[Ads-l] "slave"

Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU
Wed Aug 31 13:51:05 UTC 2016

Just a minor correction, JL. From a historical perspective, there were 
enslaved Africans, not enslaved African Americans during the colonial 
history of the US or of the 13 English colonies. During that time the 
class of Americans was very restricted, even some Europeans did not 
count as Americans.


On 8/31/2016 7:06 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Former tennis star James Blake has explained to CNN that "The Star-Spangled
> Banner" is "a song that advocates the killing of slaves."
> The "hireling and slave" in the song, of course, are not enslaved
> African-Americans but redcoats, Hessian mercenaries, and cringing Tories.
> Proof? Read the lyrics.
> Of course, as D----d T---p has demonstrated, words don't mean much anymore.
> JL

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