28 August, 2010

The Value of Humanity



Mississippi is a product of a conflicted past. Marked with glory, chivalry, as well as inhuman brutality; the same can be said for the entire southern United States that made up the Slave States and the Confederate States of America. It amazes me to see relics of the old south, the plantation homes, (Such as Rosalie in Natchez, Mississippi in the photo.) the elegance and wealth that was the Old South. However if you look deeper the truth is easily known, no matter how beautiful or elegant it was… it was built on the backs of people that were not considered people. While I believe that dwelling on past horrors is futile, we must not forget what was done; and we must stop it from happening again. Right now Slavery still exists in some parts of the world, either in the open or behind closed doors, we need to all work together and end this. That is the only way to redeem the sins of the past.

http://www.antislavery.org/
http://www.freetheslaves.net/

5 comments:

Jo said...

Thought provoking post, Grant. Thanks for speaking up against slavery. It's good to see you again. Hope you are well. Thanks for the comment you left on my blog last week. Have a wonderful weekend. Jo

String said...

So true, wow what a mansion. I do recall some sort of analysis on the lives of slaves and how after emancipation many of them were treated very badly/or killed. In effect the belief that people are substandard due to ethnicity or sex didn't change, just the actual right to own them. We have to realize someday that we are all ONE humanity and treat each other accordingly. There is quite a sex slave trade in operation presently. I feel for anyone locked up because of greed or power.

Mel said...

Well said. And well received.

The photo, of course, is gorgeous. Bit hard to embrace that when it's clear at what cost.....

bfarr said...

This is a beautiful shot. Quintessentially southern.

Indian Girl said...

beautiful picture

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