“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
As stated before the 13th amendment to the Constitution of the United States supposedly ended slavery in the country. It however contained a loophole where slavery in practice could still exist via the Justice system. If an individual received a felony conviction he/she could be treated in practice like a slave legally.
Although the Civil War was officially over the need for labor to rebuild the states was still needed. The South was broke. However through this loophole cheap labor could be obtained via chain gangs and other prison-like entities. Many states created laws in an effort to subjugate the newly freed slaves driving them back to their former state. Hate groups were created such as the KKK in an effort to intimidate the former slaves and keep them from living freely. President Grant kept northern troops in the south to ensure this new freedom. Many Blacks were able to make personal progress during this period known as the reconstruction era. However during the election of 1877 it was decided to pull the northern troops out of the south the only protection available to southern Blacks. Subjugation became the rule. It would be another hundred years or the beginning of the civil rights movement before certain freedoms would be realized. Up to this point the 13th amendment loophole became the rule of the day. Cheap labor was needed and obtained using this law. This is still the case today through the Justice system.
I personally believe that through the grace and mercy and foreknowledge of God another loophole had been established whereby one could share in the blessing of Abraham and his descendants. In Genesis chapter 12 verse 3 He promised to bless those who were a blessing to Abraham and his descendants. In my opinion no one fulfills this more than the African American slaves. The foundations of this country made the democratic ideology a reality. The slaves built this foundation but were never able to enjoy what they made available to so many others seeking freedom from persecution, etc. Jews were at the top of the lists. We through our enslavement gave them a place to go and flourish. Not only that, but this country has been the main supporter of the nation of Israel in nearly every area. We have been the blessing now it is time to be blessed. I believe it is going to take supernatural intervention for us to enjoy what we have made available to so many others.
Your comments are more than welcome.