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[Angola Prison Warden] Cain once told Christianity Today that the program helps inmates “accept they’re in prison and that it’s God’s will that maybe they don’t get out—and that while you’re here you do your best for him.” The rodeo may break bodies, but Cain is in the business of saving souls.

This sounds creepily akin to old white defenses for slavery. It was “God’s will” that Black people stay in their lowly place under whites. Now it’s “God’s will” that poor people and people of Color go to prison for the rest of their lives — and be happy about it. And again, it’s white people “saving” Black people.

From “Dispatch From Angola: Faith-Based Slavery in a Louisiana Prison” by Liliana Segura. Colorlines.

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