Black People Politics : From Plantation to Penitentiary to the Prison-Industrial Complex

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by H. Bruce Franklin


(Paper delivered at the Modern Language Association Convention, December, 2000.)

The prison looms today as a central feature of American society. Since 1976, we have been building on average one prison every week. More than two million Americans are now crammed into the nation's still overcrowded jails and prisons. In fact, there are now about as many prisoners in America as there are farmers. Over half of those incarcerated are people of color. More than four million Americans, again mainly people of color, have been permanently disenfranchised because of felony convictions, many under laws enacted explicitly to prevent African-Americans from voting. (1) Studies have shown that this disenfranchisement has had a significant impact on the outcome of presidential and senate elections prior to 2000. (2) We need no detailed studies to show the direct impact of this disenfranchisement on the most recent national election. Prior to November 2000, one third of the African-American men in Florida were convicted as felons and then stripped of their right to vote, while thousands more were purged from the voting rolls as alleged felons by fiat of a corporation hired by Governor Jeb Bush. If only a small percentage of Florida's 204,000 disenfranchised male African-American citizens (not to mention the other 200,000 disenfranchised ex-felons in Florida) had been allowed to vote in 2000, even the U.S. Supreme Court could not have installed George W. Bush as President of the United States.


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Hello Brothers and Sisters.
The Prison Industrial Complex also known as slavery keeps me awake at night. I'm angry that today there are still slaves.
How do we progress any further than we have, when the white man still holds some of us as slaves.
HOW DO WE MOVE ON WITH SLAVERY IN THE MIST?
WHAT CAN/WILL WE DO?
 

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23 cents an hour: The perfectly legal slavery happening in modern-day America

If you thought slavery was outlawed in America, you would be wrong. The 13th amendment to the Constitution states 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.”


In plain language, that means slavery in America can still exist for those who are in prison, where you basically lose all of your rights. (You don’t gain a lot of your rights back when you get out of prison, either, but that is a different story.) So, given the country’s penchant for rapacious capitalism, it may not come as a surprise that there is much of the American prison system that exploits American prisoners much like slaves.


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5 Ways The U.S. Prison Industrial Complex Mimics Slavery

1. Incarcerated Individuals (Who Are Mostly People Of Color) Are Legally The Property Of The Government
2. Prisoners Are Leased To Private Companies For Mandatory Labor

3. Prisoners Work And Live In Inhumane Conditions

4. Prisoners Are Paid Next To Nothing While Corporations Profit Huge Amounts Off Of Their Labor

5. The System Dehumanizes Incarcerated Individuals

For those who need a refresher, "the prison-industrial complex" refers to the overlapping interests of the government and private companies in mass incarceration, and the fundamental relationship between punishment and commerce. In America, imprisoned individuals are forced to work for corporations. And the way in which they are thrown into this labor echoes the kind of slavery we learned about in our history books — the kind of slavery Lamar depicted at the Grammys.

In his song "The Blacker the Berry," Kendrick Lamar proclaims, "I said they treat me like a slave, cah' me black / Woi, we feel a whole heap of pain, cah' we black." He continues on with, "They put me in a chain." Some may hear this as nothing more than imagery, but it's a reality for millions of black people who are incarcerated.



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How do we address this issue of slavery?
What will we do?
How do we talk about economic empowerment when A large number of us are still used in Slavery.

Why does this issue receive such little media attention.

As for my thoughts Private Prisons are a major problem.
 
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