Some convict laborers had no arrest records They man have committed no crimes

Some convict laborers had no arrest records they man

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Some convict laborers had no arrest records They man have committed no crimes; or they may have been held longer than their actual sentence Many of the prisoners were young - teenagers, in some cases, younger than that Uneducated - illiterate, little if any schooling Law-abiding - except for an arrest for a petty crime - vagrancy, gambling, swearing in front of a white woman Pages 76, 97, 99, 99 quotes from blackmon (B) Institutionalization. Normalization Think of Temp work - Temporary work agencies These constitute a small industry today. They pay employees, network with and contact business who need workers. Temp work agencies are normal Convict leasing in time thus becomes normal The practice becomes so normalized that, at one point, large businesses bid against one another for the use of all state prisoners in Alabama Page 100 quote (blackmon) (C) Wealthy, powerful figures involved in convict leasing By 1903, U.S. DOJ begins investigating allegations of slavery & debt peonage Long Story short: investigations are almost entirely unsuccessful - hostility
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and uncooperativeness blunt almost every investigation But some of the south's wealthiest businessmen, as well as some political figures are involved in the practice Not only local police and judges, but also mayors and, in one case, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives Page 249 quote (Blackmon) Bearing False Witness against Blacks: an American tradition “Blacks are lazy” a) Prove it. B) does this imply whites are not lazy? c) Does this explain why black people tried to get jobs but were discriminated against for decades? “Blacks have no work ethic” a) Prove it. b) Does this imply that whites provide the model of a “work ethic” - by enslaving people perhaps? c) Is this why blacks have been exploited, manipulated, and at times sabotaged economically throughout the U.S. history? “Criminal Blackman” Criminalize black life: DWB (driving while black); WWB (walking while black); BPWB (being poor while black) Arrest lost of blacks and point at “crime rates” - trumpet loudly & repeatedly through the media Done for more than a century, till it’s culturally ingrained & normalized, what image (or unconscious perception) does this concretize in whitely identity? Whites are law-abiding citizens who respect Law & Order. White crime is individualized (“bad apples”); black crime is collectivized-: “criminalblackman” These slanders go back to the days of chattel slavery Devaluation of Black Citizens Convict leasing laborers were even more disposable than chattel slaves Page 96 quote (Blackmon) 03/12/2019 Paper theories Black people have an advantage of having never believed the lies and myths that white people actually believe Black people can see through the lies of white people, like how parents can see through the lies of their children Slightly insane of their own brainstorming, such as how they actually believe their own ideas
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