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Women prisoners risking lives fighting fires -- utterly unjust sentences include separation from children

The most important story this week: for $1 an hour and time taken off their prison sentences they do very hard dangerous work

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/9/12/a_new_form_of_slavery_meet

Do read it.  Think about why the two men respond the way they do. Then watch Ava Duvernay's 13th: a movie about the continued "intersection of racism, inequality and mass incarceration" of black men in the United States. You can stream it on Netflix. It deeply explores the economic history of slavery and post-Civil War racist legislation and practices that replaced it as "systems of racial control" and forced labor from the years after the abolition of slavery to the present



I was told they were not forced to do this; but they are, for many of them, even most are unfairly put into prison and for disproportionate long periods. The 13th amendment has a clause which specifically exempts imprisonment as punishment as a means of enslaving people.

The movie masterpiece, Selma, was by her too.


Directing David Oyelowo as King


Ellen

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misssylviadrake
Nov. 14th, 2018 04:56 am (UTC)
Morally sickening
A friend: I read the transcript. I can’t say I am surprised but good God it’s a horror story—but I believe perfectly legal under the Constitution to use prisoners as slaves? But appalling, morally sickening."

My reply: It is a horror story. I should have said that. I remember reading that the 15th amendment originally would have forbid it but that the wording was removed so that by the beginning of the 20th century white southerners were using black prisoners as slaves -- in chain gangs. Had you been able to see the people, you would have been even stronger.

Ellen
misssylviadrake
Nov. 14th, 2018 12:11 pm (UTC)
Appalling tweets
No wonder Trump insulted all firefighters -- of course he didn't want to release needed federal funds. Truly vicious creature, every day he goes lower yet .... he's fired his head of homeland security: it seems she didn't do her job cheerfully enough.
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