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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Allan Richardson

    Funny cartoon! For the young folks, that penultimate frame is from an old folk song; I don’t know if it has a racist history or not. If may have originated with IRISH slaves, guessing from the melody (yes, the Irish were enslaved by the English also).

  • Charles van Rotterdam

    The tale of the Irish slaves is rooted in a false conflation of
    indentured servitude and chattel slavery. These are not the same.
    Indentured servitude was a form of bonded labour, whereby a migrant
    agreed to work for a set period of time (between two and seven years)
    and in return the cost of the voyage across the Atlantic was covered.
    Indentured servitude was a colonial innovation that enabled many to
    emigrate to the New World while providing a cheap and white labour force
    for planters and merchants to exploit.