Our response to “What To The Slave Is The 4th of July” by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1952.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “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.”
151 years after it’s ratification, the United States has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population.
There are 2.3 million Americans behind bars today-65% are people of color, and over 90% are poor or low-income.
Prisoners earn less than a dollar per hour working for everyone from Victoria’s Secret to the State of California.
How far have we really come from slavery? Can we imagine a world without prisons? Beginning this month, the YJC challenges you to enter the debate. Send us your thoughts, comments and art.