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Title: The 1619 project: The NY Times dedicates an issue to the legacy of slavery
Post by: superdave on August 19, 2019, 01:48:53 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html
I've only just read the first piece so far but it's pretty effective, damning and brutal.  The legacy of slavery will be a burden that will harm this country for many years to come and ignorance of it's effects enable people to cite statistics about poverty as though they are racial rather than conditional.
Title: Re: The 1619 project: The NY Times dedicates an issue to the legacy of slavery
Post by: superdave on August 19, 2019, 02:10:45 PM
I was less impressed with the second article which tries to tie modern capitalism to slavery.  I don't think his arguments were sound as similarities between the markets today and the slave driven cotton market can be explained by the fact that all markets have to follow the principal of economics no matter their details.  But a secondary argument made is more effective, that capitalism can lead to exploiting lower classes.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/slavery-capitalism.html
Title: Re: The 1619 project: The NY Times dedicates an issue to the legacy of slavery
Post by: superdave on August 19, 2019, 02:26:16 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/racial-differences-doctors.html

many modern spirometers (a device to measure lung capacity) still incorrectly correct for false race differences.  That's shocking. Under or overestimating lung capacity could be very dangerous depending on the circumstances.