They say that you hold your life in your hands. In America the colour of your skin sets the path you can live. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude echoes in the minds of inmates. War on terror became the war on communities of colour. Morphed with rage, transformed into a genocide.
Can we state that mass incarceration isn’t just an extension of slavery? Can we believe that the industrial complex does not rely historically on the welfare of slavery? We assign them their roles, you are a criminal, you are a beast, you need to be controlled. We reckon if such a thing similar to slavery would have happened there would be no acceptance of it. The truth of the matter is we have accepted it and have abided by it. Beasts plastered on news that they're criminals. Beware of the Super Predators. The focus was not rehabilitation of the addict or these racial clichés but severe punishment.
Their lives are a bottomless pit and they’re fighting to escape. To the government they’re black and penniless. To them, they’re perfect for labour. Forcefully, they are fed crime and spat out convicts. America’s industries had risen, it was home to 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. Accordingly, the United States was reinvented.
African Americans were arrested in mass after slavery, arrested for minor crimes, and had to provide free labour. The 1970s swarmed with captivity. Families ripped apart, broken to where the pieces don’t fit. Is it safe to say that being underprivileged and poor makes you the prey, not the predator? Or is it the weak, who have no opinion on how they're perceived? Servitude, mistreatment, and fortune. The trilogy most African Americans have to see.
William Lloyd Garrison stated “No Compromise with the Evil of Slavery.” In spite of that, haven’t we oppressed prisoners to free labour for the compromise of their services? We act as if slavery is gone, and play our parts. We want to live in a world where we are all free; we believe that we all are. We are not free. How can we live and speak as if we want freedom when a large percentage of us are enslaved.
Ultimately there can be change. To start off accept that the only way for change is for us to initiate it. Let us accept that being shocked and disgusted by what is going on will not work. Instead, we need to speak for those who are silenced. Picture this, a world where slavery was abolished once again. However, this time with no loopholes.
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