Black actor Wesley Snipes was under the delusion that the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applied to all people in the United States, not just those in the private sector. Here’s part of the text from the 13th Amendment:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Snipes has been sentenced to three years in jail for failing to file a Federal income tax return. Being forced to do your own income tax assessment and then being forced to fill out tax forms for a group of people who call themselves the government sounds like involuntary servitude to me. In fact, being forced to work in order to earn money to pay for services (whether or not you even want some or all of them) from a group of people who call themselves the government rather than having the freedom to find your own group of people to supply you with those same services sounds like involuntary servitude to me.
On another note, I mentioned the private sector in my opening sentence because public sector Black congressman Charlie Rangel will be serving ZERO jail time for evading taxes over a much longer period than Wesley Snipes did. I’ve emphasized the fact that both of these men are Black because I’m waiting to see if all of those Black sheeple (no pun intended) who whined that a Black government Fascist was being picked on will also now whine that a Black actor (i.e., a productive member of society—unlike a government Fascist) is being picked on. I’m not holding my breath. (Obviously, I believe that both men are not criminals as far as robbery tax evasion is concerned, but you get my point.)2:24 am on November 20, 2010 Email David Kramer