporated Into Public High School Curriculum
NewsOne ^ | 2/23/2014

Posted on 02/25/2014 3:40:04 AM PST by Altura Ct.

The award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, a striking and brutally vivid retelling of the true story of Solomon Northup, will be incorporated into public high school classrooms around the nation beginning in September 2014, according to a The National School Boards Association (NSBA) press release.

The NSBA is partnering with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide to America’s public high schools, giving students an unvarnished view of slavery in America that is seldom introduced inside the classroom.

The initiative, coordinated by Montel Williams, is modeled against an initiative Williams launched that ultimately led to distribution by The Montel Williams Show of copies of the Civil War film Glory to public high schools.

“12 Years a Slave is one of the most impactful films in recent memory, and I am honored to have been able to bring together Fox Searchlight and National School Boards Association to maximize its educational potential. When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool. This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire to not repeat the evils of the past while inspiring them to dream big of a better and brighter future, and I’m proud to be a part of that,” said Williams.

“Since first reading 12 Years a Slave, it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a reality and for sharing Solomon Northup’s story with today’s generation,” said Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years.

“The National School Boards Association is honored to partner with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Penguin Books to ensure that every public high school student in America has the opportunity to stare the stark realities of slavery in the eye through books and film,” said NSBA President David A. Pickler. “We believe that providing America’s public high school students the opportunity to bear witness to such an unrelenting view of the evils of slavery is essential toward ensuring that this history is never forgotten and must never be repeated.”

This groundbreaking film won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture, the PGA Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film and is nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.


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1 posted on 02/25/2014 3:40:04 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

For later


2 posted on 02/25/2014 3:42:45 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Altura Ct.

This is fine and dandy, except that it will be presented without historical context, which is that every civilization in history practiced slavery.

Western Civ of the 19th century, however, ended it. No other previous civilization had apparently even considered such a step.


3 posted on 02/25/2014 3:44:22 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Altura Ct.

Nothing but victim status politics to further fuel the race baiters and hate crime industry.


4 posted on 02/25/2014 3:45:49 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Altura Ct.

white people fought and died to end slavery


5 posted on 02/25/2014 3:46:04 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Altura Ct.

I’m a bit skeptical about this story.

There were several hundred thousand free Black people living in the South when this guy was kidnapped in New York.

I mean, what was the legal mechanism that protected all those Southern free Blacks, but completely failed to protect this guy from New York?


6 posted on 02/25/2014 3:47:46 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: Altura Ct.
I thought "Roots" was all that!

Oh well, a new generation to be indoctrinated into believing that white europeans in this country were the fascists of that time.

And we now have "core curriculum" to use as a vehicle for this indoctrination.

7 posted on 02/25/2014 3:48:27 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: Altura Ct.

And that, students, is why blacks need affirmative action and all conservatives are racist.


8 posted on 02/25/2014 3:50:12 AM PST by servo1969
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To: Altura Ct.

It was a river of white men’s blood that set the slaves free in America.

But that part of the story is “de-emphasized.”


9 posted on 02/25/2014 3:52:24 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Sherman Logan

Being a amatuer historian....I’d stay there are roughly forty “lessons” in American history which ought to be strongly emphasized. To sit and waste weeks and weeks....on just one single lesson...is short sighted.

What makes the primary and election of 1860 so special? Why did Jackson take down national bank? Why was the Louisiana Purchase so significant? Why was Andrew Carnegie significant? What was the real trigger of WW I? Why was the Depression of 1920-1921 a greater depression than the 1930s?

Maybe showing this ‘12 Years a Slave’ movie has some context to the Civil War discussion, but there are so many great lessons to be taught.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 3:55:24 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Altura Ct.

Leftist indoctrination, start them young on the white guilt.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 3:56:26 AM PST by Rob the Ugly Dude
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To: Neoliberalnot

“Nothing but victim status politics to further fuel the race baiters and hate crime industry.”

Saw a bit of a program last night on ID (Investigation Discovery?); this black guy was driving through Illinois & Indianna researching “sundown towns” (where blacks were supposed to be out of the town by sundown). From what I could gather, this was to ensure that northern states kicked into the racial grievance till as well. These were little rural places they visited; they used the low percentage of blacks there today to bolster their “grievance”. The Klan couldn’t have done a better job of removing blacks from mainstream America than today’s liberals do...


12 posted on 02/25/2014 3:57:42 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Altura Ct.

It’s like what they are doing with the Jesus movies and churches.

Hollywood entertainment is entertainment.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 3:58:22 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Rob the Ugly Dude

My son had to right a persuasion paper about a subject. Any subject. He wrote about how the Civil War was bad for the black slaves. I admired his gumption and thought “How is he going to show this?”

He actually did a really good job, and I learned a whole bunch. He got an A too. Publik Skool even!

Yes, slavery is bad, but.....


14 posted on 02/25/2014 4:01:56 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: pepsionice

What was the real trigger for WW1.

Uhm. The catholics were pissed at kiaser willie?

Vietnam.
The catholics asked JFK to help the persecuted gietnam catholics?


15 posted on 02/25/2014 4:02:37 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: Sherman Logan

This is where watchful parents (shouldn’t they always be watchful) will prepare their children to bring in supplemental information. If they do not manage to go with alternatives to public school systems in the first place.

In my student days this issue was talked about as “man’s inhumanity to man.”

It’s even an excellent springboard for talking about sin, about how men fail and even resist God’s desires for mankind. This is not just about having to learn, it’s about having to unlearn. Sin, what a bummer thing to talk about! Well it’s a bummer when the topic is used as a tool for priding oneself and shaming people. When it’s recognized as an endemic yet now defeated foe, as modern medicine has defeated many diseases, then it can be more rationally discussed.


16 posted on 02/25/2014 4:05:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 21twelve

OMG - “right” should be “write”. (I’m glad his mom proof-read his paper and not me!

(Scrawled in black paint on an old roof at my alm mater: “I kant even spel Enginer, and now I our won!”)


17 posted on 02/25/2014 4:05:18 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Altura Ct.

Will it be mentioned that Republicans fought to end slavery while the Democrats fought to retain it?


18 posted on 02/25/2014 4:06:02 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Just like they tried to do with Amistad, which was mostly fiction.


19 posted on 02/25/2014 4:07:09 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: yldstrk

Courage New Hampshire should be required curriculum.

While its not a specific true story, the overall story line is some of the best most detailed history I’ve seen on screen.


20 posted on 02/25/2014 4:07:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I’m not sure whether you are saying sin or slavery has been defeated. I’m sure the first hasn’t and victory against the second is not really complete. (Depending on your definition of slavery.)


21 posted on 02/25/2014 4:07:57 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: 21twelve

Well, the US Civil War was one of the more uncivil wars of humanity. The US Revolution was far less bloody.

It was a messy deal and sacrifices were forced on all.


22 posted on 02/25/2014 4:08:09 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Sherman Logan

I am speaking in terms of standard Christian theology. That the Cross is sufficient to deal with all sin, in preparation for entry into eternity.


23 posted on 02/25/2014 4:09:25 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Altura Ct.

I’m tired of all the tyranny these democrats/socialists and Obama keep imposing on us.

I wish we Americans could form massive protests as they did in Egypt , Ukraine , Georgia etc. . by we i mean those that believe in limited government (very limited) and freedom. I know some of us in Louisiana are ready for that and more, for TOTAL war against these socialist/democrat vermin


24 posted on 02/25/2014 4:11:41 AM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: zeestephen

One thing I learned about my local history was prior to the Civil War there was a large community of free blacks, most who worked in the area just north of downtown Fayetteville, NC.

It was an area of artisans producing items like furniture, wheels, barrels, etc.

After the Civil War - poof - they were gone along with their story.


25 posted on 02/25/2014 4:14:12 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

OK.


26 posted on 02/25/2014 4:15:13 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Altura Ct.
The trouble with any such movie, and many other discourses about slavery, is that
Half the truth is often a great lie. - Benjamin Franklin
By that I mean that even if the movie is essentially accurate, its emotional impact diverts from a larger truth. Namely, that slavery was universal, globally and throughout history, until the institution was delegitimated in the Nineteenth Century.

And it won't do to just leave that statement in the passive voice, "was delegitimated." It is true that Christianity accepted the institution of slavery from its own founding, and even after its establishment as the religion of the Roman Empire under Constantine, and even unto the Nineteenth Century. But compared to what? No other religion ever delegitimated slavery except under the influence (if not coercion) of Christians. Predominantly English speaking Christians (Black Rednecks and White Liberals, by Thomas Sowell).

An emotional dramatization of the evils of the practice of slavery by Christians, just before (in historical terms, very suddenly) Christianity delegitimated the institution globally, is a half truth and a great lie.

27 posted on 02/25/2014 4:15:59 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Its just coincidence that from kindergarten to high school graduation is also twelve years. The irony will get stronger as Common Core takes hold. /S


28 posted on 02/25/2014 4:19:11 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Sherman Logan

And also, that it’s possible to make great and visible inroads into sin even on this side of eternity, by means of the power of the same Cross.

It’s one of those things that shouldn’t be knocked until it has been seen.

And this is one reason why powers of evil want to see all traces of religious faith (even those not involving the Cross) removed from public life.


29 posted on 02/25/2014 4:19:16 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: pepsionice

So what was the real trigger for WW1?


30 posted on 02/25/2014 4:24:29 AM PST by what's up (su)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

It’s a relative shame that Christendom did let itself wallow in the extremes that slavery took in the New World.

The New World did things bigger and better; unfortunately that included a few evil things. The practices of slavery known in New Testament times were tied either to voluntary selling of oneself (as to raise funds to relieve a debt for self or friends or family) or to prisoners of war.

The African slave trade really pushed the prisoners of war concept. Constantly simmering inter-tribal warfare produced a bumper crop of what were essentially kidnapped slaves. Arab slave traders were not shy to exploit this. Most of those slaves didn’t go to the American colonies, but some did. And then because they happened to be black, and because few voluntary immigrants were black, color was seized upon as an identifying factor for who should be considered a slave and who should not.

At any rate, the cure is not for Christendom to become a doormat, but for it to re-affirm what it means to be the body of Jesus Christ.


31 posted on 02/25/2014 4:25:47 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Altura Ct.

More propaganda.

Our society is drenched with info about slavery. Kids need to learn some other stuff too.


32 posted on 02/25/2014 4:27:04 AM PST by what's up (su)
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To: what's up

Well, the time during which it is discussed will, I hope, allow the good, the bad, and the ugly to all be discussed.

How Christendom failed to live up to its ideals SHOULD be fair game. And it did — US racially tied chattel slavery went beyond the New Testament accepted parameters.

Because then it will have a reason to confess in this otherwise secular context what its ideals ARE, and WHY they are that way.


33 posted on 02/25/2014 4:32:17 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Altura Ct.

I liked the overall story, but found the movie lacking.


34 posted on 02/25/2014 4:32:54 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: what's up
government just needs to leave us , our kids etc. alone

only military and border control for the federal gov

local govs can deal only with laws that prevent the use of force (assault, murder, kidnapping, stealing) etc. and just courts to act as referees where individuals can settle disputes of contracts , land, etc. courts with jury's of your peers not gov morons deciding what's right at any level. gov schools are an abomination, so is the EPA,IRS etc. No one can be deprived of their right to freedom,privacy , property with out the due process of law in a court of law and judged by a jury of your peers. government morons can NEVER make any law that doesn't deal with protecting property rights or preventing force. government education? no way, gov healthcare and charity ? by what right do these democrat/government goons have to deprive us of our rights and property (half our income) to do fake global warming studies? so yes patents , property rights, no stealing , no murder, no harrassment etc. those can be written in a few laws, a few pages. everything else is not the province nor business of government.instead there are room fulls of laws that impose tyranny on us

35 posted on 02/25/2014 4:38:32 AM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: pepsionice
Being a amatuer historian....I’d stay there are roughly forty “lessons” in American history which ought to be strongly emphasized. To sit and waste weeks and weeks....on just one single lesson...is short sighted.

Short-sighted? Far-sighted, rather.

The history curriculum in middle and high schools has been reduced to:
a) slavery,
b) genocide of Native Americans
c) the holocaust,
d) Seneca Falls Convention and
e) Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire if there is time.

The common thread is the evil nature of oppressive white men.

36 posted on 02/25/2014 4:43:57 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Politics are just the rules - Power is the game!)
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To: Neoliberalnot
Nothing but victim status politics to further fuel the race baiters and hate crime industry.

Yes.... ....37 years after.....Roots for the 21st Century...... The original was not awful, but what the Jesses and Rev Als did with it was. I know nothing of this new one though.

37 posted on 02/25/2014 4:46:11 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Incorporate other movies like Midway and The Longest Day if U.S. history is the true motivation.


38 posted on 02/25/2014 4:51:11 AM PST by jughandle
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To: Altura Ct.

I saw the movie.

It portrayed Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon negatively. Johnson was especially bad...ignorant, crude, racist. Nixon was shown as someone only interested in votes. Fine...it showed democrats to be worse than republicans. And it wasn’t too kind to the Black Panthers either.

But the ending ruined the movie.

The ending showed a lot of Obama ‘O’ symbols and everyone happy...not because a qualified black leader was elected, but because a black skin color was elected.

If shown in the classroom, students will get the impression the election of POTUS is some kind of reward, rather than choosing the best person to lead the country and serve the people.


39 posted on 02/25/2014 4:52:53 AM PST by kidd
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To: Altura Ct.
I could write an interesting post regarding good, primary, textual sources for education about slavery. I could discuss the very serious problems with using popular films as a substitute for teaching. I could go on and on.

That would be a waste of my time and yours. The purpose of "teaching" using this movie is to program the students to accept the government's worldview. What decent people think of as "education" has nothing to do with it.

40 posted on 02/25/2014 5:01:17 AM PST by Tax-chick (I've forgotten most of those languages, but I remember the joke.)
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To: kearnyirish2

I didn’t see that but someone needs to tell a little of the truth about what actually went on in the Northern states. I ran across a web site that showed a lot of horrendous photos of what happened to black people AND WHITES WHO WERE CALLED N——— LOVERS and I was amazed how many of them were identified as being photographed in Illinois and Indiana.

When I think back on the worst of the WHITE racists I have known in the past (by far the majority of the racists I meet now are black) the worst or at least one of the very worst was a man who came from Chicago. No one actually liked him, not white people and certainly not black people, he was utterly despicable. No South Carolina native that I ever knew could come close to him for pure venom directed at someone simply at the sight of dark skin.


41 posted on 02/25/2014 5:02:19 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

“Will it be mentioned that Republicans fought to end slavery while the Democrats fought to retain it?”
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Yes, right after they report that O.J. has found the REAL KILLERS and the REAL birth certificate is shown.


42 posted on 02/25/2014 5:05:55 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

“Will it be mentioned that Republicans fought to end slavery while the Democrats fought to retain it?”
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Yes, right after they report that O.J. has found the REAL KILLERS and the REAL birth certificate is shown.

Or maybe on this date, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9SFtiTWawc


43 posted on 02/25/2014 5:07:49 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Thanks for the citation.

BTTT


44 posted on 02/25/2014 5:31:10 AM PST by jurroppi1
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To: Altura Ct.

Ever wonder where the game “knockout” comes from??

IT’S TAUGHT IN OUR (BLEEPING) SCHOOLS!! BY OUR (BLEEPING) “EDUCATION” SYSTEM.


45 posted on 02/25/2014 5:55:29 AM PST by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, shira is POISON.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Western Civ of the 19th century, however, ended it. No other previous civilization had apparently even considered such a step.

Slavery has been abolished repeatedly throughout world history. It didn't always "stick", though.

Just in Europe, different Popes condemned slavery several times under penalty of excommunication in the 1400s (Sicut Dudum), 1500s (Sublimus Dei), and 1800s (In Supremo Apostolatus & In Plurimis).

This Wikipedia page has a pretty good annotated timeline of the history of abolition. Abolition of slavery time-line^

Slavery ended in the US after the Civil War, but continues today in many places, including various places in Africa, Mauritania, and Bangladesh.

46 posted on 02/25/2014 5:56:28 AM PST by mountainbunny (Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: 21twelve

OK, extra credit for realizing your skill set didn’t match the need on checking your son’s paper.


47 posted on 02/25/2014 5:59:44 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Altura Ct.

The only Americans who owe reparations to the descendants of slaves are the descendants of slave owners. These people are one and the same, i.e., American blacks are a racial mix of white slave owner and black slave. Blacks owe reparations to themselves.


48 posted on 02/25/2014 7:12:22 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: mountainbunny

That all depends on your definition of “slavery.” To my mind it is a legal condition fully enforced by the society’s legal and social codes.

AFAIK, there is no country on earth where slavery, by this definition, is legal. Severe exploitation of vulnerable people, often supported by local traditions, continues in just about all countries, including the USA. In severe cases the condition of those exploited in this way varies little from slavery.

But I think it does make a difference that this exploitation isn’t “legal,” and that at least in this country the law protects the exploited and not the exploiters.


49 posted on 02/25/2014 7:29:31 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Neoliberalnot
Blacks want reparations because whites benefited financially from black slaves. Blacks want their share.

My white ancestors in east Texas before the civil war were slave owners. I found this out in The First Census of Texas 1835. According to the census they owned a horse, a slave and a wooden clock.

Sorry about the slavery but I did not inherit anything from them,not even the wooden clock.

50 posted on 02/25/2014 7:32:45 AM PST by Ditter
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