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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bill Moyers and Michelle Alexander on the Racist Plague of Mass Incarceration and America's Future

There are more African Americans under correctional control jail-450a0331081today  ̶  in prison or jail, on probation or parole  ̶  than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. According to The Sentencing Project, an advocacy group dedicated to changing how we think about crime and punishment, “More than 60 percent of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For black males in their thirties, one in every ten is in prison or jail on any given day.”
Because of the 40-year war on drugs and get tough sentencing policies, the American prison population has exploded from about 300,000 in the 1970’s to more than 2 million today. The United States has a higher rate of incarceration than any other nation and spends billions every year to keep people behind bars. The cost on democracy is immeasurable.   Read more…
 
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Author Shows Compelling Connection: Companies that Promote Violent Music Also Own Private Prisons | Your Black World: "When you listen to hip-hop music on the radio, you are likely to hear a message that promotes criminal behavior.  The artist might glorify a life of selling drugs, then talk about doing drugs.  After that, he might talk about robbing, killing and quite a few other things that can land a young person in prison.  Young black kids idolize hip-hop artists, who are often the only black media figures that they see besides athletes.
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