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July 13th, 2009
05:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Pres. Obama, slavery, and that “wise Latina”

Anderson Cooper and President Obama walking around Cape Coast Castle.

Anderson Cooper and President Obama walking around Cape Coast Castle.

Charly Feldman
AC360° Intern

Tonight on 360°, watch Anderson’s exclusive interview with President Obama in Ghana. They discuss everything from the economy to Afghanistan, the U.S. military’s “Don’t ask don’t tell” for gay service members and of course U.S. policy towards Africa.

We’ll take you on a tour of the dungeons of Cape Coast Castle with President Obama, to see where kidnapped Ghanaians awaited the horrifying boat rides to America just a couple of centuries ago. Greed and the slave trade triangle – all this and more on the program tonight.

But slavery isn’t just a thing of the past. Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s joins us from Haiti with a 360° dispatch on modern day slavery. It’s hard to imagine, but children as young as four years old are caught up in this vicious cycle. We’re digging deeper.

Plus, Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings began today at Capitol Hill, as the Senate Judiciary Committee discusses her abilities as a potential Supreme Court judge. From accusations of judicial activism to her controversial comment about being a “wise Latina”, Candy Crowley brings you the raw politics tonight, with senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Also, Randi Kaye joins us live from L.A. with the latest details on Michael Jackson’s death. His sister LaToya is speaking out. We’ll have her controversial account of what she believes happened to Michael. Was he murdered? Or, as Joe Jackson now suggests did the prospects of his London concerts burn him out? Plus, we’re following the money trail. Tune in to 360° for the answer to these questions.

Join us at 10pm ET for all this and much more! See you then.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Bonnie

    This is for Anderson Cooper- You talk about slavery – how about the DV lottery that the USA govt organizes. That is a modern day slavery. Africans face mazimum descrimination from Americans if they happen to find themselves in America as immigrants. For some Africans, the first time they ever face poverty, destitution and descrimination was not in Africa but in the USA.
    Africa is a beautiful place with a rich heritage and history plus all the natural resources that the good Lord has given to the land. We are happy but that is what you American can't seem to understand. you think it's material things that defines ones happiness. The US govt solicits manpower from Africa with their green card lottery- that is modern day slavery. It's not easy living anywhere, but with determination we can make it.

    July 14, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  2. bobbyelderpass

    the.republicans.need.to.wise.up.they.need.blacks.and.latinos.to.win.the.white.house.talking.down.on.sotomayor.aint.helping.the.republicans.at.all

    July 14, 2009 at 5:52 am |
  3. nikos

    mr.anderson
    wake up america.We are worried about more important issues than the presidents herritage issues. for example....president obama comes from a heritage that is from other cultures just like half of america. maybe he should worry about the immigration issue that is hurting many, many people here in the us. Millions of hard working immigrant from mexico have been here for years with no license to drive and many other hardships.these people need help.

    July 14, 2009 at 2:46 am |
  4. Kofighana

    I certainly agree Gregg

    July 14, 2009 at 1:55 am |
  5. Eniola

    Hey Anderson, i first wanna say welcome back to the States, am sure you and President Obama enjoyed your visit. I do have something to say about "slavery in Haiti" excerpt i saw tonight on your show. i was a little offended about your use of "slavery" because growing up in Nigeria, i can't tell you how much "fetching water" for the family is an integral part of our childhood..not only do we learn responsibility and discipline, we look after our parents and families by walking sometimes miles away from home to get clean water for food, laundry and everything else. not one time did i feel like i was being "enslaved" by my family. it is not every where in the world that one is privileged to have a vacuum cleaner and running water, by doing that and more, the kids are being prepared for the rest of their lives to be responsible and be independent. It is an hierarchy of responsibility and discipline that gives us a self-worth and cultural value that is expected of us as we were growing up...so reading and hearing about that in a "slavery" context is really insulting to what my culture was and what it stood for..keep in mind also that it is a third world country, and fresh water is rather difficult to come by...

    July 14, 2009 at 12:21 am |
  6. hamida

    thank you anderson for the pictures you posted on 360 about ghana but those pictures are not raw honest you potrayed. i believe you did not go to northern part of ghana which is farm areas other wise you
    would not have come back to america that fast.some of the pictures
    came from places very far from the city you and president obama visited.about 3 days drive from where you were in the city i believed you arrived in ghana in an airport which you did not carry along
    with you from america and you drove through the city to the slave casttle
    where are all the pictures of those areas.i am so disappointed and hope all those nagative image about africa will soon end.

    July 14, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  7. Mscookie

    Queen keep pushing the issue.

    July 14, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  8. RUBY FRANKLIN

    I HOPE VISITS SENAGAL

    July 13, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  9. RUBY FRANKLIN

    Good Job Mr. President and 360

    July 13, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  10. Sandra

    I was horrified by Pres Obama's desecration of my African heritage; something he seems quite at ease minimizing with gays, slave traders and anyone else who seems to have a civil right. No one wants to remember slavery but there are constant reminders about the Holocaust. I could not watch the rest of your show for tears. I believe that Pres Obama has lost my vote!

    July 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  11. Mia

    Modern day slavery somewhere so close to US is surprising. But when I lived in Bangladesh, poor people in villages who couldn't afford to keep so many kids would leave them to work in the houses in cities. In exchange they would not ask for money and the children would be left at the mercy of the person they are left with. What hurt me most was when young girls were given away to really old men because their fathers couldn't pay off the debts they owed to these old men (this happened in the villages mostly).

    July 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  12. Joe G. (Illinois)

    When people have their efforts mandated below par by their Government, neighborhoods, communities.. Then with time, and over time most often than not they weaken all together and seek those of others. What efforts you may ask..? Work effort; Discipline and Family Morals Efforts; etc; etc; etc. It’s like everything becomes a matter of “What are you doing for me” and “What can you do for me.” It’s not easy to be a good person, but with so much negativity, perversion, and oblivion mandated by the Heads of States.. Those who make use of Slavery.. And those who advocate/promote it I’m sure will face testament to their own deeds some day.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Gregg

    Africa has its problems, but what about the many successes that have been taking place in the majority of the continent's 53 countries from education, to the economy, to health care, and even to infrastructure. Talk about that in addition to Africa's problems and slavery which is a small piece of Africa's rich history.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Queen

    Hi Anderson,

    I wanted to put this case involving a 5-year-old African American child on your radar screen.

    I have been deeply troubled about the intense, sensationalized coverage that the death of Michael Jackson has received from mainstream media. This coverage serves as a distraction to more pressing matters in our country. I wanted to bring to your attention a more critical issue concerning a 5-year old child that was molested by his adopted father, who happens to be a Duke University Associate Director. This case received the level of attention from the media that a footnote in a book would receive. After doing some due dilgence, I discovered the child that was molested was an African American child. Furthermore, the chat transcript contained the following text from the adopted father, "F.L." is asked how he got access to a child so young. "Adopted," he replied, and said that the process was "not so hard ... esp (sic) for a black boy."

    Obviously, the adopted father knew that black boys are treated differently than other children in America. Thus, making them more vulnerable to the injustices of the world. Interestingly enough, the lack of media coverage validates the words that the adopted father wrote. Anderson, mainstream media made no reference to the fact that the victim was an African American child or that the father was gay. I am deeply concerned that this important case of a child being exploited and abused is being pushed under the carpet because the child is African American and the criminal is a white, gay male. If this was a white child, would this case be swept under the carpet so easily?
    Anderson, please bring the same level of attention to this case that the Kaylees, Haylees, and Natalies have received on your show.

    Thanks!

    July 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  15. Aly Fary

    Anderson
    I cannot wait to watch your interview with President Obama. But I do want to mention that the one mistake Obama did was not tyo visit ort call President Mandela .I HOpe he will rectify by call hem jukly 18th to wish him Happy Birthday.

    July 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  16. Annie Kate

    Looking forward to the program tonight. Anderson's interview and the look-see of the castle ought to be very interesting. Also looking forward to hearing about the first day of Sotomayer's confirmation hearings. Hope they go smooothly.

    So is the next big conspiracy theory going to be over Jackson's death – that ought to give the tabloids something to write about for a very long time..

    July 13, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Looking forward to Sanjay's report tonight. Not nearly enough is being reported or much less done to stop slavery that is still alive and well today.

    Hopefully Anderson didn't let Obama get off easy on his questions in this interview. If Obama wanted to really do something about DADT he would do it instead of just talking. He is the pres right!? He can do away with that but is he?

    PLEASE..not too much on MJ!! PLEASE!!

    Cindy..Ga.

    July 13, 2009 at 8:04 pm |