April 11th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

Reader: Humans have good track record in the impossible realm

The debate about how we can end modern-day slavery is happening all across the web, including reader comments on The CNN Freedom Project blog, Twitter and the project's Facebook page.

Here's just one opinion from a reader on Facebook, Aya Reall Hansen, arguing why people are trying to end this.

"Yeah, it may be hard to win the battle, but heck, I'd say humans have a pretty good track record: good luck finding a "new world" – oh wait, thanks Columbus, you did the impossible; good luck sending someone to the moon – oh wait, thanks NASA, you did the impossible; good luck abolishing the Transatlantic Slave Trade – oh wait, thanks mankind, you did the impossible! Human Trafficking not only affects females, but also men, families, morals, ethics, morality, and religion! It appeals to the very soul of a person (for those who still have one), and if the only reason a person gets involved is so they can sleep well at night, I would say that at least they still have a conscience in tact, and from that starting point, their reasonings for putting an end to this nasty disease will be enlarged, their motivations deepen, and their understanding of the importance of freedom/agency solidified. To those who lack understanding, who choose to stand by and watch the innocent suffer – watch out, the barge of RESPONSIBILITY is coming through and cannot be stopped!"

What do you think?

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  1. juleslady

    Columbus didnt find a "new world" he found the home of a group of people and killed 3 million of them turning the whole population into slaves to look for gold. So this comparison for the "good track record of the human race" fell at the first turn.

    April 11, 2011 at 10:42 am | Reply
  2. Light foot

    Wow juleslady, you have a very narrow and i'll informed view of history.

    I suggest reading a book or 10 and attending at least 4 or 5 history classes on US history before posting, otherwise you look foolish.

    By the way I'm an American of mixed heritage including "native" american(I use the term lightly as there is no such thing)

    You talk of 3 million dead, well without disputing your figure how many people do you think have died from tobacco use in the last century????A few things to consider. There was a series of large and deadly wars going on in the Americas around the time right before Columbus. There were many years of trading with Europe without any real European settlements in N America(excluding the Spaniards in the south who behaved as criminals ). Most of the disease that ravaged the population were contracted during this early time . Europeans at that time were just as likely to blame "bad spirits" for illness as the people of the new world., blaming them for this is just a foolish as blaming the locals for tobacco deaths. By European standards N. America was almost UNINHABITED, you can read records of ships that would spend weeks sailing up the N. American cost looking for ANYONE to trade with!

    History isn't about absolutes, each person has a story. The story of the mixing of peoples from two different cultures is a rich and complex one. When two peoples fight, that gets recorded, when family a meets family b and they shake hands and become neighbors that isn't very exciting but it happened far more than will ever be recorded. The story of my ancestors is of two orphans being adopted by a compassionate European family., it's of a German cobbler spending the winter making "250 pair of black leather shoes" for the poor people who stood in the snow outside his farm in w. Pennsylvania wearing "Nothing but scraps of skins and bark on their feet, toes blackened or missing" and later "Dropping by in late December and having tea while showing of the many colored scalps they had proudly collected"
    Again there was at least as much assimilation as their was conflict and there are probably more people who claim "native" decent in North America now than at the time of Columbus. Ignoring them and their story is insulting.

    Judging people who lived in a time hundreds of years past by modern standards is foolish. Making blanket statements about an entire race is reprehensible. The might make good "sound bites" but do more to distort the truth than present it in reality.

    April 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  3. Justice for All

    I still see that people are tackling to end slavery worldwide, great, but there are some countries that say they are not involved with which such high war crimes like that happen and I can tell you it's not true. These two faced lying twisted evil wrong doing countries are more than likely the biggest part of it all, it's like the place where all criminals come & live. They say they are all about peace, I am here to tell you that they just like to commit their crimes in peace! Please come help these foreigners get the justice they deserve. People should be able to live any where in the world without being forced to do things they don't want to do. If the crooked system that is obviously ran by bad people changed their stupid discrimanatory laws and rules, we could all live in a true peaceful and beautiful world. People are suppose to be able to get a good wholesome steady job based on their experience & qualifications but like I said it's ran by criminals these days. Like for example, they tell you that you are not from here that you have to speak our language or you can not and will not find any work or make police reports even if speaking English is good enough, youre a foreigner you might as well sale yourself on the street, clean house, and be subject to violence if you want to live here and you can't fight back! I myself have gone through and witnessed these inhumane multiple abuse acts. You freaking Norwegian neanderthals, how dare you'll treat people the way you do and then sit there and tell people that you all are peaceful, modest, caring, noble, mature, etc. good people when clearly everything you all do says otherwise. People come there looking for a fresh start, to get an education, make some money, go home and try to help build their own cities and countries and feed their families when you all sit there and tell them they can live here and be subject to your forced slavery ways or get out. I have never been so mistreated by a whole country full of tyrants that look like witches and trolls. I thought the crimes were hidden but if you pay attention, it's right in your face every where you go like the bars, stores, & salons. I know you all can't come to the USA, we can't help you all, that is why I know you all come to Norway to make things better for yourself. They suppose to be better than us and the UK, which we are the ones who helped them in their time of needs and those neanderthals are going to do the right thing or they are going to get lost themselves!

    April 15, 2011 at 6:13 am | Reply
  4. Chipper

    I ran into this page by accident and read the comments and...Light Foot, you might want to check who's writing those books you're reading. "Reprehensible" is your post. I would agree with juleslady. Columbus is a poor example for the point of the argument. Although, the argument itself is something of a no-brainer...

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