by, 09-15-2009 at 04:32 PM (722 Views)
The Re-codification of Western Slavery
I originally wrote this paper to clarify to the reader that the western paradigm of slavery has not ended. However, I am putting my opinions in a forum that there are a lot of sisters and brothers who are mental giants compared to me so this paper then represents (I hope) a contribution to the clarification that we are not free and freedom i.e., how to organize to gain it, needs to be on our minds constantly and that revolution must be a constant condition. By that I will continue.
First of all, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free one African in America, it is not a law, it is what it says it is, a statement of proclaiming a matter not actually setting it into law.
Secondly, it was the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that abolished the form of chattel slavery we have learned about historically and actually re-codified slavery for modern use. The Government of The United States of America did not find it feasible to have chattel slavery because of the mechanization of the Industrial Revolution. Thus, there existed among the ruling class a crisis that sparked the Civil War which resulted in a more sophisticated form of Slavery.
If you read the 13th Amendment you will find this: "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."
Now, this is a clever way of saying: Slavery or involuntary servitude as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction .This is grammatically equivalent. By the simple method of extracting the negatives, neither, and nor, the actual exception clause is no longer needed because there are no exceptions (i.e., if a person is convicted of a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, that person is a literal a slave or subject to involuntary servitude).
We must have a clear understanding that we were brought to America to serve the interest of the ruling class. The ruling classes are the elite bankers who control the issuance of money to The State, thus making dictates and defining the function of the State. The State comprises of the several branches of Government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial; all of which grew out of the theft of others resources, slavery, colonialism and imperialism. So from its inception it was organized around repression and is maintained by repression and colonial terror. Historically, the role of The State as it pertains to Black people in America was to ensure Black people are kept in servitude/slavery to whites.
In the interest of the ruling class, The State made concessions like The Civil Rights and The Voting Rights Acts. Notwithstanding, this did not change the nature of the relationship of the Diaspora Africans in America that is, one of being colonial subjects of The State.
Having the right to vote for example does not mean that a person is free; Camus raised a point that is workable in terms of our relationship to America by saying: "What better way to enslave a man than to give him the vote and call him free?" Having a lot of money does not mean a person is not a colonial subject. Because if the ruling class determines that the person is working against their interest, then they use the State to seize their way of acquiring any of that money or in extreme terms make it impossible for them to use it by seizing that person himself or herself. Being able to travel to another country does not make a person less of a colonial subject because if The State decides to revoke that certificate to travel (known as a passport) outside of their borders, then that person's ability to travel outside will be restricted. If The State determines they do not want a colonial subject to drive then they simply revoke their certificate to drive (called a driver's license). Furthermore, if The State determines that they want a person's children, then they confiscate them as well (this is because The State has the issued the parent a certificate of birth) and anything The State gives is for the interest of The State and not the colonial subject and is subject to revocation at anytime.
In conclusion the rule here in America is: The possessions of the colonial subject, their children and their own selves are all subject to seizure by The State. Once in State custody, they become more clearly State Property; they are servants and/or slaves, subject to the commands of The State under the ultimate threat of death by State power.
In America, this is the world Black people live; a world that is coercive and terroristic by nature which terrorizes Africans on a daily basis. It is a world that threatens the African with slavery and/or Death. It is a world that our neighborhoods are surrounded by slave catchers, also known as The Police (they threaten the African with incarceration which is slavery or death at the barrel of their guns).
Slavery is not over, only redefined. In order to change this relationship we must unify around these common problems, organize and begin to control our situation so that we can have power. There is no liberation and freedom without power and there will be no peace without justice. So freedom should be on our minds in a constant manner, every day, just like any oppressed or enslaved person. We must begin to live by the saying: "Live free or die!" --Delgres, African patriot in Gwadloup (Guadeloupe)
For further clarification, view the clips listed below. It clarifies some of the points I just mentioned. America was initiated by lies, violence, and slavery, established with lies, violence and slavery and is to this very hour maintained on lies, violence and slavery.
Oscar Wilde summarized this point by saying: "America has never known civilization, it is the only country in the history of the world that has gone from barbarism to decadence without passing through civilization.".
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLSJbdGs8DA"]YouTube - slavery by another name[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt6gPZO8XRw"]YouTube - Privatized Prisons and Prison Labor IS Slavery[/ame]