Thu 30 Nov, 2017
Please don’t get it twisted, just because you are not driving by fields of Americans picking cotton and harvesting grain does not mean this country is not benefiting from the labor of oppressed people. This system of profit is unfortunately engrained into the fiber of this nation. Amerikkka would not be the “great” country it is without the billions of dollars that were accumulated from the enslavement and free labor of African Americans. I don’t care how redundant I sound, this all happened not but 12 days ago and the country acts like its shit don’t stink while they wipe their ass on the toilet paper someone, from possibly your community, packaged and sent.
Why do you think the age that a young man or woman can be incarcerated is so low? New York was locking up 16-year-olds until just recently. A 16-year-old does not need prison, they need parents, support, and therapy. And we all know how the drugs got into communities that are now punished for selling. It was a set up. We did not bring crack into the hood. The people locking us up for selling it did. This is not what they see though, when they look at a disenfranchised soul that they themselves systematically disenfranchised. What they see is money and labor; and until we blow the whistle on modern slavery, we will continue to see our people grow up in fucked up communities lacking government support and targeted by the police for unlawful, petty arrests. These petty arrest are essential because they condemn a particular class of people into a system of inhumane treatment, and a life of free labor.
“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.”
— The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution
The beneficiaries of this escape clause are not only the prisons themselves, but private companies who enjoy the labor of prisoners who are paid nothing, or a couple cents on the hour. Do not support businesses that support this fucked up system. Do not support businesses that benefit from the destruction of our communities.
Douglas Blackmon won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 work, “Slavery by Another Name,” in which he details how American corporations, almost immediately after the 13th Amendment was ratified, colluded with local governments to criminalize blackness in the name of profits. Corporations have continued to lobby for broader definitions of “crime” to this day, and as a result there are more (mostly dark-skinned) people performing mandatory, essentially unpaid, hard labor in America today than there were in 1830.
According to www.cagedbird.com:
“With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world. No other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population. Approximately 1 in 100 adults in America were incarcerated in 2014. Out of an adult population of 245 million that year, there were 2.4 million people in prison, jail or some form of detention center. The vast majority – 86 percent – of prisoners have been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them drug-related. Big Business is making big bucks off prison labor.”
When we spend dollars in businesses that participate in modern slavery, we are saying fuck our ancestors, fuck the freedom riders, the Little Rock 9, and every person who fought/fights for our rights. Lets have some honor and respect for ourselves and for those who came before us. Many of these companies are purposely hiding their identity and need to be sussed out, but lets start with the motha fuckas we do know. Do your research. Take back your dollar and put it in a local community, a Black or Latin business. Fight back strategically.