Why 12 Years a Slave is Not Where it Ends.

Paradigm Stretch

Sitting with my wife watching Twelve Years a Slave, a moving account of a man kidnapped and forced into slavery in the early years of the 19th century (this tale being so compelling it brought my wife to tears), a true tale of mans capacity to inflict near on unspeakable pain and anguish upon his fellow being all I could think was, ‘Thank goodness these times of limited intellectual and moral capacity are behind us. Slavery is long gone, and we are now living a far more just and fulfilling life as a result.” How I wish at times that this was where my thoughts ended.

12 years a slave

As the actor Michael Fassbender, whom plays the character of Edwin Epps, a slaveowner who feels he’s well within his right, and within the law, takes his whip to the young, beautiful Lupita Nyong’o’s character, Patsy in the film, I couldn’t help but feel that…

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