"In the American media coverage of the uproar after the release of the Abu Ghraib photos, one of the only references to race was fleeting and dismissive, midway through a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on May 3: ‘So far the alleged grotesqueries are more analogous to the nightmares that occur occasionally at American prisons, when rogue and jaded guards freelance to intimidate and humiliate inmates. The crime, then, first appears not so much a product of endemic ethnic, racial, or religious hatred, as the unfortunate cargo of penal institutions, albeit exacerbated by the conditions of war, the world over.’
That essay, by the Hoover Institution’s Victor Davis Hanson, typifies media denial of what’s happening in the hellish American cells populated so disproportionately by low-income blacks and Latinos. In the world of the Journal editorial page’s convenient fantasy, guards ‘occasionally’ choose to ‘freelance to intimidate and humiliate inmates’. In the world of prisoners’ inconvenient reality, guards frequently intimidate, humiliate — and brutalise.
Media denial lets the US military — and the US incarceration industry — off the hook."
Black Men | British Prisons
Last year…for every African Caribbean male on campus, there were two in jail
- Trevor Phillips, Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture, 2004
At the end of December 2005, one in four of the prison population, 19,549 prisoners, was from a minority ethnic group - a rise of 2,000 in just three years. This compares to one in eleven of the general population.
Overall black prisoners account for the largest number of ethnic prisoners (57%) and their numbers are rising . Between 1999 and 2002 the total prison population grew by just over 12% but the number of black prisoners grew by 51%
In 2002 there were more African Caribbean entrants to prison (over 11,500) than there are to UK universities (around 8,000)
Prison receptions of all known Black and Minority Ethnic groups increased by 37 per cent between 1998 and 2002 - more than 8 times the increase for white prisoners
Black British prisoners make up 12 per cent of the prison population and two per cent of the general population.
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The storming of the Bastille fortress-prison, July 14, 1789.
Happy Bastille Day! Victory to the working class and oppressed peoples of France!