In the slavery times of old, slaves were used to pick cotton in the cotton fields on plantations. The conditions were horrific, working 6 days a week, 16 hours per day.
The slaves were often subject to the cruelest punishments imaginable with whippings, beatings, torture, rape and murder being every day events in their lives.
(Image left - Worker with cotton)
The owners of the plantations employed overseers, they took care of the actual day to day running of the business with the help of slave drivers who were usually other slaves. The owners of the plantation usually applied pressure on the overseers to increase production and the amount of cotton that the slaves picked. The overseers and slave drivers did this by brutalising slaves who underperformed.
(Image right - Worker with crack)
Former Slave Moses Grandy’s account of an Overseer
“Overseer McPherson gave the same task to each slave; of course the weak ones often failed to do it. I have often seen him tie up persons and flog them in the morning.
Council Estates in the UK are the new Plantations
Its no accident that more than half the children in the UK now grow up in poverty.
London whilst presenting itself as a modern, wealthy, international city, actually has the worst rates of child poverty in the country. It is essential that the Government maintains these levels of poverty to ensure the UK drug trade has enough workers.
With the “end” of slavery of old, former slaves were free to hire out their time. In essence it is still the system we have now. People hire their time out to companies who pay them by the hour. However the former slaves suffered phenomenal challenges with racism, lynchings, murder, abuse and social conditions specifically designed to keep the former slaves and their communities from progressing.
Unions were formed which prevented former slaves from getting jobs, earning a living and surviving.
However a major issue was identified, without slaves who would do the work which was still required for the owners to make money?
A few options for the former slaves emerged after the “end” of slavery:
Obtain land - some of which used to belong to the owners of the plantation before the Civil War - with this they could plant their own food and survive
Move to another part of the country to find work in the cities
Continue to work for former slave masters (owners) for wages which were often paid with part of the harvest
Sharecrop - This involved working on a piece of land and receiving a fixed share of the crop, which was usually half
Pool the little money they had together, buy land and build communities for themselves - Many did this and founded communities all over the country
Many of the communities they founded were very successful and profitable but were subsequently destroyed by hate groups.
But what does all this history have to do with now?
Doesn’t it sound familiar?
Poor people from all communities are subject to the Slavery we have today.
Opportunities to get real jobs or start real businesses are restricted, with only slave jobs available, like warehousing, retail, construction. Jobs that don’t really allow a person to live a full life and support their family, only barely survive whilst making money for the owner.
Children from estates and ghettos believing that the drug trade is a means of escaping poverty not realising the system has been set up for them to think exactly that.
Modern day lynchings
Smiley Culture and Mark Duggan
A few things young people try to escape poverty and slavery:
Find a Traphouse to base operations or plant your own Cannabis
Go “Cunch” to make money out the city in the country
Work on a line belonging to someone else or run your own line, the money still goes up to the owner unlesss you are buying direct from the producers or producing yourself
Like ticking food or taking food on consignment (securing drugs on consignment)
Friends who move food (sell drugs) put their money together to buy bigger bits and reduce costs. (people put their money together to buy larger quantities to reduce costs)
Many lines grow successful but are targeted by rival gangs like certain groups in the police who seize drugs, arrest or kill rivals and recirculate drugs to their people.
The Slave system in the UK 2018