Friday, July 10, 2015

The Confederate Flag

So, I'm not actually going to delve into my opinion about whether or not the confederate flag is a "racist symbol" or not, because honestly it doesn't matter. It's a stupid thing to be arguing about.

What I would like to do instead is talk to you about slavery. No, not the slavery that was supposedly abolished on January 31st, 1865.

I'd like to talk to you about modern day slavery, or contemporary slavery. A rough estimate (since slaves don't usually come forward and fill out census information) is that there are between 21 million, and 29 million people living as slaves today. Yeah, I said MILLION, and no I'm not kidding.

So if a flag can make you so angry that you need to picket, how come this can't?

So here are some quick facts:

Contemporary slavery is a $35 billion a YEAR industry.

Mauritania was the last country to abolish slavery, in 2007. Meaning if you're reading this, there were probably legal slaves in your lifetime. Where is your outrage?

In India an estimated 14 million people are living as slaves.

China has an estimated 2.9 million.

Pakistan enslaves approximately 2.1 million.

There are in fact modern day slaves, in America. Check out Ima's story here. Or "Jane's" story here.

If these facts haven't moved you in any way, then I guess continue to go about your day as usual, knowing in your heart that I think you're a terrible human being.
If you wanna maybe, not lack a soul entirely, go to or and get involved in helping to stop this before it gets worse. 

It isn't about black or white, or some stupid flag being sold in Walmart, or on Amazon. It's about human rights, and how we all deserve them. 

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