I recently read that phrase on a blog post that I have since forgotten, but the phrase itself stayed with me. That’s some really powerful imagery in a few words.
Obviously, living on minimum wage is not anything nearly as bad as slavery was, but the phrase isn’t meant to evoke the way minimum wage earners are treated physically but the way they are treated politically and socially and in that respect there is a lot of similarity. Giving every person the ability to have a 40 hour work week which pays a living wage would go a long way towards equality.
I don’t have much else to add about the subject past what I’ve already written in my American Disdain for the Poor post. The phrase just stuck with me so I thought I’d share.