Slavery to Mass Incarceration

The elaborate myth of racial difference that was created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved.

The legacy of slavery can be seen in the presumption of guilt and dangerousness assigned to African Americans, especially young men and boys, the racial profiling and mistreatment that presumption creates, and the racial dynamics of mass incarceration.

"Slavery to Mass Incarceration" is narrated by Bryan Stevenson. The art is by Molly Crabapple.

EJI’s Race and Poverty project explores racial history and attempts to deepen our understanding of the legacy of racial injustice. By telling the truth about our past, EJI believes we can create a different, healthier discourse about race in America.

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