A man trades two slaves for a horse.
I do not have to tell you about his Mississippi accent.
I do need to relate to you that he asked not one question
about how the receiver of the two slaves
would treat them
while the man with the horse sought assurances
the horse would be treated well.
We never think of a horse or a cow as a slave.
Or whether our treatment of them
will affect our entry into the kingdom of heaven.
The owners who argued slaves were livestock property
never stood trial for the crime of bestiality
no matter the numbers of mulatto children underfoot.
Or were arrested and tried for rape
for those owners who argued slaves were merely lesser people.
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