Twelve Years A Slave -- the book

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    This is a hard book to read, hard because of the inhumanity of how people treat other people.

    When I saw the movie I thought, as bad as slavery is portrayed in this movie I expect it was worse. From the writing of Solomon Northup of his experiences it was much worse. Born in the state of New York he was a free Black man. Kidnapped in Washington, DC he was taken to New Orleans and sold into slavery. It was very providential that he was found and freed.

    As I said, this is a tough book to read, but one that everyone should read.
     
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    First off, your tense is incorrect. You said "how people treat other people"; based on the timing of the book, you should have said "treated other people."

    If you want to take on the sins of the past, that's up to you. If you want to indicate that the book reflects how people are being treated TODAY, then be prepared to provide proof.
     
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    duplicate, deleted.
     
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    Slavery, in various forms, is alive and well in our world today.

    1. Trafficking of women ... trafficking is simply a word for transporting to slavery
    2. Trafficking of children
    3. Enslavement of "guest workers."
    4. Enslavement of domestic workers in Saudi Arabia and other mid-East countries.
    5. Enslavement of children in sweat shops in various countries

    The list could go on.


     
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    You are right Crabby. Slavery is at it's worst right now, we just don't see it. I watched the movie on Saturday and it was very depressing and sad. I find it so hard to believe anyone could treat another person in such a way. Notice I didn't say "treated" although it fits as well.
     
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    Please provide the examples of these in the United States. I'm well aware this occurs in other nations, especially third-world nations.

    Wow. Do you actually realize that the article identifies that suppliers to Walmart are abusing the H-2B visa program, and not Walmart themselves? This article, however, makes Walmart out to be the "evil" employer for using suppliers that are violating those rules. By that logic, our current government--including our sitting President--should be behind bars for allowing legislation that continues the abuse of the H-2B program.

    Why didn't this article actually name those hotels and those suppliers? I want to see some names, so I can start an effort to actually boycott those firms. I imagine I'd get a LOT of support within 24 hours when it's made public what they're doing.

    How come we didn't get that information in this article? But instead received a lot of innuendo and stories from abused workers? Is it because the reporter doesn't actually have evidence, other than the abused workers? And therefore would be sued for slander and libel by those companies?
     
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    Read the article at the link below. The link would not allow me to post information from the article.

    http://www.caseact.org/learn/humantrafficking/

    Other examples are below, but it is not an exhaustive list of references.





    If Walmart know their suppliers are guilty of trafficking and does not cut off those suppliers then they are guilty of aiding and abetting the slave trade.

    Ask the author. How would I know why the author did or did not provide specific information. It is an article, not a book.

    Do some searches and you can probably find the information you seek.

    Do you mean that the witness of abused workers is worthless? What good are witnesses in court cases.

    The article is not an encyclopedia. It is an article.
     

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