1. The only reason there hasn't been a movement to expel black people in mass from the post civil war period until the present, is because our labor and presence has always allowed white Americans to prosper, and no, I'm not even talking about just the rich ones. This has
2. Been a constant throughout American history and still exists today. After the civil war, black men, women and children would literally be pulled off the street, arrested for "vagrancy" incarcerated, and leased to private businesses and municipalities and forced to
3. Labor for free. And while yes, of course the folks who owned these businesses and local politicians profited, who do you think held the gun and made sure these black folks who were working on the chain gang didn't run away? It was working class white folks. And let's not even
4. Get into how these businesses and municipalities who profited gave a boost to white folks of all economic statuses for centuries. Even today, you can look at the current prison industrial complex and see not only private prison owners profiting, but also whole rural
5. Towns where folks work ad prison guards, administrative staff, etc. And this just doesn't exist in the criminal justice context, you can even look at something as simple as subprime loans and how when they blew up, it dragged down whole ass black neighborhoods while allowing
6. White neighborhoods which are similar in socio-economic standing go get a head start and recover faster when the economy started to rebound. Let's not even get into the glut of check cashing places, dollar stores, restraunts like McDonald's, etc which are highly concentrated
7. In black neighborhoods, where it isn't even uncommon to walk into these places and see black folks doing all of the work on the front lines, while there is somehow a white manager lurking in the background. So yeah, just remember first, just bcz slavery is over doesn't mean
8. That this country has stopped viewing us as property.
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