We have already shown you how the "New Mules" called BARD and the "Big Mule Coalition" tie together. Now we are going to take that a step further and use history to give you another perspective to look at the issue with. If you will free your mind and contemplate it, the rest will follow.
Something occurred in Alabama after the War Between the States and continued up until the 1940s that was known as "Slavery By Another Name." A book has been written on it with the same title, and worth reading to fully understand Alabama's early industrial historic attitude towards human rights; there were none. (Links to the right)
"New Slavery" was the forcing of blacks into industrial servitude, which demanded a cheap and continuous labor force to work the mills and factories. Any digression that could even be considered a crime was enough to have them forced into these factories to pay off their debts; whatever the fine was as well as the paying off the sheriffs fees and any witnesses against them. Many did not survive their sentence and died within a month or two.
Some of these companies were part of the "Big Mule Coalition" and have roots in today's "New Mules":
US Steel was by far one of the worst offenders in the book.
US Steel is a BARD member today.
One could argue that with such a long and scurrilous reputation for taking advantage of a particular group of people, as the "Big Mules" did, that those long standing ingrained philosophies are no different with the "New Mules"; they have just taken another form.
The twenty first century and current human rights attitudes would not allow such atrocities to happen in the present, but it is replaced by another type of new slavery committed by the "New Mules" in the form of coercion of political figures through bribery, pushing their way into communities and the forcing those citizens live with their environmental assaults and/or dangers. Some do not survive those sentences either, but most of them die years after.
There are two black members of the official city boards who have done nothing to help their own, and turned a deaf ear to the concerns of the folks on the River Loop, despite their pleas for help. One is related to the families there. They appear to be actively campaigning for the quarry at every step. Why? What is the difference between those actions now and the actions of the masters from the past?
This quarry is being placed contiguous to the River Loop residents and their church. Most of these residents, as it already been reported, are black. No one, it seems is thinking about their human rights in present day Alabama, certainly not Stephen Bradley and company.
One form of servitude replaces another in the name of profit at any cost.
POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS A NATIONWIDE ISSUE AFFECTING ALL OF US. ALABAMA RANKS #5 AS THE MOST CORRUPT STATE. *DOJ 2007 stats
Something is very wrong in the Land of Cotton
PERTINENT ENVIRONMENTAL AND CORRUPTION ISSUES IN OTHER STATES ARE ALSO DISCUSSED
NO OTHER COMMUNITY, RICH OR POOR, URBAN OR SUBURBAN,BLACK, BROWN,RED, YELLOW OR WHITE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BECOME AN "ENVIRONMENTAL SACRIFICE ZONE."
Dr. Robert Bullard
Environmental Justice Movement Founder
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