Anybody else notice that words just do not have any meaning anymore?
It used to be understood that slaves were people forced into servitude and treated as chattel.
And for those who don’t know, “chattel” is “moveable personal property.”
In other words, slaves were human beings owned by other human beings as property.
But not anymore.
Now slaves are extremely wealthy athletes who don’t like it when employers demand certain behavior from them.
If that’s what slavery is, than everyone who has an employer is a slave.
As I said several weeks ago, Nat Turner didn’t have a multi-million dollar contract to pick cotton. He was owned by another person who treated him as chattel.
Yesterday evening CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted out this quote from Seattle football player Michael Bennett.
Jerry Jones benching protesters reminds @mosesbread72 of Dred Scott: “You're property; so you don't have the ability to be a person first.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 18, 2017
So football players are just like slaves.
Honestly, this is the most absurd statement I have ever seen.
And the fact that Jake Tapper tweeted this out without even a hint of incredulity is mystifying.
Now, either Bennett is an uneducated idiot or he thinks everybody else is an uneducated idiot.
Dred Scott was a slave owned by an Army surgeon who traveled with him to states and territories where slaves had been emancipated.
So after his owner died, Scott sued for his freedom citing that he had lived for years in emancipated states.
But the Supreme Court ruled against him. Their ruling stated simply that because he was not a citizen, but property, he didn’t have standing to sue.
It is probably one of the most despicable Supreme Court decisions ever. (And one of the reasons many of us do not believe the Supreme Court should be treated as the final word on our Constitutional rights.)
Now, tell me, Michael.
What part of Dred Scott’s life mirrors your own?
Are you owned by an NFL team or do you simply have a contract to play in exchange for monetary compensation?
Are you not considered a citizen of the United States?
What about Jerry Jones’ decision to bench any player who does not stand for the National Anthem reminds you of Dred Scott?
Other than they both occurred in the United States, I can’t find anything.
Dred Scott was not a contracted employee who was paid millions of dollars.
He was a slave who was paid nothing because he wasn’t seen as an employee, but as property.
So unless you’re claiming that NFL players are uncompensated chattel, what the hell is your point?
They're getting paid millions. It's called having a boss and being employed. This is crap. https://t.co/5UCEqqvdhf
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 18, 2017
It's just like slavery except for the whole it not being remotely like slavery in any sense whatsoever thing https://t.co/4WbO5X6twJ
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 18, 2017
Guy who gets paid millions of dollars to play a kid's game gets told what to do by his boss, decides: "This must be what slavery was like!" pic.twitter.com/2uWA9C9TUN
— J Burton (@JBurtonXP) October 19, 2017
Bennett has every right to find a new job. Dred Scott did not. "Four Pinocchios." https://t.co/MHYn5A8ZDQ
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) October 19, 2017
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) October 19, 2017
Since slavery by definition is forced servitude where people are treated like property, how on earth can somebody who is richly compensated for his work be a slave?
Michael Bennett received a free ride to go to college. Slaves, on the other hand, were not permitted to even learn to read or write.
And despite his being given a chance to attend university, Michael Bennett is deeply ignorant of history and facts. It isn’t because he wasn’t permitted to be educated, but because he chose not to be.
Slaves weren’t given that choice at all.
If anything, the fact that Bennett can get away with saying something so horribly stupid is more of an indictment of our public education system than anything else.
Because words no longer have meaning.
Historical context is non-existent.
And honest debate is impossible.
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