Cause slavery was abolished, unless you are in prison
You think I am bullshitting, then read the 13th Amendment
Involuntary servitude and slavery it prohibits
It’s true. The 13th Amendment abolishing slavery left a loophole wide enough to move a chain gang through:
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.
Southern landowners and the former slave masters were able to use convict labor in the very same way slaves were used, as shackled and chained men coerced to toil at the threat of violence and death. Local law enforcement coordinated with farmers, industrialists and mine owners to round up Black men and accuse them of false charges in order to force them into years of slave labor. In other words, slavery in the United States did not end until this system was finally struck down by the federal government in the 1940s.
In fact, in Killer Mike’s home state of Georgia, thousands of prisoners are forced to work for no payment. In 2010, Georgia prisoners coordinated a multi-prison strike, demanding a living wage for their labor, better conditions and more nutritious meals.
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