When eyes and mind of those sleeping rise and begin to take notice of their surroundings, the threat of consciousness begin to take shape and change mankind. in our generation. G.S

Education is fundamental to not just a few but all, so while there is a concentrated effort to misdirect the mindset of individuals to a slumber state, there are many individuals nationwide bringing to light history and policies that keeps black and brown citizens in bondage.Never allow yourself to become distracted or misguided by media soundbytes regarding spiritual and moral activists contribution to advancing unity among mankind verses those  who are furthering the stereotypes, economical indifference, racial genocide, political and corporate corruption that fills the swamp that millions pledged to drain.

I have heard individuals proclaim that slavery was good for America and many say that they never would have been a slave, but both are only fooling themselves. Slavery is kidnapping and has divided America across racial lines and bondage is a state of mind that cripples the body and influences their actions to lead them into the bullseye of the justice system..In the United States of America. So while slavery and Jim crow laws implemented after World War 2 has disappeared, the public and private correctional industry becomes a leading employer to many rural communities and cash cow to investors and corporate stakeholders as private prison and “security” corporations bargain to control the profits of  human incarceration and quest for politically driven law and order. This year the U.S. prison population sprinted past 2,000,000,  with millions more either on probation or parole under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system in local jails awaiting trial for violations considered offenses capable of sending them back to prison or county jail.

Since the proclamation emancipation and civil rights movement, recent studies of the boom in prison population from the war on drugs, and three strikes laws instituted by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton shows persistent disparities in sentencing according to race and nationality and while black and brown men and women of skin pigment make up less that 30% of US population, the prison population continue to be disproportionately African-American and Latino. With longer sentences being imposed for nonviolent drug offenses, with aggressive campaigns aimed at criminalizing young people, and with the growing number of children left orphaned by the criminal justice system, the overall reach of the state and private corporations resonates with the history of slavery and marks a level of human bondage unparalleled in the 20th century.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that “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.” Formally abolishing slavery in the United States, the 13th Amendment was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.

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When you read “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, the 13th Amendment is only helpful to those who neither have come into contact with the criminal justice system or have taken an extreme effort to educate themselves in constitutional and federal law, alienated themselves from poverty-stricken communities, established wealth and financial stability through political office, entrepreneurship, corporate branding. Education was used in the past and today to indoctrinate ideas and history into the minds of millions of american children and youths daily and needs to be revamped and overhauled.

Individuals such as myself must first examine our contribution to the illegal commerce of the 80s and 90s contraband trade and the effect it has on the youth and adults of our generation. The illegal and pharmaceutical drug trade and constant calls for law and order have contributed to the huge increase in mass incarceration in the U.S.since the presidency of Richard Nixon. Drawing these links has been important in explaining the relationship between racism and criminalization after emancipation, and in connecting the rise of industrial and mechanized labor that many companies and corporations now partake in, that supersedes the jobs shipped overseas.Corporations and political lobbyists have created laws and amendments that privatize prisons and have been a direct outgrowth of slavery, in which racism in the judicial sentencing in American court rooms and the corporate economy goes hand in hand. Mass imprisonment seen in the U.S. in the 20th century occupies a spectrum of forced or substandard labor wages related to the early slave trade. Contrary to what middle class and affluent black and brown America thinks, the prison labor system is the largest economy (either private or public), within the U.S. right behind weapon and arms manufacturing and has devastated mostly urban communities because of the dual forces of Reaganomics and the globalization of corporate backers.

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Mark K Smith explores the meaning of education and suggests it is a process of inviting truth and possibility. It can be defined as the wise, hopeful and respectful cultivation of learning undertaken in the belief that all should have the chance to share in life.

Millions of the citizens within the criminal justice system that are either in federal and state prison, county jail, on monitored home release, on probation or parole all have one thing in common, their constitutional rights and privileges are stripped from them forever.Should this bother individuals who neither live in communities where law enforcement misconduct run rampant, violence and homicides are a daily occurrence, poverty and unemployment are generational trademarks in many residents households? In my opinion, YES! though millions are separated economically and socially, they have a kinship when it comes to spiritual and moral beliefs.

It is not hard to understand the policies implemented by the FBI to squash the black power movement and the illegal gun trafficking trade in urban communities that contributed to gang violence and homicides. This in addition to the drug trade that has devastated households and left children to fend for themselves while living in single parent homes. Individuals living outside urban communities became fearful of race mingling and so-called undesirables moving into their communities began to push for mandatory minimum sentences and harsh penalties for nonviolent drug offenses, leading to the continuous construction of prisons that goes on regardless of national crime rates. In rural and urban areas crippled by the slow decline in manufacturing and skilled jobs, the corrections industry has emerged as the new jobs program for non felons. The policies instituted by lawmakers not living in urban communities have increased funding for law enforcement initiatives that increase the prison population while decreasing technology training programs and loans for small businesses. History has recorded African-American free communities and educational institutions during Reconstruction period that were immediately threatened by new configurations of white power and supremacy. White terrorists groups and racists politicians attempted to suppress freed slaves who continued to exercise their right to vote and hold office in order to enact their own plans for education, land ownership, and small businesses. We have seen organized redlining from financial institutions,  martial law and unarmed shooting from law enforcement and  vigilante justice aimed at fear intimidation and the state-sponsored criminalization of African-Americans.

While blacks have struggled to maintain their right to vote even though Obama was president, prison labor became increasingly unbalanced: It has been written and assumed from bigoted think tanks and so-called scholars that blacks were more suitable for hard physical labor on Southern prison farms and on corporate railroad and construction company projects (Lichtenstein, 1996b). Contrary to popular representations of chain gang labor, not only black men, but also black women were forced to work on the lines and on hard labor projects, revealing how the slave order was being mirrored in the emerging punishment system. This mimicking of the slave system structure in the post-emancipation prison system, particularly in the South, suggested a belief that the prison culture could bring the slave system back to life (Jackson, 1999). In Northern prisons, which had historically been structured around industrial rather than agricultural labor, racially based divisions were sharpened after emancipation as well. African-Americans were criminalized for committing misdemeanor and drug abuse crimes and often were subject to tougher sentences than those imposed upon whites convicted of similar crimes (Du Bois, 1935).

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