From my latest read, Assata: an autobiography by Assata Shakur:
“‘…i’d rather be in a minimum security prison or on the streets than in the maximum security prison in here. The only difference between here and the streets is that one is maximum security and the other is minimum security. The police patrol our communities just like the guards patrol here. I don’t have the faintest idea how it feels to be free.’…Any Black person in amerika, if they are honest with themselves, have got to come to the conclusion that they don’t know what it feels like to be free…”
[quoting the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution] 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.
“…That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in the hole…Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery…Prisons are a part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World People.”
Plain and simple truth. Prisons keep slavery alive. Shall we endure it?