African Americans and the Prison System

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African Americans in Prison

Is the criminal Justice system replacing slavery as a Means of Oppression?

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Intro¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K..1

Part 1 : SLAVERY

I. The History of Oppression and African Americans¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K..

III. The lasting effects of slavery: continuous oppression¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K

a. The lost sense of culture and cultural pride: Feeling of inferiority

b. No economic foundation

c. Unleveled playing field

IV. Maintaining oppression¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K.

PART 2 : THE NEW AGE SLAVERY: The Prison System

I. The Prison Institution¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K II.
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Socially, the institution of slavery allowed white slave owners to believe they had not only physical control, but physical and mental superiority over the slaves. With only a few exceptions, all slaves were Africans. This fact placed the label of inferiority on black skin.
The actual institution of slavery as it relates to master and slave lasted up in till the Civil war. The American Civil War was fought, in part, over slavery. During the war, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which ¡§freed¡¨ all slaves. This seemingly, brought the end of slavery throughout the United States, but unfortunately left a lasting impression. From this point on slavery took on a new form as former slaves being associated with the label of inferiority.

II. The lasting effects of slavery: continuous oppression

Slavery is defined by Webster¡¦s dictionary as ¡§The state of being under the control of another person¡¨ . Aalthough the actual physical control and violence supposedly ended after the emancipation proclamation, The intangible theory of supremacy derived from the institution of slavery resulted in many lasting effects. These effects in and of themselves are a form of force, a form slavery.

a. The lost sense of culture and cultural pride: Feeling of inferiority

Slave drivers made great efforts to eliminate African culture. For instance Africans were beaten if they were caught speaking their native languages or carrying out
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