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Incorrect. The Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaves.
When Lincoln "freed the slaves", he freed the SOUTHERN slaves, not the NORTHERN slaves.
That on the first day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free;
I'm addressing over 100 years of racist policy STILL in effect today. Those policies can't be described in any other way and constitute what can only be described as systemic racism.
The notion that people with a certain shade of skin cannot get ID
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
No, you don't just give up and say screw it. There isn't a country on earth that doesn't protect its labor markets with immigration laws. Except, apparently, the US. Hell, i couldn't even get through the border into canada to provide training to coworkers at a site up there. We had to have them fly down, get trained here, then fly back up to train their peers. Because Canada is fanatical about protecting its labor market. That is the kind of thing an effective government does to prevent starving masses and whatnot.
originally posted by: underwerks
a reply to: YouSir
Cannabis prohibition was started for an explicit racist purpose, to criminalize being Mexican.
At the turn of the 20th century, cannabis—as it was then commonly known in the United States—was a little-used drug among Americans. With the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, however, many Mexicans began moving to the United States, and they brought with them the tradition of smoking marihuana. Amid a growing fear of Mexican immigrants, hysterical claims about the drug began to circulate, such as allegations that it caused a “lust for blood.” In addition, the term cannabis was largely replaced by the Anglicized marijuana, which some speculated was done to promote the foreignness of the drug and thus stoke xenophobia. Around this time many states began passing laws to ban pot.
The “War on Drugs” itself was a racist act so the government would have a way to arrest and jail the anti-war left and black people.
From Nixon adviser John Erlichman:
"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news."
"Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did,"
Those two, especially the lie that is the war on drugs led to a lot of the inequality we’re seeing today. Militarized police, cartels, cartel violence, inner city neighborhoods being treated more like occupied enemy territory than places where Americans live. The inequality that is the justice system. Private prisons, the 13th amendment which allows people to be worked as slaves if they’re imprisoned for drug offenses. On and on..
Gun control. The Mulford act. The very first gun control laws were by Republicans who were terrified of black people owning guns in California when the black panthers took up arms to protect their communities from racist police.
The Mulford Act was a 1967 California bill that repealed a law allowing public carrying of loaded firearms. Named after Republican assemblyman Don Mulford, and signed into law by governor of California Ronald Reagan, the bill was crafted with the goal of disarming members of the Black Panther Party who were lawfully conducting armed patrols of Oakland neighborhoods, in what would later be termed copwatching. They garnered national attention after Black Panthers members, bearing arms, marched upon the California State Capitol to protest the bill.
These are just a few off the top of my head. The further we go back in history, the more examples there are.
That's not the argument. The argument is that there are a number of people who would have difficulty proving citizenship. It turns out that a large proportion of those people are in lower income groups. And blacks are over-represented there. So many are affected, but blacks are most affected.
originally posted by: Phage
The argument is that there are a number of people who would have difficulty proving citizenship.