A serious reminder: Please note that prison labor In the US is not "like" slave labor, it is expressly slave labor. The constitution allows for forcing slave labor upon inmates. It *is* slave labor, it is exactly slave labor, and it has never been anything but slave labor.

The exact wording of the 13th Amendment is "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." Expressly, slave labor is still perfectly legal, so long as the state can make you into a criminal, and it will if it can.

racism, heavy sarcasm 

@colophonscrawl
I think this is a good toot. I don't think the past existence of hereditary chattel slavery should prevent us from describing prison slave labour as slave labour.

@colophonscrawl Now do people understand why there's a school to prison pipeline? And a private prisons industry. It's institutional slavery still going today with the constant threat to black people that they will become slave laborers for the rich white capital class.

@colophonscrawl and the state also has the power to make almost anything you even do a crime, without you even knowing it until you're sentenced

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