Well, You’ve Watered Down ‘Racism’ To The Point It’s Utterly Meaningless…

…so why not do the same to ‘slavery’?

What many of those we spoke to in Ireland during the year-long investigation found hard to accept was that some of the exploitation reported to us might be a problem of slavery, although human rights groups and the seafarers’ union are convinced that is what it is. African and Asian workers wanted to come, they said. Employers were doing them a favour. They were happy to live on trawlers – even though the pay was often a fraction of what locals might earn for the same work – because it was nevertheless more than they could ever earn at home. They might be working illegally and be undocumented, but they were friends, like family. That can’t be slavery, surely?

Well, no. Not until you stretch the definition out of all meaning, anyway.

Most of the migrant workers we interviewed, by contrast, conveyed a sense of constant fear, feeling trapped by their lack of immigration status. They also conveyed a sense of deep degradation. We did not attempt to put figures on the scale of trafficking – measuring something that is hidden and illegal is, by definition, impossible. Any figures that do emerge should, like all statistics on irregular immigration, be treated with caution. Undocumented migrant workers who are being exploited tend not to appear on the mandatory crew logs. Some talked clearly, however, of being treated as though they were less than human, or as second-class citizens.

There are quite a few people who feel that way about their jobs. Are they now ‘slaves’?

To think so would be utterly absurd, but then, this is the ‘Guardian’…

Legal definitions of slavery have changed. New legislation in the UK and amended legislation in Ireland aims to recognise that slavery today is not limited to chattel slavery and violent control. The new laws recognise that victims may have consented to their initial journeys, and that control may be exercised in other ways than the physical.

*sighs*

A huge cultural shift is still needed to recognise the phenomenon of modern slavery for what it is. The words we use matter because those who do not recognise it are, in effect, saying: we pay them enough for who they are.

That long march through the institutions continues.

3 comments for “Well, You’ve Watered Down ‘Racism’ To The Point It’s Utterly Meaningless…

  1. Lord T
    November 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    We are all slaves then.

    I live in constant fear that the government will tax me more and amend the laws so they can tax things twice then visit my house and take what they see is theirs.

    I didn’t even consent to this tax in the first place. It was assumed I would consent and when I stopped work and tried to claim on the insurance that I had been paying for decades they told me I couldn’t have it because I had filled the forms out incorrectly, well, that wasn’t their exact words but when I got to the bottom of it I was a white male with no kids and meant I got nothing.

    At least now my plight has been recognised. I’m sure the SJWs will be right alone to fix it.

  2. Hereward Unbowed.
    November 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    And the antidote to all this ‘slavery’?

    According to my Graun sources,

    “take all the stress away and don’t make them have to work”

    Because…………………..

    “allow them as many benefits as they need and then don’t make them feel unwanted and mistrusted thus, keeping them tucked away in council run gated communities ref Tower Hamlets… where they can indulge their primitive practises as often as they like and far away from the opinions of and all those nasty evil, howid “slave masters” – aka Taxpayers”

  3. November 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    There is no one in the public sphere to call time on this sort of c***, to say enough, no redefinitions, back to what they mean in the dictionary. They all seem to egg each other on to further inanities.

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