Friday, March 7, 2014

Trying to rewrite history

The internet, social media, etc, has given a voice to many people; freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, even if what you say is dumb (you know it when you see it).

Slavery: 1. The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household.

a. The practice of owning slaves.

b. A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.

I believe the definition is quite clear, so why do some folks feel the need to say something dumb? See below:

“Conservative Mag Slams '12 Years a Slave' for Failing to Portray Happy Slaves”

“The movie portrays slaves being made unhappy by slavery. But that negativity is merely anti-slavery "propaganda," according to James Bowman in conservative magazine The American Spectator:”

“If ever in slavery's 250-year history in North America there were a kind master or a contented slave, as in the nature of things there must have been, here and there, we may be sure that Mr McQueen does not want us to hear about it. This, in turn, surely means that his view of the history of the American South is as partial and one-sided as that of the hated Gone With the Wind.”

“...Yes, there was much cruelty and hardship in the slave-owning South, as there has been in most of the rest of the world most of the time, and Mr. McQueen's camera is all over that. But it strains ordinary credulity to suppose that there was nothing else.”

I have said it before, I am not fond of labels like conservative and liberal, the country right now seems to like to label or mislabel people with an alarming frequency. However, I will attempt to give an appropriate label for this individual trying to re-write history: “dumb”. Happy slavery? Really?

This is a reason why education is so important, critical thinking skills need to be developed at an early age. Stay in school!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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