Slavery was still happening in eastern Arkansas in the 1930s — seven decades after Emancipation. In season 3 of Civil Wrongs, we follow a rare federal investigation against a sheriff’s deputy in Earle, Arkansas and the interracial labor union that threatened to uproot the status quo. We also talk with descendants of people connected to this case who only recently learned this piece of their family history.
But this overlooked piece of history also has repercussions for today. The stereotype that Black people are inherently lazy and morally corrupt is also widely used to characterize people with addiction – and some treatment facilities may be capitalizing on that misrepresentation to pay for their programming.
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