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

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Legal Imbalance

An enslaved person accused of a crime — any crime — against a white person was akin to a death sentence … or worse. There was only one side of the story presented in a court of law, and it was not the enslaved person’s. And the juries, of course, were all white. A Black enslaved man accused of raping a white woman would almost always be put to death or castrated, while for white men, it was open season on the Black woman’s body.

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