Student Gives "Is Slavery Always Bad?" Presentation

| by Sheena Vasani

Many are outraged after a white student gave a presentation questioning whether or not slavery was that bad.

"YALL AINT GONNA BELIEVE WHAT THE WHITE CHICK IN MY CLASS DECIDED TO PRESENT," read the tweet written alongside a photo of the presentation before her account was removed, The Root reports.

It is unclear whether or not the original poster deleted her account or Twitter removed it. It's also not certain if the student was referring to American slavery, another country's slavery or even ancient times.

"Slaves would be beneficial for some companies due to faster work performance," reads one of the girl's arguments for slavery.

"Slavery can be viewed as an opportunity to pay off debt," reads another.

The girl also added that not all slaves were treated as poorly as others; some were given attention and many were fed, clothed and given shelter.

Arguments against slavery included the fact that "sometimes" they were horribly beaten and not allowed freedom, families were separated and lastly, that such a system "goes against human rights."

Many were appalled by the presentation.

"I am very sorry anyone is trapped in a school that would think this presentation was okay to give!," wrote one user.

Some responded with satire, with one user simply erasing most of the text so it read: "Is Slavery Always Bad? Yes."

For many, the presentation was a reminder of Bill O'Reilly's controversial statements in July that American slaves were "well-fed."

O'Reilly made the comments after Michelle Obama's speech endorsing Hillary Clinton, in which she mentioned how slaves built the White House, The New York Times reports.

“Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802,” O'Reilly remarked afterwards, which to some sounded like he was trying to minimize the suffering of slaves. “However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working, as well.”

When others responded with criticism, arguing he was promoting the myth that slaves were content with their lot, he lashed back stating it was "a given that slavery is an abomination" but defended his comments.

“As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and other staples, also decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building,” he said.

“That is a fact. Not a justification, not a defense of slavery,” O’Reilly added.

Sources: The Root, anorlondo/TwitterThe New York Times / Photo credits: FactSlides.comThe Root, anorlondo/Twitter

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