In the words of the First Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Williams, “Slavery was not born of racism; rather, racism was the consequence of slavery.” Slavery began in the 16th century when Europeans had the so-called “Slave Traffic” involving African Americans, prisoners of war, and people unable to pay back debt to others. During this time there was no such thing known as “racism” but it slowly began to show as the Europeans began judging the differences of the African Americans. Everyone believed that if you did not have the same characteristics or act the same way as a certain group then you didn’t deserve the same rights as they had. People need to open up their eyes and see that slavery is abolished and along with slavery being gone, so should racism. To begin, many people have different opinions on whether slavery was the cause of racism or not.
In the minds of many Southerners, without slavery, the South and America as a whole, wouldn’t continue to be a growing economic powerhouse, and would lose its culture as a nation where White Christian, males, ruled society. For many, there was no South, no America, without slavery. History has shown time and time again that power corrupts. To hold onto their power, slave owners made sure their slaves were kept uneducated. As it is today, if you’re not born into your wealth, the primary way for people to escape from poverty is through education.
These slave codes placed harsh restrictions on slaves, depriving them of their rights and turning them into properties. However, slavery has been abolished in the United States of America thanks to many abolitionists. Many slaves are now free men and women. Nothing can be done to repair the wrongs of slavery, for it will always remain in the past. Now, Americans need to look to the future where slavery does not exist, where black and whites are found equal, and where racist is not a factor.
“Only 5 prosecutions in the United States for sex trafficking last year”(Kieran). So that means only 5 people in the whole United States faced punishment for trafficking humans. But it’s the third most committed crime in the world but only five people faced punishment. That should literally say that there is nowhere near enough being done if that many people are still going unpunished. Just five to put that in perspective that means in order for that to do anything one person being prosecuted would have to be committing human trafficking of 8 million people.
Fitzhugh states in paragraph two of The Universal law of slavery, “He would become an insufferable burden to society. Society has the right to prevent this, and can only do so by subjecting him to slavery.” He is referring to Africans not being smart enough to survive in the world. However, you can achieve better results with actual education, instead of subjecting him to slavery. In the 1800’s
Even though this is bad on its own the Triangular Trade is deemed much worse for multiple reasons. One of the reasons being that you were slaved completely on the way you looked, basically your race. Also, you worked in slavery until death and slavery was passed down to the slave's children. Unlike the slavery in Africa the slavery in the colonies came with specific rules. For example, it is stated "that all servants imported and brought into this country, by sea or land, who were not Christians in their native country, shall be accounted and be slaves, and as such be here bought and sold notwithstanding conversion" (Clark, 42).
“12 Years a Slave” takes an often forgotten narrative and makes it unforgettable. My view on slave’s loyalty to each other was completely changed. Previously, I believed that slaves ratting each other out was an uncommon experience. There seemed to be no need to eat one another out because it would not change their situation. Northup reveals that many slaves are so brainwashed, they believe they can help their situation by ratting out other slaves.
“I had never seen among people such instances of brutal cruelty (Equaino 56).” Cruelty was not only shown towards blacks but also among whites. The British were people of such noble and high standards, but they were seeking to low levels by enslaving humans just as the rest of the world. The horrors that occurred during the middle passage are detailed as gruesome and appalling. Inhumanity was a major issue during the middle passage. Slaves were treated as property with little value.
The culture and practices of their time avoided them any critical analysis of their status in the society. In fact, even when slaves started revolts and violent riots, there actions where only confined to that single occasion. Overall, there was no bigger picture in their eyes on the brutality of slavery. The conditions and the cultural understanding of that time were so clear-cut and strong on the idea of blackness and slavery, that most slaves probably even believed that they were racially inferior to the white master and that their role in the society was to serve. Mostly because the wonderful ideas of civil disobedience brought by Rosa Parks in 1955 where far from the slaves in the plantations, who lived centuries before the declaration of human rights and the abolition of slavery.
“The danger that innocent people will be executed because of errors in the criminal justice system is getting worse. A total of 69 people have been released from death row since 1973 after evidence of their innocence emerged. Twenty-one condemned inmates have been released since 1993, including seven from the state of Illinois alone. Many of these cases were discovered not because of the normal appeals process, but rather as a result of new scientific techniques, investigations by journalists, and the dedicated work of expert attorneys, not available to the typical death row inmate.”(Innocence and the Death Penalty: The Increasing Danger of Executing ). In the article it shows that it was at times that there were innocent people waiting to be executed even though they were innocent and were lucky that evidence of their innocence emerged if it didn't they would have be executed.