New York Daily News Columnist Shaun King, who is also a vocal political activist on Social Media posted this article today. King–no relation to Martin Luther King, Jr.–makes the case the 13th Amendment ensured Slavery could continue in other forms. He brings attention to the phrase “except as a punishment”, which he argues opened the door to legalized Slavery, which certainly exists today. I’ve been following King for the last few months and it’s obvious he thoroughly researches everything he publishes. He is also not afraid to do REAL Investigative Journalism.
I’ll put it like this: We are now in Week 2 of nationwide protests by inmates nationwide who are refusing to work. Of course, you wouldn’t know that if you watch CNN, Fox News or MSNBC. It’s “not newsworthy” as far as they care. Who decides what’s newsworthy and what isn’t aside, the protests come during the 45th Anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising. To bring attention to the protests woulf bring attention to that anniversary. I assume the media is just waiting for news black inmates “brutally attacked” a white corrections officer “trying to defend himself” to decide to start covering it.
The question to be asked, in the case of the 13th Amendment is was it phrased this way on purpose? The fact that the wording was never revised tells me it was, which leads to the next obvious question: Who knew the true reasons behind why the 13th Amendment was phrased the way is and how long did they know? The more you think about it, you come to a horrible realization: This was likely the trump card the KKK, Neo Nazis, other racist groups and even Police Unions have had in their back pocket for 150 years now.
…Honestly, I think Shaun King is on to something. This picture comes to mind:
Compare to a more familiar one you’ve likely seen in a textbook:
The more you take the time to stop, think about it and think about what you know about certain practices in the U.S., the more you realize Slavery never died. It’s just been hiding in plain sight in its various forms. It’s much easier to enslave people when you don’t call it Slavery. The mass incarcerations of African American men in the 1980s and 90s. It took Former President Bill Clinton (#42) 20 years to apologize for his role in promoting mass encarceration and only because his wife will likely become the 45th President of the United States.
King notes in his article folks have tried to call attention to this for GENERATIONS but they were laughed at and called conspiracy theorists. Turns out they were telling the truth. This is easily the biggest conspiracy in U.S. History. What I find most concerning is Line 2 of the 13th Amendment: “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” and what it implies. It leaves the door wide open for the U.S. Government to legally strip American citizens of their civil liberties.
I want to say this again: The 13th Amendment ended Slavery as it was known at the time yes but it also allowed it to exist in other forms. A number of corporations and financial institutions conspired with local, state and federal-level governments in the U.S. to re-establish Slavery in its existing forms, most notably Prison Workers.
…Conspiracy fact indeed.
What needs to happen as soon as possible is the 13th Amendment needs to be amended to abolish Slavery of ANY kind or form. The 13th Amendment simply ended the practice of Slavery at the time but left clear instructions on how it was allowed to continue.
Well done, Shaun King. You may very well be killed for this one day but WELL DONE.
This is an inconvenient truth African Americans in particular need to be made aware of. Priority is getting the 13th Amendment reworded but in the meantime, African Americans need to warned to do everything they can to avoid becoming a victim of the Prison Industrial Complex. Once you become one, there is no coming back short of a full pardon from a governor or president.
The double meaning behind Blacks historically getting longer and steeper prison sentances makes alot more sense when you think about it. The whole point is to ensure Blacks are imprisoned for as long and as much as possible. This should also galvanize activists to pressure policy makers to pardon and commune inmates who are incarcerated for minor sentances. When you look at the numbers, things don’t make sense at all.
As the saying goes–and excuse the pun–the longest rope has an end.
By the way this wasn’t the blog I mentioned in my last post that I said to look forward to. I’ve decided to post it tomorrow instead since I be contacting Mr. King within the next 24 hours. The post I will make tomorrow is ironically an explaination of WHY I have been talking about things like this on my blog alot over the last two and a half years now.