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The Black codes: framework for today’s laws

By Jessica Wright

Guest Commentator


Conclusion of a two-part editorial


In this succinct article I will embosom the semantics of the black code in the 21st century we continue to adhere to, the flagrant rules and regulations that recur in an attempt to further attenuate Blacks. [From part-one, published in last week’s issue]

Black children who were orphaned or their parents were destitute were handed over to the state, who in turn handed these children over to plantation owners. This is now called child protection. The black codes did nothing more than give free Blacks the opportunity to become slaves under contract, which were illegal to break. The only alternative was imprisonment and then being retired to their former plantation with a sentence of hard labor. Continue Reading →

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