by Kerry ‘Shakaboona’ Marshall
On Aug. 19, 2017, the city of Washington, D.C., will host a Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March to draw attention and national support to amend the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution for its ratification of modern day slavery within the U.S. prison system.
The 13th Amendment has spawned various forms of penal slavery since its ratification by the then all-white U.S. Congress, such as the convict leasing system, the chain gang labor system, the prisoner agricultural workers system and the modern day prison slave sweatshops that are euphemistically called “correctional industries corporations.” Today, the prison system’s “correctional industries corporations” generate hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue from prisoners’ free labor and slave-wage labor.
Arguably, the 13th Amendment is the most evil, contradictory, controversial, deceptive and despicable part of the U.S. Constitution, because the 13th Amendment runs neck-to-neck in terms of depravity with the U.S. Constitution’s decree that considered Black people who were enslaved as three-fifths of a human being for purposes of increasing Southern slave holders’ voting power.
All arguments aside, the duplicitous double-speak of the 13th Amendment regarding the abolition of slavery in the United States of America harkens to a time when – after the Indigenous peoples of this continent had been decimated by Caucasians’ practice of Manifest Destiny’s genocidal wars and pronouncements of coming in peace and war in the same breath – Native peoples reached a profound truth, that “the white man speaks with a forked tongue.”
On Aug. 19,…
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