Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Reminder That Slavery is Still Legal in the US


I can't remember if I've posted about this before, but people can still be forced to do free or excessively cheap labor in the U.S., but the U.S. government. They just changed the plantations into prisons. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but they literally did that in one case.

Mainly black prisoners are being forced to pick cotton in modern day slavery.

The land on which the prison sits is a composite of several slave plantations -it is called Angola, after the homeland of the slaves who first worked its soil - bought up in the decades following the Civil War. From when it was converted from plantations, prisoners have worked the land in much the same way as slaves did, under conditions so brutal, prisoners resorting to cutting their own Achilles’s tendons in protest in the 50′s. 
After the plantation was converted to a prison, former plantation overseers and their descendants kept their general roles, becoming prison officials and guards. This white overseer community, is located on the farm’s grounds, both close to the prisoners and completely separate from them. In addition to their prison labour, Angola’s inmates do free work for these residents, from cutting their grass to trimming their hair to cleaning up Prison View Golf Course, the only course in the country where players can watch prisoners labouring as they golf.

You can read more about how horrible the labor is and how the inmates are treated, plus how ridiculously harsh the sentencing laws are in the state. And you know they're targeting black people. Especially poor black people. So that they can make a profit off of what is 4 cents away from pure slave labor.

Do I even need to say anything else?

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