5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know: Civil Rights

Honestly, there are so many things that most people don’t know about the Civil Rights movement. Perhaps I’ll make a longer list in the future. However, for now here are 5 facts about the Civil Rights movement that I found the most interesting.

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  1. 85% of Captured Slaves Died at Sea
    Of the 4,500,000 people who were captured and shipped out to be slaves, only about 650,000 made it. That means 3,850,000 people died. Many died of being sick on the boats, some who saw the opportunity plunged themselves into shark infested waters and were eaten. It’s beyond disturbing to think about.
  2. The famous Rosa Parks bus protest was planned ahead of time
    She didn’t just happen to get fed up with the bullshit of segregation laws one day(which, by the way, she WASN’T EVEN VIOLATING at the time of her arrest). The law required people of color to sit in the back half of the bus, which she was doing. Her arrest was unlawful… much like the killing of people of color by police nowadays.
  3. The 16th Street Baptist Church (which was bombed September 15th, 1963 by a white supremacist, killing 4 young girls) was the first black baptist church in Birmingham. It was designed by the only licensed black architect in Alabama at the time. I’ve been to this church a handful of times, and it is a beautiful building. (It’s been restored since the bombing and now is a bit of a tourist spot).
  4. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family sued the United State’s Government for the murder of Dr. King, and WON.
    Our government conspired to kill MLK. It’s fucking corrupt, alright?
  5. The United States prison system is literally modern day slavery
    The 13th amendment has a loophole built into it to keep people of color enslaved.

    “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.”

    This is why 37.7% of people in the US prison system are black. (about 70,849 people) It’s legal slavery, yo. Obviously there are a lot of white people that are incarcerated too. I’m not saying there aren’t. It’s still legal slavery.

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