We’ve had a lot of reading about slavery in this class that have explained how people tried to justify enslaving people.  It’s always shocking to learn about this but this weeks reading was just unbelievable.  To say that enslaved people wanting to be free and run away, is a disease is ridiculous.  It’s always amusing to hear the ways that people would try and make slavery seem okay.  You can’t just come up with a “disease” to describe a behavior that you don’t support.  Part of me wants to believe that this was just lack of education on their part and truly not understanding how actual diseases and mental illnesses work, but in reality it is probably just ignorance and racism.


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