Most of the South’s eight million whites were not a slave holder. Only a fraction of the wealthiest white family owned most of the 4 million slaves. After the civil war ended and the African Americans gained their freedom, the Southerners feared that the more the blacks gained, the more the whites would lose. The blacks were able to buy properties, guns and had gained freedom like the rest of the country. But that didn’t last too long as they were discriminated against by passing new laws that target African Americans. The end of slavery freed ill equipped people that weren’t educated much and had been oppressed their whole lives.
The thing that surprised me the most were the types of crimes that these newly freed slaves were charged with. Fake and outrageous accusations caused many African Americans to stay behind bars, often treated worse than slaves. Walking on railroads, speaking loudly near white women, spitting, drinking in public, and loitering were few of the reasons why an African American would spend the rest of their life in jail and prisons, never to be seen by their family and loved ones again.
The Southern states were coming up with more new laws as a way to discriminate more African Americans on a da...
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...s than 100 years ago, we can allow this history to use as a tool to improve our future. Without the use of violence, and with education, we can combat the modern day slavery that takes place all over the world to this day. We can use this history to better reform our criminal justice system and put an end to the private prison industrial complex, the modern day convict leasing. It’s time, again, for a police reform!
We need to train our police officers in communication skills, and establishing trust and common ground with the community. We need to change the way the justice system punishes a minor crime and end corruption behind the criminal justice system. Although crime has dropped in the past few decades, the incarceration rate has nearly sextupled since 1971. We must do something about this corrupt system and bring change and justice to the one’s accountable.
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