“But what are the future implications for society’s coming to terms with slavery?”
Does it matter whether or not we acknowledge the past so that we can ensure a more just future?
Does coming to terms with slavery mean historians should be advocating for policy reforms and other collective actions like peaceful protests?
What can I say and not say as a professional historian in uniform speaking on behalf of the federal government to the public?
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The U.S. still enslaves people through the prison industrial complex.
What are we gonna do about that?
If you thought slavery was outlawed in America, you would be wrong. The 13th amendment to the Constitution states that “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.”
In plain language, that means slavery in America can still exist for those who are in prison, where you basically lose all of your rights. (You don’t gain a lot of your rights back when you get out of prison, either, but that is a different story.) So, given the country’s penchant for rapacious capitalism, it may not come as a surprise that there is much of the American prison system that exploits American prisoners much like slaves.
In fact there is large-scale exploitation in American prisons benefiting American corporations and the military-industrial complex. UNICOR, better known as Federal Prison Industries, or FPI, is a government-owned corporation that employs inmates for as little as 23 cents per hour, to provide a wide range of products and services under the guise of a “jobs training program.” In theory, this is supposed to give inmates skills that will prepare them for the workforce upon release.
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by Vicky Pelaez
The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery? The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery? by Vicky Pelaez Human rights org…anizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.
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YOU MUST WATCH!!! THIS IS THE MOST EMPOWERING HISTORY LESSON ABOUT THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA EVERY GIVEN.
Someone sent me this lecture given by Dr. Joy DeGruy that will educate and give you real knowledge that white America doesn’t want you to know. She explains the horrible history and pain inflected upon people of African descent in America. She thoroughly explains the justify the use of mechanisms used to keep this cultural group deprived and in slavery.
IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE YOU MUST TAKE THE HOURS OR SO TO BE EMPOWERED AS TO WHY PEOPLE OF COLOR CONTINUE TO SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF WHITE AMERICA. YOU WILL UNDERSTAND!!!
“This is not about one man. This is about structural racism in a country built on Black slavery.”
This is about STRUCTURAL Racism in a country built on the enslavement of Black people & the oppression of people of color.
Recently in the Texas History class I am teaching a student shared an example of how two friends would quasi reenact an enslaved, enslaver situation at the place where they work. The White person would tell the Black person “get to work” and so on.
This student followed up in an email asking my thoughts: “How do you feel about that though, specifically, making a joke out of slavery? Do you think it’s offensive, ignores the plight of the enslaved, or perhaps something I/we haven’t considered? Or is it okay, diminishing the detrimental effects on the psyche of the African Americans by satirizing it?”
I asked if I could have time to think about it and “reply” here. This student said yes, so here goes.
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My name is Glenn Robinson and I have been inspired by Damali Ayo’s National Day of Panhandling for Reparations .
I run a blog called Community Village and another called Oppression Monitor. I thought these would be perfect places to ‘panhandle’ for donations that can be paid right back out.
I will use these funds to pay out reparations and use 33 cents from each transaction to maintain the payment system.
You can test our beta versions here:
Reparations through Oppression Monitor
Reparations through Community Village
You can also check the accounting
Reparations Contact Form added to Oppression Monitor
Thank you for the idea damali ayo!
Read more about her work at her new site reparationsday.com
Make sure to check all the photos too!
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Genius damali ayo does it again.
I suggest a team of two. One for each sign.
REPARATIONS PAID HERE