American immigration policy is informed by race
came here as involuntary immigrants but they had the strength to hold on.”
Carson uttered that nonsense in response to an earlier statement in which he postulated that, while in the bottom of the slave ships, the Africans were speculating about the good life their descendants would have in the future.
I will not defend Ben, nor launch any dia tribe against him, but his statements offer us a great teaching moment.
Make no mistake. The words “slavery,” “immigration,” “voluntary” and “involuntary” should never be used in the same sentence.
Slavery in the USA was, and continues in its legacy, to be the backbone of an economic system built on the backs, and with the blood, sweat, and tears of people forcefully brought from Africa, who were constantly moved around the Caribbean, South and Central America, and within this country’s borders.
A little historical fact might help you better understand how insidious the economic practice was to produce slave material for the USA: Rather than continue to ‘import’ new slaves, after the USA 1808 ban on the slave trade, planters calculated that it was cheaper for them to breed their own stock. Males (studs) were transported around to service females (breeders). It was a planned program to keep costs of importation down and improve the stock; the issues of this breeding program were subject to profitable sales, hence, the beginning of an internal migration/deportation program for Africans.
Yes, we were part of an insidious ‘immigration policy’ in the USA that for centuries counted our presence as commodity (chattel), and subject to various forms of deportation; i.e. between slave sales markets .i.e. plantation to plantation.
Post emancipation, the deportation of blacks, especially black men, into the penal system of the USA, continues to generate income to privately-owned prisons, some of which are traded on the stock market (see GEO, formerly Wackenhut, Corrections Corporation of America, and Management and Training Corp.), and which receive large government contracts as well as investments from banks, major corporations and private investors.
By the way, Texas has the largest number of these facilities, followed by California, and Florida is not far behind, along with Mississippi. Talk of increasing support for these deportation centers has escalated under Trump. I am not exposing anything new. I just want to keep you ‘woke.’ Toniwg1@gmail.com