Here at Confederate Colonel, we often discuss the topic of slavery. It is what The South has been hammered with for over a century and a half, so we certainly have every right to stand up and offer a rebuttal to false charges – and provide context for legitimate charges. At no time have we ever trivialized slavery. It is a serious topic and deserves to be discussed as such. Some folks, however, seem to enjoy the “victim” status of having the same skin color as most slaves throughout history – no matter how shameless it may be.
Just how far are some people willing to take the “slavery” allusion? How about Vikings player Adrian Peterson who is set to make a base salary of $10.72 million in 2011 playing the “slavery” game. The topic is the collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players union. Here is what he said in an interview posted at TwinCities.com:
When discussing other players feeling the same way, Peterson said: “It’s modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too.
Peterson the slave was unavailable for further comment – he and other NFL players are currently in Africa on a “goodwill tour”.
This is what happens when people are allowed to get away with using “hot button words” without being challenged. The same thing has happened to the word “racist” – a word that used to have a specific meaning, but now means anything that a white person does that is not sufficiently obsequious to blacks.