The legacy of slavery is paramount in the resultant american social, political, cultural and economic order that exists currently. It must be understood that the fundamental features of american capitalism (and all other european capitalism/colonialism) relied on the labor of enslaved Africans as the primary source of economic gain. Also, it is worth noting that thirteen american presidents owned slaves -eight of which while in office.
Slavery is a complex system which fundamentally involves the negation of a human beings humanity and power for self-determination and autonomy otherwise, for the advancement and benefit of a “master”. In the context of european colonialism and capitalism, slavery is the complete domination and subjugation of a peoples. Interestingly enough, slavery was never abolished in the united states.
The 13th amendment of the united states constitution reads, “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted
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