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We have a very dark past – Daily Lesson – Feb 1st 2014

Today I watch the film 12 Years a Slave. The movie is outstanding!

It’s a true story based on a memoir, written by Solomon Northup, a free black man in the early 1800’s from New York, who gets kidnaped and traded as a slave in the south.

It was graphic and at some points difficult to watch.

I’ve heard and read many stories about slavery before. But I am not sure if I have ever heard of a personal account so explicit and raw.

I am grateful to live in the society that I live in. We have some problems, true. We can do better, sure. But all in all, we live in a country where everyone is free to exist, to do what we want, to fail, to succeed, to just be average, on our own accord.

I learned today, that no matter how crappy it might feel sometimes, we come from a very dark and terrible past, and we should be grateful for what we have, and we should work together to keep making it better, by accepting our diversity and understanding our differences, always with respect, equality and justice, because we are really not that different from each other.

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