“The U.S. is the unchallenged leader in mass incarceration, with the largest Gulag on the planet
Based on raw numbers of inmates – 2,319,258 in federal and state prisons and local jails – and per capita incarceration: 750 inmates for every 100,000 people. Russia, which led the world back in Soviet times, is number two, with 628 inmates per 100,000. The Black and brown U.S. prisoner population, alone, roughly equals that of China’s – a nation with four times the population of the U.S.“
for all the problems Canada has (and we have them), i thank my lucky stars i’m not an american. especially not a black american, what a raw deal these people have had since day 1, eh?
and prison in america is not fun: “Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?”
Mass Black incarceration is America’s answer to the Black Freedom Movement of the Sixties and early Seventies. Just as the “Black Codes” were the white South’s response to Emancipation, and as massive incarceration of Black “loiterers” to prison plantations and chain gangs followed the crushing of Reconstruction, whites got revenge against the Black Freedom Movement of the Sixties by throwing as many African Americans as possible in prison. This “nigger-caging” response was near-uniform across the country – North, South, East and West.”
From the NY Times: One in 15 black adults is is behind bars, as is one in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34. The report, from the Pew Center on the States, also found that only one in 355 white women between the ages of 35 and 39 are behind bars but that one in 100 black women are.
and if you’re not a ‘criminal’ you’re a ‘terrorist:’
ACLU: In September 2007, the Inspector General of the Justice Department reported that the Terrorist Screening Center (the FBI-administered organization that consolidates terrorist watch list information in the United States) had over 700,000 names in its database as of April 2007 – and that the list was growing by an average of over 20,000 records per month.1 At that rate, our list will have a million names on it by July. If there were really that many terrorists running around, we’d all be dead.
- a long The Atlantic Monthly piece on the ‘Prison Industrial Complex’ (puts all this in context ie.$)
- The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery? from Global Research
- The Lost Children: What do tougher detention policies mean for illegal immigrant families? from The New Yorker
and to anyone who even thinks “black people commit more crime.” Have a good long think about about eggs and chickens.
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