The Antebellum Period’S Perception Of Blacks In The United

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The antebellum period’s perception of Blacks in the United States has continued to have profound effects to this day. There is a perceived liberation of Blacks which is misinformed by the accession of Blacks into higher political positions (e.g. President Obama), which many objective scholars view as misplaced. Michelle Alexander states that law enforcement has become one of the many new conduits of suppression for African-Americans. Most crimes by Blacks are from purposeful setups. This is exemplified by a large number of African-American males in correctional facilities today, as well as the wanton brutality on people of color by law enforcement. Discrimination continues against Blacks. It only changes form. Alexander and other modern…show more content…
The occurrences in Lloyd’s plantation, according to Douglass, preempt any applicability of state laws (Douglass 50). He observed that the slave overseer was, all by himself, the law, the “accuser, judge, jury, advocate and executioner.” What he implied was that the occurrences in the plantations were permissible by the state since they were known to be perpetuated by slaves. Ironically, Douglass observed that his mistress was just a victim like himself of the crude system of slavery. He argues that nature had made his mistress a friend, and the system its mistress, therefore, casting her in the same as he, for it was not the cruel treatment that he loathed, but the fact that he was a slave (Douglass 126). Douglass’s description of the system of slavery speaks largely to how Blacks were conditioned for the prison system during the Reconstruction period. During this time, the state of Mississippi established the Parchman Farm. It was predominantly a labor camp for prisoners (Alexander 32). Slavery had been abolished just a decade earlier. The new source of cheap labor was the prison system. Alexander observes that this era, convict labor had just marked another phase in the long continuum of Black subjugation. She argues that when the appetite for labor was shifted to convict labor, prisoners suddenly became “younger and blacker” (Alexander 32). Therefore,

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