24 May 2021

Forgotten Incentive

Everyone knows that the "3/5 solution" was racist.

It literally made blacks less than whites.

Wait...

Scratch that.

It made black slaves less than whites and free blacks.

This was done to keep the slave states from dominating the House of Representatives with their large non-voting, non-property owning populations.

But everyone forgets the incentive built into the systemic reduction in representation.

Free those slaves and they become 5/5 citizens.

That the incentive didn't work isn't a commentary on the attempt.

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