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History Exposed: How Emancipation Didn't Mean Freedom (06/19/20)


What happens when emancipation doesn’t mean freedom? What are the oppressive histories that our history books failed to provide us? Didn’t the 13th Amendment abolish slavery? How did we get to today’s over-policing, police brutality, racially disparate laws, mass-incarceration, and prison-industrial complex?


Join Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) and the Convict Leasing and Labor Project (CLLP) as we reveal the history of oppression within the criminal justice system in Texas and beyond. We are kicking off our series on June 19th, known as Juneteenth—the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.


Our first guest in this series is Dr. Jermaine Thibodeaux, whose work on the Texas sugar industry has shed new light on Texas’s economic benefit from the oppression of people in the criminal justice system. In addition, Dr. Thibodeaux has examined the modern implications that Black male incarceration has on the development of Black communities in Texas.


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