Deadria Farmer-Paellmann has spent five years digging for evidence that ties Corporate America to pre-Civil War slavery. She confronted Aetna in 2000. . .
NEW YORK — Her husband, who’s German and white, didn’t believe her. So they played a game.
They’d go to a store and each make a purchase with a credit card. Inevitably, she had to produce a picture ID and give her address; he was rung up, no questions asked.
“Sometimes I tell (sales clerks), ‘Hey, slavery’s over. Black people have money now,’ ” says Deadria Farmer-Paellmann.
Slavery is anything but over for Farmer-Paellmann, 36, a researcher and mother of one. For five years, she has spent hours online and in archives hunting evidence that ties Corporate America to pre-Civil War slavery. . .