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More Black Men Now in Prison System than Enslaved in 1850

In News on November 10, 2011 at 3:04 am
Barbed tape at a prison

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While white people across the country apparently ponder why things are just so bad for them, and why they’re the ones suffering the most discrimination and the most oppressed, something anybody with a functioning brain has known for a looong time has now been unearthed by Ohio State law professor Michelle Alexander; that Jim Crow is alive and well, and kicking, and funding a gigantic prison-industrial complex.

Ms. Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” stated in a recent lecture at the Pasadena Main Library this past Wednesday, that “more African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.”

Sadly, this statement is one I am ready to accept as fact, because it doesn’t surprise a whit, based on what I’ve seen growing up in the South, working as an educator, and probation officer. To say the prison-industrial complex is a huge source of revenue for so many millions of people (while victimizing so many disproportionately more) is akin to saying that Obama has been somewhat of a disappointment.

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