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End Slavery! Slavery Still Legal In US In 2020

The headline is NOT clickbait.

I know you won’t believe this, but slavery is still legal in the U.S.

While police brutality and stopping use of choke holds are definite and achievable realistic goals, abolishing the police is not, and will most likely not end with measurable change.

So, let’s pick an issue that affects Black people disproportionately, but also affects every American.

Let’s get started and jump right into it.

Every Black man and woman should know the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution ended slavery. But did it, really?

Flyer For Sale of Slaves. Image Credit-Smithsonian Collection

Flyer For Sale of Slaves. Image Credit-Smithsonian Collection

Actually, no.

Here’s the actual language of the amendment:

Section 1

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Did everyone catch that?

“except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted”

So, that’s why we have prisons full of inmates working for three cents an hour. They’re slaves.

Payment Request From 1816 For An Enslaved Man To Travel

Payment Request From 1816 For An Enslaved Man To Travel

Should punishment for a crime be slavery? What if the person was wrongly convicted? Even if they were truly guilty, how is that a just punishment?

All crimes? All convictions? I’m not sure it would even be just punishment for murder. Isn’t incarceration enough?

Should prisoners also have to work for meager wages, often for the benefit of corporations using prisoner labor for their own economic gain? Prisoners either need better pay, or this practice should end, altogether.

Outright slavery ended. But doesn’t the Thirteenth Amendment have the ability to keep Black people down, even still?

Did you know that prisoners were still picking cotton until the 1970s in some states? It’s a fact. Shocking, no?

Slavery Days Songbook

Slavery Days Songbook

What about wrongful convictions? It happens, and probably more often, historically, than anyone ever realized.

What about the overpolicing of the underclass? It’s true that this is a thing.

Private prisons are a big issue. Focus on that. Real issues.

For-profit prisons pay shareholders based on slave labor. Fact.

Isn’t that enough to make your blood boil? Make you shed real tears? Infuriate you to the point of shouting?

What good Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, or secular humanist finds it alright that we still have slavery in the United States, under any pretext?

I thought slavery had ended. I know you did, too.

“Stop and frisk,” “broken windows” policing, and similar policies help keep Black people on the plantation.

Stop and frisk keeps guns off the street. But it also brings many new underprivileged people into the criminal justice system, giving them a record for nonviolent offenses, like carrying a small amount of marijuana for personal use.

Economic determinism is at play as well, because with a public defender, you’re likely going to be found guilty. So, if you can’t afford a “real lawyer,” you’re going to get convicted, or have to take a plea.

Cuffed Hands Are Nothing New To Enslaved Peoples

Cuffed Hands Are Nothing New To Enslaved Peoples

It may no longer be so obvious, there may not be a “massa” with a cruel whip, but once you examine the facts, you’ll see it’s the same as it ever was.

End prison system slavery. Abolish private prisons. Make police choke holds illegal. And finally, end the War on Drugs.

That will all do more to help Black people, and all people, than anything else.

If we can’t set clear goals, we won’t be able to act effectively toward a definite end.

Start organizing today. The tragedies of George Floyd and Eric Garner helped raise awareness.

The Manacle Was A Tool Of Slavery

The Manacle Was A Tool Of Slavery

But if that awareness isn’t channeled, the anger and pain will just go nowhere.

The Democrats used to let rioting go on to let the Black folks “get it out of their system.”

But you don’t want this energy to just be dissipated.

Be truly WOKE and realize not all social action is equivalent.

Some acts are truly senseless. Like burning and looting. Some are good, like marching and speaking up.

But most of all, we need to change the laws that keep Black people down.

Prison Cell. Image Credit- Jobs For Felons Hub

Prison Cell. Image Credit- Jobs For Felons Hub

Freedom is not far. But it’s not here yet. Do your part and research, ask questions, and then share facts with loved ones and friends.

It’s the only way out of this mess. Abolishing the police is a trap. Don’t get suckered in.

Institutional racism is hidden. Taken together, all these measures constitute concealed racism.

But don’t hate your White or Brown brothers and sisters. This all keeps everyone down, and needs to stop.

9 Comments

  • Avatar Krazy Kat says:

    SO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH LAWBREAKERS GENIUS?

    • Sally The Cat Sally The Cat says:

      I don’t think the author was saying get rid of jail or cops! Just that people in prison should not be considered slaves. Working for pennies is sick. I did not know any of this.

      I support law enforcement but I also support fair laws. Choke holds seem like a bad idea. Just too easy to accidentally kill someone.

    • Avatar George P. says:

      The writer of this ridiculous article should host them at his apartment. Or basement in his mommy’s house right next to him. We need prisons. These ideas that the police being abolished will magically stop all crime are the most insane garbage I’ve ever heard. It makes NO SENSE. The commies try to say that police create an environment that is hostile. Not that bad guys want to sell deadly drugs like fentanyl (not talking about weed or even hits) or want to rape someone. Blame it on the cops. Because that makes the most sense right?

      Choke holds are necessary. Eric Garner was resisting. Sorry but its true. As for George Floyd, he held up a BLACK woman at gunpoint. Oh, and, she was pregnant. HOW IN THE WORLD WOULD THE POLICE TAKE THESE GUYS DOWN? They were giants.

      Look I don’t like when anyone dies. But if you want to stay safe listen to lawful orders of the police. If you do that changes are you will be fine. Statistics prove this.

  • Avatar [deleted] YOU PAT says:

    [deleted] YOU PAT

  • Avatar Proud Latina says:

    TF up w BLM? Where do Hispanics fit in? We matter just as much as anyone. I don’t like where this is going.

  • Avatar wouldnt u like to know says:

    Hipster A*SCLOWN writer thinking we still have slavery. First of all he’s a joke of a writer. These little things he writes are pathetic. This is not journalism. Second of all he never gets it right. Your writing is about as good as your photography skill. Yeah you cut off half your face and pretend you meant to do that.

  • Avatar sadness says:

    Like always,peoples of color are being used as CURRENCY.The democrats want you for this reason. The republicans want to use you for that reason. When will poc stop being used as a pawn?

  • Avatar Willie Pete says:

    I had to check this myself. Yup. It’s really there. How did I ever miss this in school? I guess they don’t teach us that part.

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