I went out and read some of the history of the constitution. I learned a few things. It has been a long hard road for black persons in America. And things are still very unequal and detrimental to black persons.
“There’s a reason why this was written into law,” Childs said. “They needed to have a legal cover for [re-enslavement], and the best way to do that was to use [African Americans’] poverty, landlessness, joblessness — their collective dispossession — and the Jim Crow legal system as an excuse to re-enslave that population.”