Recently on the corporate media channel CBS, Smiley said,
“America has, of course, made great strides for freedom in regard to all of its citizens. But now America has regressed, and poverty is the new slavery,”
However, I have to disagree with Mr. Smiley labeling poverty the new slavery and America making “great strides” in freedom for everyone. People should be very careful in comparing anything to what enslaved Africans and their descendants had to endure at the hands of some of the most wicked people on earth. Yes, poverty is a very real issue for many people in America, not just black people and while poverty has increased in America and the worst it has been since 1965, it is not the “new slavery” and millions are losing their freedom everyday.
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