An absolutely important reading. Especially for those who can’t understand or refuse to accept that the U.S. has a significant crisis in its penal system (i.e. those incarcerated and on parole and probation) that largely is ignored by the powers that be. Poor people of color lives are being devastated day in and day out. Note, this is nothing new. This began from the ancient days that so many say we should forget about and move on from (slavery). Now things have morphed into a slightly different, more obscure and vile form of slavery (mass incarceration). So many folks say (even those who are colored) it’s not about race. However, what many fail to recognize and comprehend is that it has always been about race (also let’s not forget class) in this nation. Unfortunately, for people of color, other “minority” races and immigrants, we have faced (and still facing) backlash and repression for “trying” to move forward in fighting to receive “real” justice, freedom and equality.
One. It is not just about crime. Our jails and prisons have grown from holding about 500,000 people in 1980 to 2.2 million today. The fact is that crime rates have risen and fallen/a> independently of our growing incarceration rates.
Two. Police discriminate. The first step in putting people in jail starts with interactions between police and people. From the very beginning, Black and poor people are targeted by the police. Police departments have engaged in campaigns of…
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