How can Americans support slave labor?

Two things happened on May 10 that have a connection most people in the United States either ignore or are unaware of. Once upon a time, the new tower being built to replace the towers destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, was called the “Freedom Tower.” The name has been changed, but when the spire was added, the final height was a symbolic 1,776 feet. In Bangladesh, though more than a thousand perished in the sweat shop collapse, a survivor was found.

Generations have been taught that symbolic date of 1776 as the beginning of freedom for the colonies that became the United States. The Constitution, which came later, is held dear by today’s politicians when it suits their fancy. The country for which the Constitution was written was 90 percent rural. Freedom for slaves, who were counted as three-fifths of a person for census purposes in the plantation states, was still 90 years in the future. No one considered a corporation a person. The natural resources and fertile soil provided abundance for the growing population. Problems have always arisen when certain segments have gained too much control of the wealth for themselves.

The demise of the United States as a wealthy country follows the demise of the family farm. As the percentage of money from agriculture in the GDP dwindled, the country could no longer afford its domestic factory workers. We may currently be commemorating the Civil War of 150 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped us from finding new slaves elsewhere.

Marlene Schotz