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  •  In the diarist's analogy, the modern prison (8+ / 0-)

    does not correspond to Auschwitz; rather, the 19th-century slave plantation corresponds to Auschwitz.

    The point is that it would be unthinkable to transform Auschwitz into a prison camp, but somehow it's A-okay to transform a slave plantation into a prison camp, and a pretty damned awful one at that; and that what makes it A-okay is that, regardless of the progress we've made, Americans really still have not faced up to the reality of the Peculiar Institution and how it continues to inform and instruct our power elites (and in particular, our southern power elites) in the matter of what is and is not acceptable in the treatment of human beings who are put under the control of state-sanctioned institutions.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:30:24 AM PST

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