John Legend touched on a point made by Michelle Alexander in her outstanding work, The New Jim Crow. Slavery has been transferred to incarceration, creating a sub-class of citizenry, mostly of Black and Brown men.
The 13th Amendment makes it plain.
"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."
WASHINGTON – Earl Lloyd, who grew up in Alexandria and became the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association when he took the court for the Washington Capitols in 1950, has died. He…