From Slave To Criminal In One Amendment – The 13th
It’s a time of polarized attitudes about mass incarceration, brutality, and the explosion of for-profit prisons and their affiliates. Today’s show explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. A reading of one sentence in the 13th Amendment to our Constitution is the foundation of Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13TH. “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.” In other words, slavery shall not exist except as punishment for crime. It’s in our Constitution. Incarceration equals slavery. Today’s prisons, which house millions of persons of color, are simply the next incarnation of the centuries-old U.S. exploitation of those who have been deemed “lesser personages”.
Jaws of Justice hopes to effectively double down to both educate our listeners and inspire them to take a stand against racial injustice in the USA. Both Democratic and Republican administrations are responsible for burgeoning prisons and the devastating effect of past policies on an entire minority population. These corporations and/or organizations depend upon and profit from the rounding up of as many able-bodied people as possible to maintain their standing on Wall St.
Host Teresa Wilke’s first guest is Lyle Gibson, Division Chair/Social Sciences & Professor of History at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) KCMO who will talk about the history of slavery, Jim Crow and forced labor from the Civil War into the 20th Century.
Professor Gibson is author of a book on his family’s multiracial history. Gibson’s book “Black Tie White Tie” was turned into a documentary of the same name. Its public premiere was at MCC-Penn Valley in February. Meanwhile, Gibson is working on another film project. He’s serving as producer, historical consultant and narrator for “Legacy: Spirit of the Black Panthers,” which will focus on the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party and the services they provided to the community. He is the president and executive director of the Elijah Adkins Reed Historical Preservation Society; member of the Midwest Afro-American Genealogy Interest Coalition; Black Achievers, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and a Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area contributor.
Then Teresa returns with Max Parthas of New Abolitionists Radio about legalized slavery and human trafficking in the United States which they say is inadequately referred to as “mass incarceration”. As Max Pathas says, “You’re not dealing with mass incarceration, you’re dealing with slavery. You can’t reform slavery! It’s a crime!” Max will speak on social actions to amend the US Constitution so as to abolish slavery. You can join that discussion every Wednesday evening, 7 PM Central time, on the award-winning weekly radio broadcast and podcast series, New Abolitionists Radio, at http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/newabolitionistsradio/.