History June 06, 2019 at 01:00 pm

Here are the top 5 lies that have been told about American slavery

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor June 06, 2019 at 01:00 pm

June 06, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

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There is a gap in the 13th Amendment that basically allows people to be placed into forced labour as a form of punishment for being convicted of a crime. Pic credit: pastemagazine.com

Slavery is illegal in America

Contrary to popular belief that slavery became illegal over 150 years ago, the inhumane practice still persists in various new forms. Citing Ava Duvernay’s documentary 13th, Koski writes that there was a gap in the 13th Amendment that basically allows people to be placed into forced labour as a form of punishment for being convicted of a crime. For example, in January 2017, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson in Massachusetts presented local inmates as slave labour to help build the border wall with Mexico. Likewise, Duvernay’s documentary indicates that about 25 per cent of all people that are incarcerated in the world are in the U.S., making them prone to be put into slavery.

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