“Don’t you know that slavery was outlawed?”
“No,” the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons.”
I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“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.”
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people.
Assata (via michellehuxtable)
I tell my students this every single semester.
THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE EVER LAID EYES ON
Artist credit: SPseungryu
- Child’s Play
- THOR 2011
- SILENT HILL 2006
- 장화, 홍련: A Tale Of Two Sisters 2003
- Alice In Wonderland 2010
- The Walking Dead
- Friday The 13th
- The Ring
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
- BBC Sherlock
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- 좋은 놈,나쁜 놈,이상한 놈 : The Good, The Bad, The Weird 2008
- Doctor Who
- 해를 품은 달 : Embraces month year
- MOZART L’OPERA ROCK, 2012
- 더킹 투하츠 : The king 2Hearts
- X-Men: First Class 2011
- Kamen rider fourze
- Star Wars
- 초능력자 : Haunters 2010
- White Collar
- The Finder
- Jekyll and Hyde
- 옥탑방 왕세자 : Prince on the Roof
- The Mentalist
- 뿌리깊은 나무 : Deep-rooted trees
There once was a young boy with a very bad temper. The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.
On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad!
Over the course of the next few weeks, the little boy began to control his temper, so the number of nails that were hammered into the fence dramatically decreased.
It wasn’t long before the little boy discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Then, the day finally came when the little boy didn’t lose his temper even once, and he became so proud of himself, he couldn’t wait to tell his father.
Pleased, his father suggested that he now pull out one nail for each day that he could hold his temper.
Several weeks went by and the day finally came when the young boy was able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
Very gently, the father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
“You have done very well, my son,” he smiled, “but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.”
The little boy listened carefully as his father continued to speak.
“When you say things in anger, they leave permanent scars just like these. And no matter how many times you say you’re sorry, the wounds will still be there.”
I was waiting for it to be funny but this is actually really deep
Nice to see you too, dog.
o m g
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