Self-proclaimed political intellectual Gerry Nicholls goes a wee bit over the top in drawing a historical analogy:
My son is graduating from high school on Friday.
And in order graduate, he not only had to pass his academic courses, he also had to complete a minimum of "40 hours of mandatory Community Involvement."
This is supposed to develop "a sense of civic responsibility and strong community values."
So civic responsibility, in other words, means forcing kids to work for no pay.
To me that sounds like slavery.
Later, responding to polite suggestions that it was perhaps inappropriate to compare his son's community service with the forced resettlement, indentured servitude and centuries of brutal treatment of countless Africans, Nicholls replied, "Geez, you make a simple comparison around here and you get absolutely lynched. What? Why are you looking at me like that?"