June 24, 2015

Bill Dorris is a businessman in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the guardian of the really awful Nathan Bedford Forrest statue off of I-65 in Nashville, which was sculpted by James Earl Ray's lawyer, Jack Kershaw.

With everything that's going on right now, some Nashville residents have called to plant trees to block the view of the statue from the interstate so people don't see that as some representation of Nashville.

I was in Nashville in 2008, sporting an Obama button on my bag when I deplaned. If looks could kill, I'd be dead. So I'm not sure that statue doesn't represent Nashville, but that's another story.

During an interview with Nashville Public Radio Tuesday, Bill Dorris said that "slavery was the first form of social security."

"Think about it," he continued. "It was a cradle to the grave proposition. They never had it so good as far as job security to begin with. It wasn't the best of job security but it had benefits."

Just like working on a chain gang. Not the best of job security, but it had benefits. Fresh air, lots of exercise, and someone to look after you and make sure you never got away.

There is a silver lining. For years now, this aspect of Southern culture has been masked and hidden. Now it's out in the open for all to see and reject.

It also makes a mockery out of talking points like "Obamacare is like slavery," or slams at the social safety net with claims that it enslaves people who benefit.

There are people who actually believe this crap and cover over the atrocity of enslaving their fellow man because his skin was a different color. They exist, it's ugly, but the only way to get rid of it is to put it in the sunlight.

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