Transatlantic Slave Trade: Five hundred years later, Blacks and the justice system
STACY M. BROWN | 11/5/2018, 12:58 p.m.
“The deeply rooted belief in white supremacy that justified slavery survived its abolition in 1865 and undergird the new systems of African American labor exploitation and social control, namely Jim Crow that sought to replace what had been lost as a result of emancipation.”
As a result, slavery has caused certain symptoms of dysfunction in the African community, which has been reinforced in each generation, according to historians at the African Holocaust Network.
The legacy of slavery has promoted and nursed the direct association between being African and being inferior. Being African and being unequal. Being African and being incapable and less worthy.
It also promotes ways of thinking that continue to impede growth and development, such as cultivating dependence and reactive behaviors – more content to be, at best, an observer complaining about the world instead of being a change agent in the world.
“The deterioration of the Black American family is staggering,” Stephens said.
“If you ask a young Black American what they want to be when they grow up, most will say they want to be a rapper/singer, football player, basketball player or baseball player, and that is if they can tell you what they would like to be at all,” she said.
“No one tells them that only 0.03 percent make it to pro basketball, 0.08 percent make it pro football, and 0.45 percent make it pro baseball.”
“We have a 40 percent dropout rate; for every 100,000 Black men in the U.S., 4,777 are in prison or jail; for every 100,000 Black American women, there are 743 in jail or prison, and 72 percent of Black American women and teens are unwed mothers.”
Historians at the James Madison Montpelier in Virginia said that it’s no accident that the U.S. Constitution opens with a message of inclusivity, establishing “justice” and ensuring “domestic tranquility” for the people.
However, it’s what that most famous preamble – and, indeed, the rest of the document – doesn’t address that’s more telling: The Constitution’s authors omit the vital distinction between their view of the differences between persons and property and, in doing so, ultimately protect one of history’s most oppressive institutions – slavery.