How Obama Is Reversing the Civil Rights Movement - by Mark E. Smith
For anyone who hasn't already read Dougla A. Blackmon's book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, it is a must read. You can find the publisher's review along with reviews by many readers on amazon, goodreads, and many other sites. I've written many times about how the 13th Amendment established slavery instead of abolishing it, but Blackmon's book has the documented proof and it is much more horrifying than I could have imagined. Unfortunately, he only takes things up to WWII.
Here's my review:
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Slavery has not yet ended in the USA, but most people aren't even aware that it didn't end after the Civil War. Today the laws are more sophisticated, the courtrooms bigger, the proceedings always carefully recorded, but we have more prisoners than any other country in the world and they are disproportionately Black and "guilty" of nonviolent crimes. Torture, beatings, inadequate food, and lack of medical care are still common in US prisons, but prison officials have gotten better at hiding things and blaming the victims. The media and the public are all too ready to go along.
I think that things are going to get worse, not better. Although the US now has a Black President, so did many African countries like Uganda, and Idi Amin cannot be said to have improved the conditions of Blacks. Obama invaded and destroyed Libya, the country with the highest standard of living in Africa and where Blacks were treated with respect as equals, and has ignored the fact that the new regime he supports has been massacring Blacks. He has been dropping drone bombs and/or supporting Al Qaeda in Mali, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Syria and has sent US AFRICOM troops to 35 African countries. If he succeeds in recolonizing Africa, he or subsequent US administrations will need to encourage anti-Black sentiments in order to maintain control and prevent revolutions, and these sentiments will be adopted by much of the US public as being "patriotic" and in support of "national security," as US Blacks might be sympathetic to the plight of Africans once they understand what is going on.
I agree with most reviewers that this book should be required reading, and while it is necessary in order to understand our situation, it is not sufficient. We must extrapolate from the past into the present and the future. Our military and many huge multinational corporations are now dependent upon US prison labor, which is just as cheap and more convenient for them than foreign labor. The military-industrial complex will not allow reforms that could increase the costs of our wars of aggression along with corporate costs of obtaining resources and doing business.
Mark my words: Slavery has not ended in the United States and it is being globalized. Already we have no idea what is going on in our secret prisons overseas because they're secret. And we have supermax prisons here in the US where communications with the outside world are not allowed. Due process is no longer required to detain or kill US citizens. These are not temporary aberrations, they are fundamental to our capitalist system. Cutting labor costs is a way to maximize profits, and while lowering labor costs is helpful, eliminating labor costs to the greatest extent possible is still the best way to increase profits. Yet there are still millions of people who believe that this is the best system in the world and that this is the way that things were meant to be.
With the industrial and military pollution of the planet has come climate change beyond our abilities to control. Will anyone survive to write the history of slavery in our time as Blackmon has done for earlier times?
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