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Slavery by Another Name is the title of both a book and a documentary film that challenge oneofAmerica’smost cherished assumptions:thebeliefthatslavery in thiscountry ended with theEmancipationProclamation.
They reveal how even as chattel slavery came to an endinthe Southin1865,thousands ofAfricanAmericans and some poor whiteswere pulledbackinto forced laborwithshockingforceand brutality.
Itwasasystem in which men,often guiltyof no crime at all, were arrested,compelledtoworkwithoutpay,repeatedlybought and sold, andcoerced todothebidding ofmasters.Tolerated byboth theNorthand South,forced laborlasted wellintothe 1940’s.
On April 28, Juneteenth Cincinnati and HOME held the second in a series of panel-led discussions based on issues raised in the book & documentary Slavery by Another Name. These panel-led discussions, along with over 25 small group discussion held in 2015, focus on educating people around root causes of these issues as well as developing an action plan to help turn the tide so that we all have the possibility of reaching our full potential as American Citizens.
The April 28 discussion focused on the impact on people and community and the problems and trauma associated with it.
The country is again struggling with disparate viewpoints on race and the criminal justice system which at times have let to confrontations in the streets.
n the late 1800’s black men in the south were often convicted by a corrupt justice of the peace for “loitering” or simply walking the railroad tracks. As “convicts” they were sold to local farmers and industries (including US Steel), where they were held in bondage with the pretense that they were working off their sentences.
In 2015 in Cincinnati a young black man was stopped for having no license plate and within minutes was shot in the head. This came in a year in which such encounters made national headlines over and over. And in decades in which the incarceration rate for young black men far exceeds that for others.
In 2015 Juneteenth Cincinnati began inviting various organizations to convene discussions that used Slavery by Another Name as a basis for looking at the historical roots of these problems and how we can use this not only to understand how we got to this point but how to move beyond to a better future.
Gwen Ifill interviews Douglas Blackmon, the author of Slavery by Another Name