Slavery didn’t end, it just evolved
On the October 16, 2014 episode of “The Daily Show with John Stewart” Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption a book about mass incarceration in America said: “Slavery didn’t end, it just evolved”.
What a profound statement. Especially in light of statements of some United States citizens who say that slavery and its legacy are no longer a factor in this nation. There are even some Blacks who agree with this idea, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, actress Stacey Dash and former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain.
Involuntary servitude in North America has included Native Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Whites.
There have always been conflicts between professed Freedom and actual Greed. The common denominators in the mistreatment of these otherwise unconnected people are the toxic mix of Greed and Hatred (G&H). This deadly mix was used to justify the conquering of “heathen” native people. It seems the Jesus who sent the colonial invaders was kin to modern Muslim Jihadists who butcher, kill, rape and steal in the name of God.
For example, the Puritans suffered religious oppression in their European homelands then came here and persecuted the Native tribes around them. They also had no problem participating in the African Slave Trade as slave ship owners, financiers and keeping slaves to work for them.
What Would Jesus Do?
News Flash: The real Jesus was not European. He hung out with AND took care the poor. He did not give the rich preferential treatment. He was lynched by the rich and powerful. Do you really want to follow him? Or maybe the twisted Jesus of the Puritans, the KKK and many of today’s white fundamentalist Christians fits your world view.
Slavery was supposed to have ended with the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US constitution in 1865. It really morphed into racial and economic discrimination in its many forms (also based on Greed and Hatred).
The United States of America could change their constitution but they could not offer actual freedom to the former slaves. The whole nation, north and south, had benefited from slavery’s cheap labor and they did not want to compensate their victims by paying for the stolen labor and assets that they were benefiting from.
You steal everything a person has, block them from full participation in the economic life of the nation, and then blame them for being poor. That is not a mistake, it is an evil plan.
None of the post-Civil War constitutional amendments have ever addressed the issue of economic reconciliation. The USA just called them “Free” and told them to be grateful. The assets build with slave labor were kept by those who had stolen the slaves’ bodies, labor and heritage. The thieves passed on the stolen economic and political assets to their descendents who now justify keeping the wealth saying “I never owned any slaves”. They retain the stolen assets and refuse to acknowledge their source. They enjoy their pockets bulging with the benefits of white privilege (i.e accumulated assets, first shot at jobs, lower loan rates, better housing, preferential treatment by the legal system, control of the political parties etc.) and deny they have any advantages. They are caught with their hand in in the cookie jar and they do not want to share. Of course, people like Fox New’s Bill O’Reilly say that “there is no such thing as white privilege” to his fans who want to take the United States back to the “good old days”. On the October 15, 2014 Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mr. O’Reilly said “If you work hard, if you get educated, if you are an honest person, you can make it in America”.
Really, Bill? Your family lived in an all-white town (Levittown, NY) where blacks were not allowed. Even recent census figures show that only 1/2 of 1% of its residents are black.
Hey Bill, your racist butt is sticking out of the closet!
The United States is a land build on myths of freedom and justice.
US history has always been edited to fit the myths.
The famous Superman comic hero fought for “TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY” in a world devoid of minority people. He fought terrestrial and alien bad guys but he did not seem to locate the KKK. Superman has always inspired “Real Americans”
One only has to read the “great” documents that founded this nation and ask who was excluded from them. If you followed most of the founding fathers home you would see how undemocratic their behavior was toward women, minorities and the poor. They believed the United States was built without any meaningful contribution by anyone other than themselves.
Greed and Hatred are also “The American Way”.
Article by Stephen Maddox, Sr.