The American Addiction: Cheap Labor

This piece was written in 2016. But it offers insight into the reactions we are witnessing right now.

The Roofless Church


I have had a lot of jobs in my life. My first gig was as a paperboy which entailed getting up before the crack of dawn going from house to house delivering papers to many people who would take the paper and then do everything they could to avoid paying me for it. My cut came out of what I collected so when the people didn’t pay me, I was essentially delivering papers for free. They didn’t care that I was a poor kid trying to make an honest dollar in an area where I could have made more dollars dishonestly. It didn’t occur to them that they were doing me harm.

My second and third jobs were both “under the table”.  In the summer, I used my free time washing dishes at a soul food restaurant and helping put up fences. Since I was under 15, I couldn’t get…

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