I just want to put this in perspective because I hear people saying we need new radical thinking and new ideas to fight old problems.
Relatively speaking the Abolitionist perspective is new and it IS a perspective. A way of looking at old problems in new ways.
Prison for profit. Justice for sale. Policing for profit. Asset seizure with no prosecutions. Prison slave labor. Debtors prisons. Cash bail. Bail bondsmen. Excessive fines and fees. Institutional racism in the justice system. All white juries. Police brutality. Over policing. Police militarization. New prison construction as economic development policies. International prison stock investments. The school to prison pipeline. Probation for profit, The prison industrial complex. Immigration detention quotas. Arrest quotas. Prison occupancy guarantees. Racism in the death penalty. Racism in sentencing. Political prisoners. Cultural criminalization. Racism in the media. Racism by omission. Racism by itself.
All of these and more are not just individual problems. They are recognizable symptoms of a much larger, older and broader system of evil. A crime against humanity. A crime of treason against citizens. A crime against the world.
A system so embedded as the "go to" way of doing things that this nation would not and could not have existed without it.
It's called slavery. End of conversation.
You have justified it, supported it, legalized it and practiced it openly every time. Only when the world turned upon your practices did you "slow down" at best.
When you see it like that your mind changes and so does your approaches. That is new thinking. Instead of trying to reform a crime you start wanting to end it and when you do that legally, as in put it in your damned constitution, it is called abolition.
If at any point your declaration of emancipation has an exception for any people and any reason then the whole thing is a lie.
How you can read this and not understand is in itself a problem. I mean after all aren't these few words the primary agreement that you base your freedom upon?
"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.". -13th amendment
I'm only here trying to make you conscious of your unconscious behavior.
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Move To Abolish 21st Century Slavery
"They would not call it slavery, but some other name. Slavery has been fruitful in giving herself names ... and it will call itself by yet another name; and you and I and all of us had better wait and see what new form this old monster will assume, in what new skin this old snake will come forth."
Frederick Douglas - North Star
"The only difference between slavery and convict leasing Is that with convicts so plentiful, they were seen as disposable."
Matthew J. Mancini - One Dies, Get Another: Convict Leasing in the American South, 1866-1928
“If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom.”
Ernestine Rose - History of Woman Suffrage: 1861-1876
“Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own conservation. It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around it favorable to its own continuance.”
Frederick Douglass - Reconstruction