Souls of white folks

SAINT SOLOMON | 11/23/2017, midnight
Soul is defined as the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect.
(Bill Moore photo)

Soul is defined as the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect.

For nearly half of century, the lives of Black folks have solely depended on the souls of white folks. In 1619, soulless white men completely eradicated the spirits of a score of Africans by Americanizing them as legal property. And, of course, whether indentured servants or lifelong servitude, one of the first laws was, “All persons except Negroes are to be with arms and ammunition.”

By the 1700s, the moral souls of certain white folks kidnapped nearly 70,000 Africans annually, brought them to America, and then enslaved them. They were forced to work from dusk to dawn, picking cotton and producing tobacco. If they refused to labor, or even slacked on the job, they were punished. Penalties consisted of being flogged to death, whipped, hanged or cut apart while spinning on a wooden wheel.

In the 1800s, the souls of certain white folks allowed the inexplicable slave trade to quadruple. The acquisition of the Louisiana territories, known as the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 by the Jefferson administration, doubled the size of the American territory and its availability to the expansion of slavery. The number of slaves soared from 10,000 to an estimated 45,000. Fortunately, the souls of many northern white folks began rejecting and condemning the institution of slavery. To prove that their souls were opposite of their countrymen, they began sheltering run-a-way slaves. Before long, the American Civil War erupted.

Because southerners were sore losers, these lost souls immediately began to construct prisons, a place where slavery was still legal. By 1900, the number of U.S. penitentiaries in the South spiked—inmate populations surpassed 30,000. African-Americans became the majority, replacing immigrants. Chain gangs became common, filling the labor shortage caused by the end of slavery. Prisoners worked 15-hour days without pay. Similar to slavery, in three decades, the prison population quadrupled. “All persons except felons are to be with arms and ammunition.”

Now in the 2000s, although African-Americans only comprised 12 percent of the United States population, they are 34 percent of the prison population. And, now, according to the latest presidential election, more than 60 million souls of white folks want to make America great again.