10 Slave Codes That Were Designed To Oppress and Humiliate Black People

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Black Bodies Were Completely Commodified

The more enslaved people violently fought back in rebellion, the greater the severity of the slave codes, limiting even more the movements or rights of the oppressed. For example, the enslaved were offered as prizes in raffles. They were put up as wagers in gambling and offered as security for loans and even dispensed as gifts from one person to another — anything to degrade them and keep their morale low.

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