Solarbird (solarbird) wrote,

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worse than you know

You learn about Jim Crow in school, maybe, but it was worse than you probably know. C.f. The South's Shocking Hidden History: Thousands of Blacks Forced Into Slavery Until WW2: The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up to the middle of the 20th century. The author, a former Wall Street Journal bureau chief, won a Pulitzer in 2009 for the book he wrote on the topic. The linked article gives you a bit of an overview, though, and is worth reading.

When doing so, note how the convict-slave-labour system is being reinvented today, with the school-to-prison pipeline, and the privatisation of the incarceration system. Nothing, including slavery, is ever over, is it?

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