Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Five-Dollar Negro

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Anonymous - What were the effects of the Southern Homestead Act of 1866?

Muhammad Rasheed - The white peoples of the time saw the Southern Homestead Act of 1866 as yet another opportunity to continue to plunder the wealth intended for the newly-freed Black people, as the land was established by the liberal-majority Congress to aid the Black Freedmen in getting economically stable. Whites came from all over to fraudulently apply as Black people, while the actual Black people found they had to jump through numerous hoops, especially if they too came from out of the region.

In the end, most of the land was secured by whites, with the ultimate effects being that the greater white communities used the stolen free land to build up generational legacy that played a huge part in increasing the ever-widening wealth gap between the races, while the cheated Black communities continued to be exploited in the anti-Black systemic racism trends that left them in deeper and deeper impoverishment.

MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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