In 1865, the 13th amendment outlawing slavery was enacted, meaning that it was illegal across the US to own, possess or buy and sell human beings. But just because it was federal law, the amendment wasn’t ratified by all the states. For Mississipi, it took late last year, reminded by the film ‘Lincoln’, to officially ratify the 13th amendment. Welcome to the 19th century.
Exactly 150 years ago today, on January 1 1863, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, freeing the slaves in the rebellious southern states and laying the groundwork for a complete abolition of slavery in the United States. And 150 years later, America’s first black president marked the historic anniversary.
Adidas accused of invoking slavery with its new shoes, but the fact is that they’re just fucking hideous
Adidas recently announced a new pair of mid-top sneakers, which wouldn’t be normally that big of a deal except that these shoes, the JS Roundhouse Mids come with plastic orange shackles on them, and that’s got people’s panties in a bunch, claiming that Adidas is promoting and honoring slavery. I doubt they were thinking slavery, but someone should still be fired for designing these shoes just because they’re ugly as hell.
"In 1863 and 1864, eight former slaves toured the northern states to raise money for impoverished African-American schools in New Orleans; four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions were deliberately included to evoke sympathy from white northerners. Photographs of Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs, and Augusta Broujey were mass-produced and sold as part of the campaign."
In hindsight, maybe a 3rd grade math test about picking cotton and beating slaves wasn’t such a good idea
In Gwinnett County, Georgia, an investigation has been launched into why a third grade teacher gave her students a math test peppered with questions like “How much cotton can a slave pick?” and “How many beatings should a slave get per week?”
The Daily Mail loses their mind because players in Star Wars: TOR have the option of electrocuting a female slave
People being enslaved periodically is part of the Star Wars universe. Hell, there’s an entire industry around making Slave Leia costumes for unimaginative women who go to nerd cons. But in Star Wars: The Old Republic, if you’re a Sith, you’re given a character named Vette whom you can either treat kindly or torture.
I’m a bit slow to send this through as I learned of it first thing this morning at work, but thought it worthy of IHC.
Four men and a woman have been arrested in the UK over allegations that they held at least twenty four men against their will at a farm/traveller settlement in Bedfordshire.
There’s a video going around that’s a fake trailer, a pretty well-made fake trailer for Slavery: The Game. And the fake game company, Javelin Reds, has a fake website. So it’s much more than just a Something Awful-style photoshop, it’s a whole thing to try and make you think there’s such a game coming out in 2012.
Robber who broke into hair salon is beaten by its black-belt owner and kept as a sex slave for three days and fed only Viagra
If you’re going to rob a salon in Russia, be prepared for the remote, but real possibility that you could be robbing a salon run by a martial arts black belt who’s going to beat the fuck out of you, feed you Viagra and keep you as a sex slave. Because in Russia, salon rob you.