The Black codes: framework for today’s laws

MSR Editorial








By Jessica Wright

Guest Commentator

In 1777, slavery was abolished and with that the slavery codes became stagnant. Slave owners who fought against the abolition of slavery were athirst for a turnabout against the new law. The general assembly of several states inducted the black codes in an attempt to perpetuate their perfidy.

Eventually the slave codes were transposed into black codes under the guise of equality. 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.

Montgomery, Alabama, in 1852 enacted unlawful assembly of free persons congregating with a slave. In modern-day language this black code would speak to movements such as the March on Washington in 1941, the Civil Rights Movement in 1945 and the Black Power movement of 1966. Communal assembly also negates minority groups such as the Black Panthers Party.

Propaganda brought on grievously unfavorable viewing of young minority groups who congregate in groups of three or more. The stereotypical movie Colors, released in the late 1980s, portrayed teenagers of different ethnic groups at war with one another. Unlawful assembly in the daytime or night was subject to immediate imprisonment as it still is today.

Delaware 1865: any free Negro or free mulatto shall not be admitted to charge a White man with being the father of a bastard child. Post-era this would be considered slander and defamation of character.

Florida 1865: if any Negro or mulatto, bond or free, shall at anytime use abusive language and provoking language or lift his hand and extended the permissible punishing lashes to 39 title 4.c.1 sec 2. This code post era emulates disorderly conduct or resisting arrest, the reckless charge received when the police have nothing to arrest us for.

Atlanta, Georgia 1865-66: any person shall take up any Negroes that shall be found out of the plantation or place where they belong, or incorporated town where they reside, acting unlawfully or under suspicious circumstances and found with an offensive weapon shall take them away if the Negro is insolent or refuses to answer, may whip said Negro (Dec. 1868). This law is an emulation to legal stop, search, seizure and loitering police brutality excessive force suspicious person who could be armed and dangerous.

South Carolina 1864-1866: “Be protected against the fraud and violence of the artful… and lawless… [But] they must be restrained from idleness, vagrancy and crime and taught the absolute necessity of strictly complying with their contractors of labors ([1865 neg. session p.17). This code is similar to the harassment received from the drug and gang taskforce. This code is inflicted upon the homeless and unemployed congregating in the same area daily and from a position of power the assumption we are all suspicious persons.

Texas 1866: all criminal prosecuting against ‘them” shall be conducted in the same manner as prosecution for the offences against the White race and they shall be subject to the penalties this black code disturbs me the most. Unless there was a heinous crime related to a murder, we have never had penalties until methamphetamines descended on their community’s. Methamphetamines or meth has the munitions to obliterate their superior race. The upper class continue to spur their lower class in a last ditch effort at a apostasy.


Jessica Wright is an inmate of Shakopee Correctional Facility.