BlackHouse, Aug. 23 – 23rd of August marks the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition realized centuries ago. In the United States, ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865 is considered the official abolition of slavery.
Abolition of slavery, however, did little to change the life of slaves, majorly African-Americans, in the United States. Though on surfaces, much transformation was made, Black people has been devoured by glass ceilings during the years hindering the advancement of their lives.
The story draws an upward trajectory of racial equality in America from the abolition of slavery to Brown v. Board of Education to the Civil Rights Act to the election of President Obama.
According to the 13th amendment, no slavery is permissible inside America except for punishment aims:
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.
The ruling, nevertheless, was misused by white supremacists arresting the black people for trivial crimes. The detainees were deployed to hard work as punishment. Around 2 million people, majorly black, were jailed in the US in 2015 considered the modern slaves. The group are exposed to hard work with no or little salary.
The election of the first black president in America seemed promising for the former official and current unofficial salves of the country. The US society, however, is more deeply rooted in slavery heresy to be transformed in such a simple procedure. 152 years after the abolition of slavery, the US African-Americans experience a modern and convoluted version of Slavery.