A Reflection Of Liberation And Spirituality Essay
A reflection of Liberation and Spirituality
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. I remember saying this in elementary school, the only black girl in class. We then would wait until February, Black history Month, to deal with any of the implications that came with colonization. The trans Atlantic slaves voyagers would last from approximately 1526 to 1867, kidnapping over 12 million slaves from the coasts of Africa. Almost 11 million of the surviving chained persons would then be kicked of the boat in a foreign land, now called America. After hundreds of years of dehumanization, President Abraham Lincoln would sign the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863. The 13th amendment goes as follows:
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.
“Except as a punishment for crime.” This loophole in the "freeing of slaves" would then clasps the chains right back on.
Imagine Small towns of plantation owners, each with a few hundred of slaves, fear when the citizenry majority shifted and now the population is dominated by black ex-slaves. The loophole of the 13th amendment would then be exploited and once again enslave free persons but now deemed as criminals. Blacks were deemed criminals for their black bodies. Lies, false accusations, and setups would be the means in which whites…