- white people: *tell racist jokes*
- white people: *throw racist parties*
- white people: *use the n-word*
- white people: *wear blackface*
- white people: *complain about Black History Month*
- white people: *trend racist twitter tags*
- white people: *support racist celebrities and politicians*
- white people: Ugh, why do Black people talk about racism so much?
Incarceration Nation via Black Agenda Reports
The U.S. imprisons more people per capita than any country on earth, accounting for 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, despite having just five percent of the world’s population.
America currently holds over two million in prisons with double that number under supervision of parole and probation, according to federal government figures.
Mass incarceration consumes over $50-billion annually across America – money far better spent on creating jobs and improving education.
Under federal law persons with drug convictions like Garner are permanently barred from receiving financial aid for education, food stamps, welfare and publicly funded housing.
But only drug convictions trigger these exclusions under federal law. Violent bank robbers, white-collar criminals like Wall Street scam artists who steal billions, and even murderers who’ve done their time do not face the post-release deprivations slapped on those with drug convictions on their records, including those imprisoned for simple possession, and not major drug sales.
“Academics see this topic of mass incarceration as numbers, but for millions it is their daily lives,” said Princeton conference panelist Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean of Yale University.
Exclusions mandated by federal laws compound the legal deprivations of rights found in the laws of most states, such as barring ex-felons from jobs and even stripping ex-felons of their right to vote.
“Mass incarceration raises questions of protecting and preserving democracy,” Dr. Brown-Dean said, citing the estimated five-million-plus Americans barred from voting by such felony disenfranchisement laws.
Many of those felony disenfranchisement laws date from measures enacted in the late 1800s which were devised specifically to bar blacks from voting, as a way to preserve America’s apartheid.
During the 2000 presidential election Republican officials in Florida fraudulently manipulated that state’s anti-felon voting law to bar tens of thousands of blacks from voting. For example, many people with common names like John Smith who shared their name with a felon were also barred from voting, despite having clear records.
Yet George W. Bush won by Florida – the state where his brother Jeb served as Governor – by 537 votes. That victory in the state where George W.’s brother Jeb served as governor sent him to the White House.
Policies creating barriers to things like education and employment make it “increasingly difficult” for persons recently released from prison to “remain crime-free” according to a report released earlier this year by the Smart on Crime Coalition.
More than 60 percent of the two-million-plus people in American prisons are racial and ethnic minorities.
“The U.S. imprisons more than South Africa did under apartheid. A nation that promotes democracy has a racial caste in its prisons. We must break that caste system,” said the special guest speaker at the “Imprisonment” conference, Pennsylvania Death Row Journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who telephoned from prison.
Racism is written all over the economically/socially debilitating practices embedded in mass incarceration.
A recent University of Wisconsin study found that 17 percent of white ex-con job seekers received interviews, compared to only five percent of black ex-con job seekers – a race-based disparity that is additionally devastating for people of color like Garner.
hio State University Law Professor Michelle Alexander, the featured speaker at that Princeton conference streamed live on the internet, said a major reason why imprisonment rates soared during the past four decades despite decreases in crime rates is anti-crime policies craftily manipulated by conservative Republican officials for political purposes.
Harsh anti-crimes policies of the 1970s and 1980s were largely a “punitive backlash” to advances of the Civil Rights Movement, said Alexander, author of the hugely popular 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Pennsylvania’s prison population, for example, soared from 8,243 in 1980 to 51,487 in 2010, while the California prison population leapt during the same period from 23,264 to over 170,000.
Incarceration costs are particularly obscene when compared to college costs.
A report released in January 2011 by Pennsylvania’s auditor general that noted the Keystone State now spends $32,059 annually to imprison one person…a cost that exceeds the annual $20,074 tuition for the MBA degree program at Penn State University.
A report released in January 2010 by a UCLA professor noted that the Golden State spends over $48,000 annually to imprison one person, more than four times the tuition cost of UCLA for a California resident. Back in 1980, California spent more of its state budget on higher education than on prisons, but that had reversed by 2010, with more of that state’s budget going for prisons than for higher education.
America’s corrosive War on Drugs – a “war” that basically ignores drug kingpins – has devastated black families, author/professor Alexander said.
“A black child today is less likely to be raised in a two-parent household than during slavery,” she said. “In major urban areas almost one-half of black men have criminal records. Thus they face a lifetime of legalized discrimination,” encompassing exclusions from employment and access to financial assistance required to secure a viable quality of life.
Africa-Americans are 13 percent of America’s population and 14 percent of the nation’s drug users but are 37 percent of persons arrested for drugs and 56 percent of the inmates in state prisons for drug offenses, noted the 2009 congressional testimony of Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project and a conference panelist.
Both ex-felon Herman Garner and Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies, which hosted the conference, expressed similar views on the impacts of mass incarceration.
Headlines/Links to just some of 2012 voter suppression and voter fraud headlines @thinkprogress
- BLACK, HISPANIC AND ELDERLY VOTERS HIT WITH DECEPTIVE VOTER SUPPRESSION CALLS
- Three Ways The Roberts Court Could Usher In Even More Big Money & Voter Suppression For The 2014 Election
- Colorado Secretary Of State Finds Scant Voter Fraud Evidence
- Voter Intimidation Billboards Appear In Minority Neighborhoods In Cleveland
- Federal Appeals Court To Ohio: Stop Disenfranchising Voters Because Of Poll Worker Mistakes
- NEW MEXICO ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE VOTER SUPPRESSION
- COURT PUTS SOUTH CAROLINA VOTER ID LAW ON HOLD UNTIL AFTER ELECTION
- POLL SHOWS ERODING SUPPORT FOR VOTER ID INITIATIVE IN MINNESOTA
- Leading Voter Suppression Expert Calls Voter ID Laws ‘A Favor’ For Poor Americans
- Pennsylvania Court Hands Down Partial Victory Over Voter ID
- VIDEO: Texans Fight Back Against Suppression Efforts On National Voter Registration Day
- Republican Party Paid $3.1 Million To Firm Under Investigation For Voter Registration Fraud
- Support For Minnesota Voter ID Initiative Drops Nearly 30 Points
- OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, COURT RULES
- COUNTIES USE LOOPHOLE IN PENNSYLVANIA VOTER ID LAW TO PREVENT VOTER SUPPRESSION
- Federal Judge Allows Florida To Cut Early Voting Days
- Florida GOP Launches Revenge Campaign Against Justices Who Ruled Against Gov. Rick Scott
- Rick Scott Paid Absentee Ballot Broker $5,000 For ‘Contract Labor’
- STUDY: VOTER ID COULD DISENFRANCHISE CLOSE TO 700,000 YOUTH OF COLOR
- Voter Suppression: Brought To You By Conservative Billionaire Oil Heir
- FLORIDA AGREES TO PARTIAL SETTLEMENT IN PURGE CASE
- TV Host Jim Cramer Says Father Will Not Be Allowed To Vote Because Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
- Decision Upholding Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Relied On 1869 Case Warning Of ‘Rogues,’ ‘Strumpets,’ and ‘Wandering Arabs’
- Feds Prosecuted Only 38 Cases Of Voter Fraud Between 2002-05, 14 Were Thrown Out
- Civil Rights Icon John Lewis: GOP Voter Suppression Laws Are ‘Not Right,’ ‘Not Fair,’ ‘Not Just’
- TEXAS SPENDS $2 MILLION TO DEFEND EXTREME VOTER ID, REDISTRICTING IN COURT
- How Pennsylvania Almost Denied A 105 Year-Old Woman Her Right To Vote
- Federal Court Strikes Down Ohio Law Restricting Early Voting
- Courts Reject GOP Voter Suppression Overreach In Four States
- Colorado’s Attempted Voter Purge Finds Nearly 90 Percent Of ‘Suspected Non-Citizens’ Are Actually U.S. Citizens
- Federal Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law
- Author Of South Carolina Voter ID Law Acknowledges Racist Emails
- Rick Scott’s Anti-Voter Effort Grinds Democratic Registration To A Halt
- South Carolina Voter ID Law Author Cannot Cite Single Example Of In-Person Voter Impersonation
- GOP Attorneys General: Voting Rights Act Should Be Struck Down To Boost Laws Suppressing Minority Vote
- Major Victory For Voting Rights Advocates As California Legislature Approves Election Day Registration
- Colorado’s GOP Secretary of State Sends Letter To 4,000 Voters Questioning Their Eligibility To Vote
- Republican Candidate Under Investigation For Absentee Ballot Fraud
- Voter Impersonation Fraud Virtually Non-Existent
- Romney Smears Obama, Falsely Claims He Filed Lawsuit To Restrict Military Voting In Ohio
- Federal Court Blocks Most Of Texas Voter Suppression Law
- Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland: ‘Shameful’ Voter ID Laws Are A Modern Day Poll Tax
- GOP Rep. Tells Employers To Intimidate Their Workers Into Voting For Romney
- Leaked Audio Captures Romney Asking Employers To Tell Their Employees How To Vote
- GOP Consultant Under Investigation For Voter Registration Fraud Quietly Restarts Registration Efforts
- Montana Tribal Members Sue For Equal Access to Polls
- Tea Party Voter Suppression Group Under Investigation For Possible ‘Criminal Conspiracy’
- Video: Republican Party Training ‘Poll Challengers’ In Illegal Voter Suppression
- Florida Congressman Demands Bipartisan Investigation Of GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal
- GOP-HIRED FIRM UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR VOTER FRAUD IN NORTH CAROLINA
- Republicans Struggle To Find Examples Of Voter Fraud
- Voter Suppression Laws May Discourage 10 Million Hispanics, Study Finds
- EARLY VOTING LAWSUITS COST OHIO $85,000
- Sponsor Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Defends Romney, Says ‘Lazy’ People Also Shouldn’t Vote
- STEVE KING: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS USING VOTER FRAUD TO TAKE OVER AMERICA
- Florida Supervisors Of Elections Speak Out Against New Voter Purge
- Florida To Restart Voter Purge Prior To Presidential Election
- FIRED ELECTIONS OFFICIALS SUE OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WRONGFUL TERMINATION
- After Bucking Federal Judge On Early Voting, Ohio Secretary Of State Ordered To Appear In Court
- Federal Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law
- Ohio Secretary Of State Fires Board Of Elections Officials For Supporting Weekend Voting Hours
- GOP Federal Election Commissioners: Corporations Can Compel Employees To Campaign For Political Candidates
- ANOTHER OHIO COUNTY CALLS FOR WEEKEND VOTING HOURS
- ANOTHER OHIO COUNTY TO HOLD WEEKEND VOTING HOURS, DEFYING SECRETARY OF STATE’S DIRECTIVE
- Ohio GOP Election Board Member: Our Voting Process Shouldn’t Accommodate Black Voters
- Ohio Secretary Of State Removes Democratic Members Of Election Board For Supporting Weekend Voting
- Ohio Secretary Of State Restricts Voting Hours In All Counties
- Ohio Secretary Of State Vows Uniform Voting Hours … Eventually
- Judge Upholds Pennsylvania Voter ID Law; Opponents To Appeal
- Scott Brown Decries Legally Mandated Voter Registration Effort, Says It’s A Conspiracy To Elect His Opponent
- FEDERAL JUDGE ALLOWS MILITARY GROUPS TO INTERVENE IN VOTING RIGHTS LAWSUIT
- Why Does Mitt Romney Want To Restrict Voting Rights For More Than 900,000 Ohio Veterans?
- Why Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Will Create Chaos On Election Day
- Ohio Routinely Tosses Thousands Of Votes In Every Election
- CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST: EARLY VOTING IS ‘DEPLORABLE’
- STUDY: Photo ID Laws Place Substantial Burdens On Low-Income And Minority Voters
- Romney Supports Voter ID Laws That Could Disenfranchise 25% Of African-Americans
- Attorney General Holder On State Voter ID Laws: ‘We Call This A Poll Tax’
- Texas Voter ID Law, Which Accepts Gun Licenses But Not Student IDs, Challenged In Court
- Pennsylvania Republican: Voter ID Laws Are ‘Gonna Allow Governor Romney To Win’
- Flawed Voter Purge Underway In Georgia
- Republican Miami Mayor Opposes Voter Purge, Says It Is ‘Scaring People’ Away From Voting
- DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SUES FLORIDA OVER VOTER PURGE
- Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida Will Sue Obama Administration Over Voter Purge
- IN WAKE OF VOTER PURGE, RICK SCOTT’S APPROVAL RATING DROPS TO 31%
- Elections Officials Throughout Florida Refuse To Use Rick Scott’s Inaccurate Lists To Purge Voters
- Elections Supervisors Throughout Florida Confirm U.S. Citizens Improperly Included In Voter Purge
- Florida Supervisor of Elections: Gov. Scott’s Voter Purge Will Remove Eligible Voters From Rolls
"Well, gosh, can’t we find some women?"
MOST CONDESCENDING COMMENT ABOUT WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE EVAR. (via virtualephemera)election)
A black man rides a bus restricted to whites only, in Durban. In an act of resistance to South Africa’s apartheid policies, riding a bus restricted to whites only, in Durban, South Africa 1986.
cincinatti lynchings (trigger warning)
I need serious help from any of y’all if you can give it. A little over a month ago, my friend’s little brother was found hanging from a tree in the woods in Cincinnati, Ohio. The police barely did an investigation, and almost immediately ruled it a “suicide”; which: WHAT BLACK MAN HANGS HIMSELF FROM A TREE IN THE WOODS AS A MEANS TO COMMIT SUICIDE
And we knew we had to do something, but didn’t know what.
Now today I just got a text message from that same friend saying that ANOTHER black man was found the same way a few miles from where her brother was found. The police, once again, are calling it a “suicide”.
My friend is looking to get in contact with the other family, but in the meantime, if any of you have any resources or ideas or anything for fighting back against the Cincy PD, it would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Feel free to pass this around anywhere: blogs, Tumblr, wherever. If you can help, send an e-mail to my friend at email@example.com. I’m at a loss and so is she.
Please reblog or otherwise spread the word if you can. Heavy shit.
SIGNAL BOOST. That shit looks like serial killing.
OH FUCK NO.
What the fuck?
Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?
Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:
Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons
Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)
Treatment of Cowpox
3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)
Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.
- Mariner’s Compass
- Soft drinks
- Plastic surgery
- Manufacturing of paper and cloth
It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.
It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.
It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.
It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.
It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.
It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.
It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey
It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.
It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.
The list goes on………..
Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!
OMG YES. EVERYTHING ABOVE. YES YES YES. SO MUCH WIN. YES.
because it’s not any religion’s fault one become a criminal.