Slavery In The Present Day

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Forms of Slavery in The Present Day “Slavery is theft -- theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.”, claimed Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham. Based on the quote said by Kevin Wales, I could interpret that slavery is a system that plundered away human rights, the rights that are fundamental to every human beings in order to survive and succeed in this world. In the Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, he illustrated that slavery in the early era was inherently barbaric and despicable (such as the abuse of women, dehumanizing, and stripping off black people’s identity). The most tragic fact was that slavery had…show more content…
In general, police holds the authority to maintain the safety and prosperity of the citizens. In fact, there are a lot of misconduct done by the police officers particularly towards black people, which led to the issue of police brutality. According to American Journal Public Health, “Black men are three times more likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men” (CNN). Recalling the incident of Oscar Grant, when he was on his way back from San Francisco to Oakland after the New Year’s day, he was fatally shot by BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle, because the officer mistakenly thought that Grant was reaching out for his gun to the fact that Grant was unarmed (Wikipedia). Under this circumstance, this signifies that police officer treats black people with hostility. This hostility act from the police officer towards Oscar Grant reminds me of the former slavery. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass reveals the story of a slave named Demby, who was shot by his master because he was trying to escape from the torture of Mr.Gore (Chapter 4). At this point, Grant is the resemblance of Demby when he was shot. Demby was scared and afraid that he decided not to obey the slave owner because he thought that by giving up his body to the master could get him into a greater torture, thus, he decided to go against his master’s order. While, the master shot Demby because he feared that Demby would pose a bad example to the other slaves. Same goes to the Grant’s case, the police officer shot Grant because he feared that Grant was going to hurt the crowds in the BART Train Station. Thereby, fear as the main reason in both cases reflects the characteristic of slavery. In the other hand, black people as a victim
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