English 11 A H
February 20th, 2014
Being controlled by someone is an issue that all Americans have because as Americans especially in New Hampshire “Live Free or Die” is the motto. This motto has taken an unfortunate twist in the past as well as now. The mistreatment of others has been one of the biggest topics on the news in 2014-2015. Discrimination because of race, gender and orientation had always been a problem in that past, and it is still problematic issue in today’s culture. In recent days there have been great deal clashes with law enforcement because of color discrimination. Whether right or wrong, many people believe that color of skin played an important role in these fatal decisions. The difference of skin color was the reason that slavery existed in the past but in today’s world slavery exists because of the venerability and manipulation of children and women. Many don’t think that slavery exists in today’s world but that is completely false. The new slavery which is prominent in today’s world is human trafficking, it involves capturing women and children and selling them as sex slaves or servants. Different from the past slavery, human trafficking involves many twists but also many similarities to slavery in the past. Even though slavery was prominent in the past, human trafficking, a new type of slavery with similar qualities, is rising up affecting a larger number of people. One race discriminating against another race is the reason why slavery existed in the past. Slavery started off as a minor issue in the 1600’s but became a debatable subject in the1800’s. Debatable or not, slavery is a major issue that many people overlook because of the cultural norms during that time period. The norms being, all African Americans worked on farms or in their “masters” house, workers being treated unfairly etc. The slaves worked long hours and preformed arduous tasks for many years under the control of their masters. These jobs soon became careers for those who were bought by their “masters”. With almost 1/3 of all southern families owning a slave, slavery was spreading fast and it affected many people while it continued to spread (“10 Statistics”). These southern families or “Slave owners sought to make their slaves completely dependent on them, and a system of restrictive codes governed life among slaves” (“Slavery”). Brainwashing the slaves into thinking that they were below them was one of the ways the white man gained control of the African Americans. That control which was taken advantage of, is what led to many deaths and battles. These battles are still going on today, because of the discrimination of others and the rift in the relationship between whites and colored. The mistreatment and trials of the slaves in the past stand in the way of peace between the whites and blacks. An example of hostility in today’s world because of slavery is the shootings of black teen who was unarmed by a white police officer. Whether right or wrong, many people believe the police officer discriminated against the black teen. This issue caused an outcry for justice and peace between the whites and blacks. The slavery which was prominent in the past has carried some similarities into modern day slavery which is seeping into the culture. The modern slavery of human trafficking, on the contrary, involves capturing and selling women and children for the purpose of sex and labor. When a human is trafficked, they are being stripped of their freedom and their life. The trafficked person is either captured or kidnaped and sold to another person as sex slave or a labor worker. With over 27 million people being trafficked every year, this new slavery has become a lucrative business for those in the business with a total market value of $32 billion dollars every year (Cullen). The figures stated above include children and women, the two most trafficked people in the world because of...
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