I never know how to artistically deal with the topic of slavery. I often feel compelled to comment on it in some meaningful way, but what can I really say?
My difficulty with it isn't a white guilt thing. Not that I don't recognize white privilege. No. My reaction is more of a "how the hell did that even happen?" thing. Same goes for the Holocaust. And Apartheid. My brain cannot even process how one group of people somehow gets (takes?) enough power to keep another group completely powerless. HOW. DOES. IT. HAPPEN.
This commentary feels trite. I don't know. I can't even begin to analyze it.
Today's sixty seconds of sound features snippets from a recording made in 1941. An 85-year-old man named Isom Mosely is interviewed after a lifetime of being a slave in Gee's Bend, Alabama.
THE SUNDAY SOUND: August 21, Isom Mosely.
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