And even after so called emancipation, slavery reappeared in the US constitution as involuntary servitude for imprisonment, thus the New Jim Crow is in fact the glorification of slavery under the Constitution. The prison system is now part of the economy with the growth of private prisons with the commodity traded on the stock exchange along with oil, hogs, cotton and wheat. The enslaved prisoners are worth between $40-60 thousand dollars per inmate per year. The North American African and other poor persons cannot find jobs with a fifty thousand dollar per year salary but their value while incarcerated is indisputable.
Ironically, the US has promised insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan jobs, housing and education if they stop their violence and pledge allegiance to the constitutions of their countries, yet no such offer has been made to the young men and women in our communities who are terrorizing children, adults and senior citizens in the hood.
So the issue for North African Africans is the same as always, i.e. how to escape containment in the neo-slave system, how to walk, drive, shop, and essentially live while black or African, how we can get through the day without using our AK, to quote Ice Cube. This can be a daunting task since we must no only outmaneuver representatives of the neo-slave system in the form of police but other hostile North American Africans who can now kill without fear of paying compensation other than a few years of incarceration. Their self hatred is so pervasive they do not hesitate to kill another brother yet they are so ideologically ignut they seldom strike the white supremacy oppressors. Psychology 101 calls this misplaced aggression. Such misplaced aggression is directed toward another black male and/or female, especially a partner, this Dr. Hare calls our condition Addiction to White Supremacy Type II (See How to Recover from White Supremacy by Dr. M, aka Marvin X).
Suffering from the addiction to white supremacy type II, North American Africans will shop where they are not wanted, even allow themselves to be followed around the store, thinking because they have the wherewithal to buy anything (Oprah, et al), they have transcended the pain of racial discrimination, i.e., nigger rich but yet a nigger, certainly in treatment by the white oppressor.
Segregation forced us to support black businesses, integration tricked us into the illusion of freedom, so today we are simply overjoyed to spend money with the white man rather than with each other. We are happy to dine in restaurants beside whites even when we are seated near the rest room or kitchen, yes, even when we sit for some time without being waited upon because we simply were not "seen" by the waiter.
We know the elders are correct in assessing our present situation as worse than slavery, yes, even with a Black or half-black President, hell, we had black overseers who helped maintain slavery. As Prison Movement griot Kumasi has noted, the most dangerous Negro during slavery was that negro on the horse with a gun. Alas, the slave was not allowed neither horse nor gun! Throughout Africa and Caribbean we have a plethora of neocolonial African rulers often more treacherous than the former masters, after all, they learned how to torture and bleed the people and their resources from the master who continues to rule (Kwame Nkrumah said neocolonialism is simply colonialism playing possum) from the distance. Have our lives changed substantially under our first Black President, or have things gotten worse?
--Marvin X, Editor