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December 18, 2013

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These posts are very interesting. One thing to add. I was watching an interview on television where a nationally-renowned historian was recounting something about a man (not the protagonist of this film) who had been enslaved. Instead of referring to him as a "slave," he instead repeatedly called him "an enslaved man." What a subtle distinction, but also one that speaks volumes about how we may collectively view this shameful period and the people (not "slaves") who endured it. Ever since then, I have made a concerted effort not to refer to people as "slaves," but instead as "enslaved people."

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