I’ve got 280,898 new reasons to read more books about slavery, historical and contemporary, non-fiction and fiction.
(That’s how many individuals in this particular state think slavery is appropriate in some fashion. But millions of people are supporting the institution of slavery and not necessarily in favour of legislation like this: through the shrimp on their plates, the elements in their mobile devices, the coffee and chocolate consumed ubiquitously, and the throwaway fashion and denim in closets and drawers. These 280,898 people are not alone.)
Over the holidays, I read Kevin Bale’s Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World, which was both fascinating and inspiring.
Colson Whitehead’s novel considers the engine of slavery running beneath many flourishing economies, past and present. I don’t want to broach spoilery territory, but Whitehead’s story has a timeless element that urges readers to peer more closely.