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Cornel West, Angela Davis and Other Black Scholars Speak Up Against Mass Incarceration
Kulture Kritic ^ | September 19, 2012 | Dr. Boyce Watkins

Posted on 09/20/2012 2:05:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Cornel West and Marc Lamont Hill all gathered at the Riverside Baptist Church to call for an end to mass incarceration. The US prison population has grown dramatically over the last three decades, and has had a disproportionate impact on the black American family. Millions of us are affected, as our children are growing up without fathers, and women are having trouble finding adequate husbands.

The growth in the prison industrial complex has had an impact on the rate of STD transmission in the black community caused, in part, by reduced marital rates for women in their thirties, the spread of disease through prison rape, the imbalance in the black male and female populations, and many other factors. It has led to a spike in youth violence from all the young people being raised without fathers. It has also impacted the black unemployment rate, due to the disenfranchisement of men who can’t get jobs after serving time in the penitentiary.

The gathering of these outstanding scholars is an important step toward solving an important problem. The prison problem has many of its roots in the structure of a capitalist society, which now finds that it’s clearly profitable to incarcerate as many people as possible. Major corporations fill their coffers by charging exorbitant rates for families to speak with their loved ones or for inmates to buy the things they need. Some companies are able to compete in a global labor market by using cheap prison labor, which is a dangerous addiction in a capitalist society. The goal of shareholder wealth maximization in most capitalist models dictates that the final objective will be to put as many people in prison as we possibly can.

Finally , the prison torture issue should concern us as well. There is nothing in a prison sentence that says a man deserves to be raped. There is nothing that says that he/she should receive inadequate healthcare, unhealthy food or lose his rights to better his life through education. We don’t want prisons that torture people to the point that they are worse human beings after they are released than they were when they were arrested. The truth is that when we truly work to rehabilitate those who come home from prison, we are all better off as a result. A short prison sentence should not be a life sentence for the inmate and his/family, but that is the mess that it’s become.

If he gets a second term, President Obama needs to put the mass incarceration epidemic on his short list of presidential priorities. He’s stated that he agrees that the War on Drugs was a failure, and it’s time for him to put his money where his mouth is. Our children need their parents to come back home, and many of the long sentences given during the 1980s for drug convictions should be commuted. It’s time to end this national disaster altogether.

The video is below:

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: blacks; crime; drugs; drugwar; obama; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
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1 posted on 09/20/2012 2:05:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Angela Davis, lol - that old leftist turd & 60s throwback is extremely fortunate she’s not still enjoying state hospitality. She certainly should be.


2 posted on 09/20/2012 2:09:55 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How does Angela blame Whitey for the fact that blacks are 12% of the population, but commit 50% of the murders?

(Since the majority of those murders are committed by young black males it is actually approximately 3% of the population committing 50% of the murders.)

3 posted on 09/20/2012 2:11:15 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Quit breaking the law a**hole!”

from Liar Liar


4 posted on 09/20/2012 2:12:01 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what so the suitable husband and good father material is locked up? Do these morons even know what they are saying?


5 posted on 09/20/2012 2:13:36 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mass incarceration would not happen without mass misdemeanors and mass felonies, which in turn are assisted by mass government dependence and mass immorality.

What is the group of scholars prepared to do about government dependence and immorality?

6 posted on 09/20/2012 2:14:01 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, what are we supposed to do with thugs and scofflaws?

Maybe we could go from mass incarceration to mass graves?


7 posted on 09/20/2012 2:16:10 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We do have too many people in prison and not all of them are dangerous. Getting rid of state and federal sentencing guidelines would be a good place to start.


8 posted on 09/20/2012 2:17:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: EEGator

“Quit making new laws a**holes!”

From cripplecreek.


9 posted on 09/20/2012 2:18:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I had never heard of this "prison industrial complex" crock until recently. I attended a concert a couple of months ago, by a famous black women's acapella group. I figured I'd hear (and ignore) a few political comments, but they went on and on and on. One of the big topics was this "prison industry" subject.

Here are the main points of this theory, as near as I can tell:

(1) It is true that the large majority of jailed inmates are black

(2) But is not true that they commit the large majority of crimes

(3) It's all a plot, to make white-owned prison management companies rich, by unfairly jailing black men

(4) Another part of the plot is to destroy black famililes, by somehow forcing young black men into a life of drugs and gangs

I was astounded by this load of crap. And the blacks in the audience were yelling and clapping and chanting "Obama".

11 posted on 09/20/2012 2:48:54 PM PDT by NewMexLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I remember when ol’ Angela “defected” to Cuba. She thought that she would walk into some high-powered communist position in Fidel’s dictatorship. Fidel put her out in the fields chopping sugar cane.

She couldn’t get back here fast enough. :-)


12 posted on 09/20/2012 2:49:00 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: NewMexLurker
forcing young black men into a life of drugs and gangs

Not "forcing," certainly - but hyperinflating drug prices with a War On Drugs makes drug-dealing more lucrative than climbing the ladder of legal employment.

13 posted on 09/20/2012 2:58:47 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: skeeter
Angela Davis, lol - that old leftist turd & 60s throwback is extremely fortunate she’s not still enjoying state hospitality. She certainly should be.

Actually, she *is* enjoying state hospitality, but not the kind you have in mind. She's an avowed Communist so naturally she is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses on the history of consciousness and other radical political stuff, I'm sure.

14 posted on 09/20/2012 3:05:38 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: NewMexLurker

Wow, that theory’s wild enough to have come from the unhinged minds of Maxine Waters or Cynthia McKinney! I guess it’s what passes for “truth” in the Black community.


15 posted on 09/20/2012 3:12:21 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“It made my heart ache, you know, to see all these beautiful black men in the joint. The warriors should be out there helping the masses. I felt that way, I was real naive. Six weeks I was up there and I talked to the brothers. I talked to ‘em, and ... THANK GOD WE GOT PENITENTIARIES!” - Richard Pryor


16 posted on 09/20/2012 3:15:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How about making a deal? The US can make a deal with an impoverished African nation to set aside land for a settlement for US prisoners. They would live there instead of in prison in the US, for the duration of their sentences, then they could apply, not guaranteed, of course, for return to the US.

It wouldn’t be open to all classes of offenders, of course, but in exchange for the US no longer having to pay for their incarceration, we no longer have to mess with their crap.


17 posted on 09/20/2012 3:18:30 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
if ya can't do the time... or bring back capital punishment in a meaningful way
18 posted on 09/20/2012 3:18:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: dfwgator
A little off topic, but Bobby Seale was speaking in my neighborhood last night.

I was not in attendance.

19 posted on 09/20/2012 3:19:12 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than professors, politicians and preachers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If he gets a second term, President Obama needs to put the mass incarceration epidemic on his short list of presidential priorities.

If he loses, his second term will be until January 20th or so. He can do one hell of a lot of damage in that period of time. Didn't Bill Ayers call for house-arrest for a lot of black offenders? You can bet cop-killer David Gilbert has his bags packed for November 7, win or lose.

20 posted on 09/20/2012 3:50:46 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Great...and all these Black Ku Klux Klan Racists can have all the freed criminal blacks go kill Whitey....

Instead of whining about Blacks being incarcerated....how about these Black Racist leaders start demanding responsibility and accountability from their own black people? Instead of Blaming Whitey for all your problems...take some responsibility


21 posted on 09/20/2012 5:18:21 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Blaming Terry Jones for the recent Muslim riots is like blaming the St Louis Rams for football)
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To: backwoods-engineer

Increase it would be my guess.


22 posted on 09/20/2012 6:49:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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