Slavery

In fall of 2018, Starbucks’ coffee was found to have connections to forced labor plantations where workers were subject to debt bondage and unsafe working conditions. This was 8 months after they were named one of the World’s Most Ethical companies for the 12th year in a row.

Starbucks has a Slave Labor Problem Once again, Brazilian labor inspectors have found slave labor1 on plantations where Starbucks buys coffee. And not just any plantations, but ones that have been “certified” to Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. Practices standards. This marks the second time in nine months that this has happened, pointing to a huge systemic problem …

In fall of 2018, Starbucks’ coffee was found to have connections to forced labor plantations where workers were subject to debt bondage and unsafe working conditions. This was 8 months after they were named one of the World’s Most Ethical companies for the 12th year in a row. Read More »

One of the reasons tipping spread in the U.S. was because restaurant owners refused to pay black Americans after the 15th amendment.

‘It’s the Legacy of Slavery’: Here’s the Troubling History Behind Tipping Practices in the U.S. These days, the expectation at U.S. restaurants that diners will tip their servers is a key part of the culinary economy: tips subsidize a server or bartender’s salary at the vast majority of the nearly 650,000 restaurants in the country. …

One of the reasons tipping spread in the U.S. was because restaurant owners refused to pay black Americans after the 15th amendment. Read More »

Only 388k slaves out of a total 12.5 million that crossed the Atlantic were sold in the US. The rest (10.7 million) went to Mexico and South America.

How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.? Perhaps you, like me, were raised essentially to think of the slave experience primarily in terms of our black ancestors here in the United States. In other words, slavery was primarily about us, right, from Crispus Attucks and Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Banneker and Richard Allen, all the way …

Only 388k slaves out of a total 12.5 million that crossed the Atlantic were sold in the US. The rest (10.7 million) went to Mexico and South America. Read More »

In 2015, Prince voiced his dislike of record labels saying “Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery.” He concluded “I would tell any young artist … don’t sign.” At the time he advocated seeing artists paid directly from streaming services, cutting out middlemen.

“Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery,” Prince told a group of 10 journalists Saturday night, during a meet and greet at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. His pitch to the group was simple: Typical record company contracts turn artists into indentured servants with little control over how …

In 2015, Prince voiced his dislike of record labels saying “Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery.” He concluded “I would tell any young artist … don’t sign.” At the time he advocated seeing artists paid directly from streaming services, cutting out middlemen. Read More »