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At Least Seven States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governors’ Mansions and Capitol Buildings

The 13th Amendment provides a loophole that allows for the legality of unpaid prison labor, which is sometimes called “modern-day slavery.”

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America’s Incarceration Crisis: Are We Doomed to Repeat the Same Failed Policies? (Transcript Added)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and law professor James Forman Jr. (pictured) discuss the mass incarceration of black men and the issue of drug decriminalization. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Eric Holder’s Backward Policies on Criminal Justice Echo in Jeff Sessions’ Tenure

The attorney general (pictured, standing) would like to turn the clock back to pre-emancipation, but he will settle for a return to the days of his predecessor, Eric Holder (seated).

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Immigrant Detainees Subjected to Forced Labor in Private Prisons, Lawsuit Claims

The class-action suit also alleges Immigration and Customs Enforcement played a part in violating anti-slavery laws.

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U.S. Gave $315 Million to Supplier of Mines Accused of Using Slave Labor

The government helped finance an industrial chain reported to be involved in human rights violations and environmental destruction in Africa.

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James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness

At this frightening moment in American history—with a racist in the White House and amid rising levels of racial hatred—there is no more important writer than Baldwin.

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Don’t Blame ‘Big College’ Coaches for Creating Institutionalized Corruption

Clemson’s win over Alabama in college football’s national championship game didn’t impress sports writer Dave Zirin. But his scathing critique in The Nation missed the point.

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Striking Prisoners Are Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Closer to Justice

Right now, under some of the most repressive circumstances that exist in the United States, a national movement is growing for prisoners’ rights.

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Inmates Launch Series of Work Stoppages to Protest ‘Slave Labor’

The U.S. incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world, and most of them are expected to work inside the prisons that hold them, usually for well below minimum wage.

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It Makes No Sense for Colin Kaepernick to Sing Anthem That ‘Celebrates Murder of African-Americans’

The 49ers quarterback making headlines for his protest against racism and police violence is making a crucial point about the U.S.; Fox News may be on its last legs; meanwhile, the disclaimer at the end of most films claiming they’re fiction oddly enough has to do with Rasputin. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Old Rape Case Clouds Director Nate Parker’s New ‘Birth of a Nation’

As the publicity machine gears up for the release of the bold reimagining of the 1915 classic, a case involving Parker, who also stars, and co-writer Jean Celestin from their college days has been getting attention.

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Los Angeles Film Festival Reframes African-American Struggle With Two Empowering Films

In this era of submissive-slave characters, black tokenism and underrepresentation of people of color in Hollywood, “The House on Coco Road” and the 2016 version of “The Birth of a Nation” flip the script.

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Top Seven Ways Harriet Tubman Is the Most Badass Spy and Warrior Ever to Grace U.S. Currency

Despite getting several years of American history while we’re in school, most of us probably have only a foggy idea of who the woman chosen to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill was.

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Harriet Tubman and the Currency of Resistance

What better tribute to her lifetime of struggle could there be than to place her image into the hands of hundreds of millions of people?

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National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

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VIDEO: Tim Wise Explains How Racism Has Been Used to Divide and Conquer Working People in America

The anti-racism activist and writer breaks down the history of the United States and white racism in under five minutes at a teachers conference in San Francisco.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Poll Shows Almost 20 Percent of Trump Supporters Disapprove of Lincoln Freeing the Slaves

Just when it seemed as if things couldn’t get any worse.

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Ben Carson Says He’s Against Abortion in All Cases, Makes Slavery Comparison

The Republican presidential candidate isn’t shy about making comparisons with slavery in order to draw attention to present-day socio-political issues in America, and during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he invoked that historical disgrace once again in reference to abortion.

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Mississippi Yearning: Students Hope to Remove an Old and Odious Symbol

Students at the University of Mississippi have been organizing to force the removal of the state flag from campus.

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Many of the World’s 21 Million Slaves Live in the West

Wagner Moura “was used to seeing well-off families take in girls from poorer ones” to “live in their homes and be brought up as one of their own.” Later on, he “came to see it for what it really was.”

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A Historian Weighs In on Racism and Economic Inequality

What were “slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow, and urban apartheid if not extreme forms of economic inequality?” Seth Ackerman asks in the magazine Jacobin.

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A Little Slavery and Some Mass Graves Won’t Deter Obama From the TPP

After the Obama administration and congressional Republicans failed last month to delete from the controversial trade deal language banning trade with countries on a State Department human trafficking list, the president appears to have simply reclassified an offending nation.

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‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your Fourth of July?’

Independence Day is a fitting time to reflect on the role that grass-roots organizing for social change has played in building this nation.

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Apparently Justice Thomas Believes the Court Is No Place for Human Dignity

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stated in his closing opinion on the marriage equality case that “slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved.”

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America’s Slave Empire

The only way brutality and economic exploitation in prisons can be halted is by attacking the system of neoslavery that defines our prison system. Alabama prisoners are leading a call for work stoppages in an effort to break the U.S. system of mass incarceration.

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The Call for Reparations Rises Again

In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive “40 acres and a mule” to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves’ descendants is coming back to life.

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A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers

As Americans forget more and more of our nation’s troubling past, a misguided California prosecutor’s case against a young protester is turning the meaning of “lynching” inside out.

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Born Slaves: Child Labor in an ‘Adultocratic’ World

Injustice doesn’t have the same meaning for the average reader of this site as it does for a child who has grown up in precarious conditions, subjected to racism, a lack of emotional education and cultural training.

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Were Roman Slave Owners the First Management Theorists?

“Managing others always involves finding solutions to the age-old problems of assessing people from limited information, then incentivising, disciplining and rewarding them, to finally being rid of them,” Jerry Toner, author of “The Roman Guide to Slave Management,” writes in a piece for Aeon magazine.

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Why Obama Is Right to Avoid a Double Standard on Modern Christian Atrocities (Video)

President Obama, speaking on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, condemned religious extremism in the Muslim world. He then added, “lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that…slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox

The folk-wisdom incorporated into the story of the Tar Baby and Br’er Rabbit applies to the Middle Eastern wars from which the United States and the West want to retreat, but again and again find themselves caught deep in the tar.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good

The American public only loses when we don’t allow felons to try to reintegrate into society.

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For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.

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Medicine Is Racist Too

The medical field has “race corrected” measurements that just go to show there are inherent biases that run through many threads in everyday life, despite our trust in seemingly objective science.

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The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson

Four miles south of the Ferguson protest’s ground zero, along the same street, in the quietude of Calvary Cemetery, lies Dred Scott, the man born a slave who famously fought for his freedom in the courts.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Melville, Capitalism and Slavery

A new history of the events behind Herman Melville’s 1855 novella “Benito Cereno” takes up the question of how slavery shaped the “psychic and imaginative” dimensions of contemporary capitalism, rather than merely the “social or financial” aspects.

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Self-Described Prison Slave Said to Hide Plea for Help in Upscale Shopping Bag

After picking up a pair of boots at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, a young woman reportedly made an unsettling discovery.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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The American Story of Slavery

Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

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Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

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The Bleached Bones of the Dead

Slave ships were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments.

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The Internal Enemy

Know these lyrics? “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.” That’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


Louis CK on White Privilege and Slavery

The comedian explains why his daughter is not allowed to think bubble gum-flavored medicine is gross.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Where Do Today’s Slaves Live?

There are 30 million slaves in the world and 60,000 of them live in the United States, according to a new report. It’s time to acknowledge that slave labor still exists in many forms and do something about it.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Study Finds Modern Race Attitudes Parallel Old Slavery Zones

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered links between geographic areas of the South where slavery and the plantation economy dominated, and modern attitudes toward African-Americans and political conservatism. And it’s somewhat hereditary, with new generations reflecting the racial and social attitudes of their parents, according to the new study.

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