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Race and Obama in Kentucky / Video

Race and Obama in Kentucky
by kos
Thu May 22, 2008 at 02:23:39 PM PDT

That’s from Al Jazeera, because no American news outlet would dare run such a piece. The subject matter is too explosive. dnA fills in some of the historical background.

After emancipation, coal mining companies sought an advantage over unions by hiring former slaves as scabs since, the unions were racist, wouldn’t allow blacks as members. The companies didn’t have to fulfill many obligations to this new, unorganized labor force, and a lot of white miners lost their jobs. So it actually makes sense that people would see race relations as a question of pure exploitation; with one side dominating the other. That’s the history of the region.


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