4. Louisiana’s White Supremacy

On May 12, 1898, Louisiana passed a state Constitution that included poll taxes, non-unanimous juries, literacy tests and other restrictions that virtually eliminated Black political power. To make sure white people weren’t affected, the new constitution included “grandfather clauses” that excluded white residents from the racist provisions.


Eighty percent of people who are still in prison because of non-unanimous juries are Black. Even in majority-white districts, Black voters are unable to elect their own judges. The state also has its own Electoral College that tilts the voting power toward its white majority.

Of course, I would never refer to this as white supremacy. But the E.B. Kruttschnitt, the president of the Louisiana Constitutional convention explained why they enshrined those laws into the state’s DNA:

“I say to you, that we can appeal to the conscience of the nation, both judicial and legislative and I don’t believe that they will take the responsibility of striking down the system which we have reared in order to protect the purity of the ballot box and to perpetuate the supremacy of the Anglo-Saxon race in Louisiana.”


3. Felony Disenfranchisement

When Florida’s citizens voted to amend the constitution to end its practice of disenfranchising people convicted of felonies, Republicans were like: “Fuck that democracy shit.


Then the Trump-appointed federal judges were like: “Fuck that democracy shit.”

So they fucked that Democracy shit.

2. Redlining

Perhaps no government policy has affected the economic well-being of this country more than the government policy of redlining. It...


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1. Slavery

No, not that one.

But also, yes, that one.

The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery but they included a loophole that said: “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..”


But why are Black people the ones who are always “duly convicted”?

Have you ever heard of corrupt police officers, overzealous prosecutors, mass incarceration industry, biased judges, private prisons, penal profiteering, the war on drugs, the war on crime, or plain old war?


You haven’t?

Well, have you ever heard of white people?

Maybe you should learn their history