Michele Catalano denounces the intelligence of those who tie Obama's former community service policy with slavery, or some form thereof. A quote below:
The other thing wrong with the woman’s quote — and the contention of some bloggers — is the equivalence of community service to slavery. One of these things is not like the other.
There are thousands upon thousands of high school and college students, as well as adults, doing some form of community service right now. Service to your community is an altruistic thing; it is a way of perhaps giving back to a community that has given to you. It is a way to reach out to a community, to help others who may not be as fortunate as you, to teach young adults about sharing, caring, and helping others, to do something out of the goodness of your heart that will benefit your community.
The same could have been said for slavery itself. There were thousands upon thousands of people picking cotton across this great nation. It is a way of giving back to those who give you, quite literally, food, shelter, and a means of life. That doesn't make it not slavery. It just rationalizes actions in direct contradiction to the Constitution.
It is not work done out of the goodness of one's heart, is work done out of fear of legal punishment. That is slavery.