The voices of many scholars, activists, journalists, political prisoners and academics on the Prison Industrial Complex.
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- Drug use on the decline in 1982
- Ship in crack cocaine through Nicaraguan guerillas sponsored by the CIA
- Declare a drug war against crack cocaine in 1985
- Incarcerate black men at unprecedented rates
- Rise in drug abuse in poor communities and communities of color
- Perpetuation of institutionalized racism successful
"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."
"You don’t understand why preaching nonviolence is racist because you don’t understand violence. You don’t understand what it’s like to live in a place where you might get shot every time you step outside your door. You don’t understand the violence we experience when the police treat the families of criminals, like criminals. You don’t understand the violence I experience every time I turn on the television, and see my people portrayed as either whores, day laborers, or maids. When I fight back, it’s not violence—it’s resistance."
taken from a piece of larger commentary by rosadefuego about the way OccupyOakland has rejected and condemned the violence (i.e. vandalism, ‘anarchistic’ tactics) of a subgroup. (via notaskingforpermission)