MSNBC Host Compares Gitmo Detainees to American Slaves.

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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry is comparing the ongoing hunger strike of terrorist suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to the ordeal suffered by slaves in America.

“This is the time to reaffirm our Americanness,” Harris-Perry said on her Saturday morning program on MSNBC. “I also appreciate that the hunger strikers are not trying to die. They’re trying to generate autonomy in the context of something that strips their humanity — something we certainly know about from the experience of American slavery.

“And that the language of before I would be a slave, I’d be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free. Just that idea of creating human freedom within the context of horrible human conditions.”

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As a candidate for president five years ago, then-U.S. Sen . Barack Obama pledged to close the detention camp if elected. He repeated…

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