“we could run away
maybe make a change
get back on our feet again
maybe make it home again
baby in the twilight
we could break out
buy ourselves a cadillac
never turn around
we could run away
and be on our own again”—
in the 21st century, we still haven’t abolished slavery.
after all the history classes we’ve had to take, i’ve always thought that since african americans are no longer enslaved in our country, slavery no longer exists. picking cotton and being whipped on plantations in our history books is how i’ve always pictured slavery; blacks working for the whites, blacks being hurt by the whites. and since we don’t see that anymore, slavery must be dead.
but today we still have 27 million slaves worldwide.
these slaves have no voice. i am just one girl and i have no idea how i can help this, but even in the smallest way possible, i will try to be her voice. the innocent girl who is living an unfathomable nightmare right now. it is a silent, hidden trade. so many of us seem blind to this right now, and until recently, i was included. when jokes were made in one of my classes about ‘pimping’ not being that big of a problem, i voiced what i knew. no one really got it, my teacher included, and the word ‘pimp’ was and is still thrown around as a joke. because so many of us don’t know what that word means to 27 million people.
we are their voices, their keys to freedom & it is up to us who are free that by the 21st century, we finally abolish slavery. for everyone.