Pan Africanism : Modern Day Black Slavery In America

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  1. NNQueen

    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Slaves still working against their will on plantations:

    http://www.lula.org/pipermail/lula-biz/2003-July/000216.html

    The Drug War Waged in the African-American Community
    http://www.peacecouncil.net/pnl/01/702/702SlaveryIn21st.htm

    Project 2019: Racism in the 21st Century
    Racism is no longer "the" problem. If black Americans are to ever reach total equality in America, we must realize that fighting racism can no longer be our number one priority. http://www.project2019.com/faques7.htm

    What do you think?

    Queenie :spinstar:
     
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    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    NNQueen thank you so very much for posting this very important information

    Hetep
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I'd like to know who these individuals are, what plantations/farms enslaved them, where are they located? How can we help without more information? This story is pretty vague!!
     
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    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Brother Pan, digging a bit deeper into the research I found the following information that might be helpful to those who want to do something to help abolish slavery in these modern times:

    The information contained in the following link is somewhat dated (1992) but it may still be relevant today. Here is an excerpt of what you'll find there:

    "We have all heard the stories of how slavery was ended in 1865. Yet, even today there are examples of slavery in the world. I am not talking about conditions that are the "equal" of slavery under one theory or another. I am talking about out-and-out slavery. I am talking about people being kidnapped or tricked and then held against their will. People who must work every day long hours or be beat. I am talking about people who are given no money for their labors. People who are bought and sold.

    Why would slavery ever exist? The reason is money. Employees cost money. It's a lot cheaper to steal their labor than pay them.

    The surprising thing is that it actually goes on in the United States."
    http://home.earthlink.net/~ynot/slave1.html

    Information contained in this next link may prove helpful to modern slave abolitionists. It's a link to an anti-slavery organization's website:
    http://www.anti-slavery.org/

    Adding a bit more information about "slavery" being practiced in America today, check this out:

    "Slavery Today And In The Future In The United States
    Slave Labor Easy Source For Corporate And Government Profit--Disturbing Implications For Racial Minorities

    As prisoners become sources of profit for the State, we can guarantee one thing: there will be more of them."
    http://home.earthlink.net/~ynot/slave2.html

    And, finally, this is definitely a "must read", in my opinion about slavery in America. The excerpt is a bit lengthy here, but please don't stop there, continue reading at the link provided:

    "The dishonorable criminal practice of slavery was frequently the subject of judicial decisions before 1860. One of the most important decisions was Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856). You can examine this opinion in full at FindLaw, http://laws.findlaw.com/US/60/393.html.
    Dred Scott was owned by Dr. Emerson of Missouri, an army surgeon. In his travels, Dr. Emerson had taken Mr. Scott with him to the free state of Illinois and locations in the territories. Dr. Emerson returned to his home state with Mr. Scott and his wife Harriett, along with their daughters Eliza (14) and Lizzie (7). Dr. Emerson then sold the whole family to John F. A. Sandford. Dred Scott sued for the freedom of himself and his family, claiming that they became free in Illinois and the territories. Mr. Scott and his family lost. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he was not a citizen and had no right to sue in U.S. courts.

    The basic ruling of the United States Supreme Court, announced by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, was that the framers of the Declaration of Independence were honorable men, therefore, when they held slaves while declaring universal human rights, they obviously could not have intended to include those of African descent, for that would have made them hypocrites rather than honorable men. Taney found it was "just and lawful" to reduce the black man to slavery "for his own benefit." Taney also pointed out that if blacks were citizens, they could do things protected by the Constitution, such as speak their mind, go as they please, and keep and carry arms wherever they went, which would produce "discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State." This is what the Honorable Justice Taney had to say:


    They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a profit could be made by it. This opinion was at that time fixed and universal in the civilized portion of the white race. It was regarded as an axiom in morals as well as in politics, which no one thought of disputing, or supposed to be open to dispute; and men in every grade and position in society daily and habitually acted upon it in their private pursuits, as well as in matters of public concern, without doubting for a moment the correctness of this opinion..."

    http://home.earthlink.net/~ynot/slacases.html

    In conclusion, I don't think we have to look very far to find evidence of modern day slavery, do you? Given the examples provided, there may be slaves right in our neighborhoods and definitely within our states. Now, knowing this, do you still want to discuss what we can do to abolish slavery?

    Peace,
    Queenie :spinstar:
     
  5. panafrica

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    Thank you for the further information NN. I will study these websites, and offer my help in any way I can. We owe a debt to our ancestors to denounce & fight against slavery in any form, and in any land.
     
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