United States of America’s own special Apartheid: 1874 through today…


“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” New Living Translation This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads 

It is so much easier to turn the other cheek and not see what is happening right around you everyday, or to say “someone” will take care of that situation but not me!

A Sufi Teaching Story

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten.

And seeing them the holy one went down into deep prayer and cried,

“Great God, how isit that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?”

And out of the long silence the voice of God gently and challengingly spoke,

“I did do something, I made you!”

“Convict lease”


“Convict leasing was a system of penal labor practiced in the Southern United States, beginning with the emancipation of slaves at the end of the American Civil War in 1865, peaking around 1880, and officially ending in the last state, Alabama, in 1928. It persisted in various forms until World War II.

Convict leasing provided prisoner labor to private parties, such as plantation owners and corporations such as the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company. The lessee was responsible for feeding, clothing, and housing the prisoners. While northern states sometimes contracted for prison labor, the historian Alex Lichtenstein notes that,

“only in the South did the state entirely give up its control to the contractor; and only in the South did the physical “penitentiary” become virtually synonymous with the various private enterprises in which convicts labored.”[1]

Corruption, lack of accountability, and racial violence resulted in “one of the harshest and most exploitative labor systems known in American history.” [2] African Americans, due to “vigorous and selective enforcement of laws and discriminatory sentencing”, made up the vast majority—but not all—of the convicts leased.[3]

The writer Douglas A. Blackmon described the system:

“It was a form of bondage distinctly different from that of the antebellum South in that for most men, and the relatively few women drawn in, this slavery did not last a lifetime and did not automatically extend from one generation to the next. But it was nonetheless slavery – a system in which armies of free men, guilty of no crimes and entitled by law to freedom, were compelled to labor without compensation, were repeatedly bought and sold, and were forced to do the bidding of white masters through the regular application of extraordinary physical coercion.[4]” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convict_lease