- A couple in their 60s was arrested in London for holding three women as slaves for 30 years. Police say the women — one 69, one 57, and one 30 — had been brainwashed and kept in “invisible handcuffs.” The youngest woman had allegedly spent her entire life inside the house. Eventually one of the women saw a program about forced marriage on TV and memorized the phone number for a help hotline mentioned on the show. [New York Times]
- Graphic anti-abortion mailers are targeting doctors throughout Texas. [My San Antonio] Keep reading »
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“Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” Parody Posted To Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital YouTube Page, Is Removed Following Backlash
If you’ve been on Twitter in the last 24 hours, you might have noticed something interesting — “Harriet Tubman” is trending. Why? The famous abolitionist, who escaped from slavery and then helped over 300 other slaves escape using the Underground Railroad, was the subject of a “spoof” video that was posted to Russell Simmons’ new All Def Digital YouTube channel yesterday. “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” features YouTube actress Shanna Malcolm, as Tubman, having sex with her white “Massa” (master) while a fellow slave records the encounter to use as blackmail, so that Tubman can run the Underground Railroad.
“This our only chance to getting freedoms,” Malcolm, as Tubman, tells her fellow slave.
Yesterday, Simmons promoted the video on Twitter, describing it as “the funniest thing I’ve ever seen,” but the backlash was swift and fierce, and Tubman’s name started to trend as critics expressed their outrage that the video desecrated the abolitionist’s memory, and made light of the rampant rape and sexual abuse that went on during slavery. Eventually Simmons pulled the video from YouTube and posted an apology of sorts to his website Global Grind. Critics, including the NAACP, said the video Keep reading »
When we think of slavery, most Americans likely consider the slave history of our own country. We relegate slavery to the past, believing that such a barbaric concept couldn’t ever exist in our current world.
We were wrong.
Slavery is alive and well, and happening in more places than you think. There are 27 million slaves in the world today, involved in a variety of industries and in a multitude of countries. There’s the forced prostitution and trafficking of women around the world; the men forced to work in the copper, diamond and coltan mines in the Congo; and the trafficked migrant workers of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
But that’s just a fraction of the slave and indentured labor that happens all over the world, employed to create products and services we use every day. Keep reading »
Slavery is alive and well and happening in upstate New York, if the story of Annie George (pictured) and Valsamma Mathai is to be believed. Mathai, who worked for George in her 30,000 square foot Rexford, New York, mansion for 6-1/2 years, says she was forced to work 12-hour days and was not allowed to leave. George, she claims, kept her passport and visa, and forced her to sleep in the walk-in closet of a room inhabited by some of George’s five children.
And you’ll never guess who ratted George out… Keep reading »
Tactics used by anti-abortion groups just keep getting uglier. The latest “ugh!” is courtesy of the Radiance Foundation, whose new billboards target black women and read “The 13th Amendment freed us. Abortion enslaved us” and “Abortion makes three-fifths human seem overly generous.” The billboards purposefully appeared on June 19, or Juneteenth, which is the anniversary of the end of slavery in America. Said Ryan Scott Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation:
“When you look at what abortion has brought to the black community, it can’t be typified to anything other than present-day slavery. It’s just like slavery, because you have a class of people who are considered less than human, and therefore they can be treated like property.”
Why, yes, having reproductive rights is just like slavery. Keep reading »
- Radio host Glenn Beck compared abortion to slavery. (Wait, yesterday I thought abortion was genocide?) We have no words to describe how offensive this is to actual slaves and descendants of slaves, not to mention women who have terminated a pregnancy for any reason. [Media Matters]
- According to new Census data on income, poverty in America has hit a 15-year high and the number of working women has fallen by 1.3 million in three years. [Reuters]
- There will be no bond for the 26-year-old North Carolina man accused of describing on Facebook how to make explosives to bomb an abortion clinic. [WNCT.com]