As I attempted to drive into City Hall East for business. I came to the realization that I would not be going into the building because an impromptu slave market had been created in front of city hall and I was not comfortable walking through a throng of men to get to the other side of the street. It was a slave market made up of individuals who appeared to be Hispanic and I assumed illegal immigrants but maybe not.
I was shocked to see this, in the fair city of Atlanta. I had seen numerous scenes of cops literally standing over black and white men who dared to stand in the corner of a door. As a former Atlanta college student who racked up parking tickets as students do, I had witnessed numerous vagrants black and white going to jail for standing on the street too long. I had even witnessed one female judge give the vagrants their rights and tell them they did not have to serve jail time because their rights had been violated. One vagrant preferred to go to jail, I suppose jail served his needs for food shelter and clothing. However most individuals do not want to go to jail for loitering or harassed for loitering and it is not tolerated in this fair state unless you are Hispanic. Atlanta even has signs that say talking to a stranger on the street is illegal.
As I turned to leave the parking lot of the slave mart I saw a black man and said I was shocked at what was going on. He responded that the immigrants were standing there because there were no jobs. I went around the corner and spoke to a lady at a stop light and said I was shocked at what I saw, a literal slave market. She like the black man before her seemed a little peeved that I would ask about the slave mart and said the immigrants are looking for work and the neighborhood was about to go through “big changes” and they were renovating. I did recall seeing a Sothebys real estate sign when driving up from North Avenue in Atlanta but could not put together a slave mart with a Sothebys sign. I suppose it was an unsaid understanding in this neighborhood of the openly gay, vegan, any thing goes community that American men and women do not deserve a fair wage and illegal aliens did not have any human rights . Everything prior liberal individuals had fought for was being thrown out the door for a Sothebys commission. I suppose this is the advent of a new liberalism, an antithesis to the me generation when me literally means the individual and not the overall society in general, me means prosperity not concern for the weaker man. Yes, this is my generation fortunately my mother was slightly older when she had me so I was raised by a 60’s radical not a disco duck.
As I thought about this and also thought about another slave market that I knew about further North of town, it suddenly dawned on me that while Obama had been comparing himself to Lincoln, ironically Obama is facing the same economic pressures as Lincoln did involving labor, literal human bodies, that Lincoln did. I will never forget a passage that I read about in a book called The Strange Career of Jim Crow the passage said something to the effect when slavery was over, white men and black men held hands and jubilantly ran down the hill in joy because they knew that labor was no longer an issue and they both would get paid for their work. Ten years into the millennium the United States has a labor problem again. Republicans are not just undercutting the government by sending their jobs over seas but openly gay, vegan, yoga folks are undercutting the government too by refusing to hire individuals who are willing to work for an honest wage or hire a renovation company with skilled artisans. I suppose it could be said if democrats are getting theirs and republicans are getting theirs why should anyone be concerned, it seems like there is some mystical gravy train that is open to anyone who has half of a brain.
As I returned the next day to take pictures of the slave mart which I did not becuase I did not get their until 10:30 and it had thinned out. I went into the whole foods market and had such a great time at their restaurant. I felt maybe I was being oversensitive to the issue and everything was cool. While sitting at the whole foods restaurant I did notice that every race was hopping on the cheap immigrant labor bandwagon. I watched trucks move in and out of the area with ladders, building materials, windows etc. Again it was accepted that immigrant labor had replaced the labor of men who had not hopped on the capitalist or educational ladder. There is a new slave class in town and they want it. How ironic for the south to completely embrace a new form of sharecropping or slavery. Some things will never change.
While this may seem like a benign issue a way of getting your before someone else does. The honest truth is that this immigrant labor not bound by minimum wage or other requirements can only remake the United States into a third world nation. Either U.S. citizens will join them on the slave mart or they will be in bread lines. The media is toting that more women than men are working this can partially be blamed on illegal immigrants. I am not a racist, I am a realist and based on historical factors if one group undercuts another in terms of what their labor is offered for, the other group seeking an honest wage will be eating dirt at the bottom of a bridge.
There is a Sothebys sign on the one side of city hall and a slave mart on the other side, this is a conflict someone is going to pay a Sothebys price for a home but unfortunately just like the mortgage flippers they will not be paying for the quality of labor or for the honesty of labor. They will live in a house full of negative energy without the knowledge that their home has been renovated by exploited laborers and contributed to honest men enjoying the taste of dirt in their mouths at the bottom of a bridge.