Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Family’s Slave



Alex Tizon, who passed away in March, wrote a gripping story in The Atlantic about his "family's slave," Lola, who was brought to the United States from the Philippines.   Tizon tells about Eudocia Tomas Pulido called “Lola,” who his mother inherited from her father. Lola,  a modern-day slave, worked as a domestic servant.

As reported in one news story:

"The article drew mixed reactions, with some labeling him complicit to the abuse of Lola—how was it allowed to go on for so long? Others acknowledged that the story was neither about glorification nor justification, but to give Lola the voice she was made to feel she never deserved.

Tizon was only 57 when he died of natural causes March this year. In an editor’s note on Tizon, The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg shared that his death was all the more made painful by the irony that on the same day, March 24, they intended to tell him that Lola’s story would be the magazine’s June 2017 cover story."

UPDATE (MAY 24):  NPR's Code Switch offers a close look at this troubling modern story of slavery.


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