Modern American Slavery Phraseology

Bren Kelly
10 min readNov 8, 2023

How Language Techniques Disappeared Real Slavery — An Explanation

Rented Legally Enslaved Convicts in Portable Prisons Working for Major For-Profit Railroad Company on taxpayer contract — How White America rented American Slaves
Rented Legally Enslaved Convicts in Portable Prisons Working for Major For-Profit Railroad Company on taxpayer contract — How White America rented American Slaves

The longer you speak it, the more you don’t hear it. Slavery. But slavery has many names, even today as it continues in the United States. It’s a big mistake and I have used the same self-enforced whitewashing techniques learned from birth onward to forge the same belief many black Americans appear to tragically have: slavery ended. It has not. Legalized, constitutional slavery. And of course, you don’t believe the truth.

Here’s the main techniques branded into the use of language to get you to believe the central false idea: slavery ended with the Civil War. Those techniques are Authority, Repetition, Absence, Wealth, Progress. Wow, I thought I only had three. Sorry though, I had to add the last two.

Authority figures, the biggest ones of all, the government, have repeatedly said: slavery is over. That was announced with the end of Civil War, and of course add to every textbook since 1901. Maybe even before then. So there, it’s over, see, the President said it. What happens in front of your eyes must be true. The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery.

Except it didn’t. It ended slavery in another country, the Confederate States of America, or the CSoA. It’s OK to infringe on another nation’s rights, especially when you are told it is not another nation, but because you haven’t won the war yet, and you don’t know if the CSofA, which declared independence like the USofA, will win, it’s best to hedge. The USA was in the position of Britain during the Revolutionary War.

It was seeing another country declare independence, and the British did not recognize the USA had won the war and wasn’t part of the British Empire until 1883. That’s a seven-year spread of difference between the two warring nations. It’s interesting that we take the perspective of America in declaring independence on July 4th, 1776, but take the perspective of the British when independence is declared against America.

To the victor goes the narrative perspective.


At any rate, the 13th amendment comes along and quickly declares that slavery just started. Here is the trick of absence: whose slavery ended? British slavery ended. Remember how much we all…



Bren Kelly

Engaged in new Ideas and old Inequalities, dismantling the system in systemic, born on the 50th Anniversary of Women's Lib Day, still seeking injustices.