March 14, 2014
Re "Dim view of orca bill in San Diego," March 9 Breeding, capturing, selling or imprisoning orcas should be banned. Most of all, forcing them to perform should be illegal. These magnificent denizens of the deep (and not of Sea World's shallow ponds) are the slaves of the animal world. Forced to perform unnatural acts for food and care, they are far from freedom in the pods to which they belong. The excuse that they are essential to the economy of San Diego is akin to one of the excuses for the sorry chapter of our past known as slavery.
February 18, 2013 |
Mississippi forgot something. Fully 148 years after the end of the Civil War and the U.S. end to slavery, the state has officially ratified the 13th Amendment ban on the practice. The state thought the amendment had already been ratified by its Legislature. Turns out it hadn't, at least in the eyes of federal record-keepers. "It was never transmitted to the national archivist to be put on the record," Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the Mississippi secretary of state, told The Times.
June 18, 2012 |
Barraged by expressions of outrage, Adidas announced Monday evening that it's pulling a shoe design that critics say evokes slavery. The design, by eccentric Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott, features a plastic set of shackles. Initially it was met with disbelief, then fury, especially in online arenas. On Twitter, the shoes were labeled "Adidas slave shackle kicks. " Talk of a boycott arose. Early Monday, Adidas defended the shoes as the handiwork of a whimsical designer.
October 25, 1998
Slavery is not entertaining, but then again, every movie isn't meant to entertain ("How Entertaining Is Slavery?" by Greg Braxton, Oct. 18). We all need to realize that movies teach, inform and disturb. It's an art form and art is supposed to wake us up, maybe show us something that we didn't know before we came in contact with it. Braxton tells the story of the African American woman who ran out of the theater during "Amistad." The Middle Passage scenes of slaves being whipped, starved, abused and murdered on a slave ship are horrifying.
July 11, 2008
Re "No way that China will settle for silver," July 8 Let's get this straight: 6- and 7-year-olds are "plucked" from their families, spend years and years in intense training and are expected to do what they're told without complaining -- with little or no say on whether they'd like to participate in this quest for "national glory." Sounds like some form of slavery to me. Or, at the very least, a human rights violation. With China's dismal human rights record, why on Earth was it awarded an Olympic Games in the first place?
May 9, 2002
The American public appears to be almost completely in the dark concerning a worldwide problem: slavery. "Smuggling by Airline Guards Feared" (May 6) states, "In one LAX case two years ago, two employees of a security firm pleaded guilty to federal charges for trying to smuggle in three Thai women who arrived as transit passengers on a Korean Air flight from Seoul. "The scheme, foiled by the employees' supervisor, involved swapping the women--allegedly destined for employment at a massage parlor--with three impostors who were to take their outbound seats.