15.03.2017

Michael Weinman on race and social injustice in the USA (Public Seminar)


Michael Weinman has just written a piece on the controversy surrounding the comments made by Secretary Carson (and President Obama) comparing Africans shipped across the Atlantic as slaves to "other" immigrants for Public Seminar.

He asks "Why does this matter so much?" and suggests that:

"It matters because it displays our incapacity to see enslaved persons — especially those who were captured and shipped across the ocean, but also their descendants — as persons who were deprived of their personhood. We want so badly to redeem American history and our cultural and political heritage that we blind ourselves to what is irredeemable in that past. No, enslaved persons were not immigrants."

Link to piece