Announcing Our Preferences

In the 18th century American Quakers refused to buy sugar.  They refused because it was raised and harvested by slave labor and their consciences prohibited them from contributing to the profits of slave masters, thereby keeping their brothers and sisters in slavery.  Quakers liked the taste of sugar.  They would have loved to eat sweets.  But they valued the freedom of the slaves more than the taste of sugar.  Had others followed their lead, slavery on sugar plantations would have ended.  The Quakers walked the walk, but few followed.  What was true then is still true in the 21st century.  If we buy products made with slave labor, we contribute to the profits of slave masters and we announce that we prefer the stuff they make to the freedom of the slaves, who are usually children.

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