It is unbelievable HTC would post the disgusting story of
“My Family’s Slave”. The title alone is disturbing. The story being published
after the author’s death should be reason enough to cause HTC even greater
pause. As publishing posthumous exponentially exacerbates its repugnance as
this coward exploited his victim while he hid from the law in plain daylight
and only death would keep him from being exposed.
HTC should be ashamed for
reposting such vile account of exactly what HTC claims to heal. This story was
not written to bring light to slavery but instead is a written confession to a
hideous crime. And the all to common, “I was a child thus no fault of my own”
narrative is inexcusable from any adult for any reason and in this case that
victim card is infuriating to nauseam. The author pointing out that since age
11 he was aware that “Lola” was the family slave confirms he was complicit and
complacent with this crime until his death.
The Atlantic publishing such
attention-getting story with its supermarket tabloid title to get clicks onto
its website, The Atlantic’s primary source of income, is one thing. But HTC,
whose mission is “Seek Knowledge. Secure Freedom.” has exploited “Lola” and the
tens of millions like her as well by fostering this hideous story! If anything,
I would believe HTC would be advocating to have the author’s estate indicted
posthumously. If not possible, then his estate sued in civil court for
reparation to “Lola’s” estate. That would be advocacy!
Why my outrage with HTC
for posting this disgusting story? I have followed HTC’s Facebook page for years
as a source of information, knowledge and training that has help me with my
greatest fear. As a healthcare worker in emergency care, my greatest fear is
NOT an unintentional diagnosis, injury, disability or death to a patient. My
greatest fear discharging a patient to their abuser. However, since President
Trump’s inauguration what I have notice is the bashing of the president and his
family, Ivanka Trump in particular, without merit by HTC.
The latest insult,
HTC publishing this repulsive story the same day Ms. Ivanka Trump chaired a
roundtable on human trafficking (a follow up roundtable to a similar event in
Feb 2017). Yet, no mention of either by HTC. NOT in Feb 2017 and NOT again this week. On to mention, on the following day, HTC shares
an event about immigration and human rights. Another disingenuous jab at the
president and his policies (NOTE: NO one is against immigration. It’s ILLEGAL
immigration that is the problem. DON’T lump them together it discredits you. I
am sure HTC knows human trafficking is NOT a problem of ILLEGAL immigration but
instead ILLEGAL immigration IS human trafficking!). By the way, NOT all
immigrants eat tamales [a comment made on the HTC mentioned posted article].
This is not the first time my mention of such
thoughtlessness on behave of HTC and its animosity towards the current
administration. When I pointed out HTC’s bias last (5 Amy 2017) I was given the
following reply: “I am sorry you feel this way. However, the articles we have
posted are generally analyses of how the Trump administration's policies could
affect human trafficking, or the corporate social responsibility of his
daughter's company, a daughter who has also taken a political role. Anyone who
has taken on a political life should be open to scrutiny for their policies and
practices. You are welcome to disagree with journalists and bloggers, or only
read the articles which interest you. Our interest here at HTC is knowing what
is relevant in the anti-trafficking world and sharing with our followers, who
can decide for themselves whether the material is of interest to them.”
the comment, “generally analyses of how the Trump administration’s policies
‘COULD’ affect human trafficking…”. COULD is an assumption and we ALL know how
that adage goes. NO BUENO as justification. As to the president, yes, President
Trump was elected thus he and his administration are open to scrutiny, which,
from the reply above, HTC is “welcome to disagree with…or only read the
articles which interest [HTC].”
That said, the mentioned disagreement with HTC
was an article in The Huffington Post, a tabloid which intentionally chose to
print Candidate Trump’s stories as entertainment. Any fair-minded person would
have difficulty describing such extreme dissent from a journalist point of view
as responsible coverage. Because of that intentional departure from other media
The Huffington Post compromised its integrity and capability to be fair. Not
only during the campaign but forever to now President Trump and his
administration. Yet, HTC sees The Huffington Post as a credible source to bash
the president. NO BUENO!
As for Ms. Ivanka Trump, she is an employee of the
U.S. Government, like millions of us working for the Department of Defense,
Indian Health Services, Federal prisons, State Department, Veteran’s
Administration and the likes. Like her we are entitled to our views and
opinions as well. Yet, no one is bashing us for those. Are other government
employees in the same limelight as Ms. Ivanka Trump? Of course NOT. But is Ms.
Ivanka Trump being in the limelight reason to bash her? Absolutely NOT! If so,
that should be reason for HTC to rethink its prejudice, values and mission.
to, “…or only read the articles which interest you.” What I or anyone reads is
NO one’s business. Having said that, not that you asked or because I owe it to
HTC or anyone else for that matter, here is a list as to where I get my news.
Out of the 120 total I follow on
Twitter (the rest are professional colleagues and interest, like The Animal
Channel and the likes) these are the news sources:
One America News Network (ONA), Democracy Now, National
Weather Service, Life Magazine, Greg Gutfeld, Tony Harris, Dana Perino,
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Juan Williams, Ali Velshi, POTUS Press Pool, Jared Rizzi,
Tim Farley, Joe Madison, Karen Hunter, AP Health & Science, Meet the Press,
Discovery, National Geographic, Howard Kurtz, Eboni K. Williams, Kirsten
Powers, Mary Katharine Ham, Marc Lamont Hill, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham,
Michael Smerconish, Time Magazine, USA Today, Medical News Minute, NASA, Army
Times, Military.com, Military Times, Stars and Stripes, The Economist, Wall
Street Journal, AFP News, BBC Breaking News, Library of Congress, Harvard
Health, BBC Technology, Al Jazeera News, NY Public Library, Real Clear Politics,
BBC News (World), News from Science, C-SPAN, Face the Nation, NPR, Washington
Post, US National Archives, Forbes.
On Sirus XM radio they are: NPR, POTUS, Patriot,
UrbanView, Progressive. On DirecTV: FoxNews, FoxBusiness, MSNBC, Free Speech
TV, ONA, BBC.
And Online they are: Nuestra Tele Noticias-NTN 24 (Spanish), ProPublica,
PanAm Post (Spanish), Weather Channel, Yahoo News, CNN.
Lastly, I will add one
memorable short story that bothers me when at home or traveling abroad. While
in the U.S. Army, during war in the Middle East, I was offered a young child in
exchange for the rubbish I was about to throw in the burning landfill fire pit.
It does NOT matter it was a child. ALL life, a child’s, an adult’s, “Lola’s”, an elderly's, LIFE is priceless and deserves to be free and free of abuse as well.
All that said to inform HTC I can NO longer support their hidden blind ideology. Nonetheless, thank you for
your time. As suggested by HTC’s reply above, “can decide for themselves”, thus I
have decided HTC’s ideological partisanship blindness (me not be judgement but a
diagnosis) is not for my independent thinking thus I am obligated to
discontinue our relationship. I hope, for the sake of the tens of millions lost
to human trafficking and abused that HTC can find an independent moral compass and
part from its hidden alternative agenda.
A hint, there are many organizations doing
similar work as HTC online yet none of the others make mention of the current
administration on their Facebook pages or websites. My two sense [sic]. No
reply needed as none will be returned. Ciao.