Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The United States also has a huge problem with Organized Crime. Whereas corporations have gained control of our political structure and somehow has managed to decapitate the very founding principles of our constitution. Civil liberties and rights where usurped, and one may feel as though our constitution as it stands today is null and void. However, these crimes that corporations and their Mafiosi like connections in government commit are rarely investigated, and because of that the masses of people are hurt but made to be sympathetic about it and more apathetic towards criminals of lower structure such as street crimes, where the masses are not hurt.
South Central was a film that showed the extreme reality of Inner City America. This film showcased itself around a fatherless child who in his early pre-teen years became affiliated with gangster activities. His father was one of the founders of the gang in which he joined, Deuces. His father was sent to the state prison after committing murder; however, while in prison he heard how his own friend whom he founded Deuces with, actually had his son running on the streets stealing car radios and other underground like materials to sell in the black market. Through this movie we began to recognize that there is something fundamentally disturbed about society, the fact that we say we’re a just and sane society, yet in our backyards there lies our hypocrisy. The fact that we allow people to live in poor like conditions, the fact that evil exist upon people who dared not to ask for it, that some people within these areas have seen and/or experienced things beyond some people comprehension and yet are told, that is life.
This movie showed the reality of a young boy growing up being raised by only his mother, an entity which some would say cannot teach a boy how to become a man. This movie can in many ways be compared to Boyz n the hood because it shows how gang life destroys families. In this movie though, when the young boy was shot, his mother didn’t seem to care, due to her perception that he will end up like his daddy or his grandfather, which she said at her son’s hospital bed.
Peer pressure continues to be a main reason along with broken homes and lack of extracurricular activities that causes most inner city people to commit to crime, and join crime groups.
These crime groups seem to give them hope within a hopeless world, justified by the arrogance and greed of society. This apathy towards those who live in these areas also transcend into law making policies where these people are completely ignored and thus are forced to continue on in misery. In the movie the Bobby Johnson character, actually took his new born son with him, while actually succeeding a hit on the behalf of his gang. This is how the cycle of crime begins. The child is forced into seeing the crime himself and then is recycled into the art of committing crime, the thought pattern and stamina to commit crime is subconsciously inserted into the mind of that child, who then in due time go out and repeat that same action. The good thing about this film is that Bobby Johnson, while in prison converted himself to Islam which woke him up to his truest self, which allowed him to see fully what the system was made out of. How the system is nothing more than a way to try and trap the poor into misery to further the capacity of greed for those who control the system—the rich! While in prison he also threw away his leadership to the gang and maintained his own presence on his own without the protection of his fellow gang brothers. When he finally decided to leave the gang-banger stuff along that is when he grew into a man of awareness and integrity. He tried to convert his son back to a child after finding out that his best pal who had help him found the gang, had his son on the streets doing bad things. In the end he was able to sustain his fatherhood over his son, it was an interesting part of the film as his son Jimmy was being brainwashed to disown his father and to commence the shooting of a man who shot him as he was stealing his car radio for the profitability of the bang.
Wall Street was a film that attempted to wake up the masses in terms of the different types of Organized Crimes that are out there, and how they oftentimes get away with the crimes they facilitate. Our main character in this film showed us how greed can overtake ones ability to think in a rational manner. As a result of his greed he connected with another man who had a larger capacity of greed who also used deception to get what he wants. Our main character then learned from this man and started using such techniques to achieve success and prosperity.
This film shows the fundamental chaotic damage that capitalism produces when everyone does not have a fair share to the pursuit of happiness. Consequentially, people began to develop ways around the order structure to get what it is they want. A clear example of this is the war on drugs, where people are still able to obtain illicit drugs even though it is against the power structure, and supposedly not healthy for one to intake. Comparatively so, even with the war on drugs vs. how street crime and organized crime, the government still fail to actually adopt policies or plans that will actually help the growing need for a resolution.
This film also attempted to show us how the stock markets work and how people trade and receive inside information. This can mostly be compared to the current bail out that the U.S government just gave to the financial sector. How such crimes are not recorded and prosecuted. Often times when we learn about Organized or White Collar crime we come to see that there is a fundamental connection with the actors of crime and government officials. The criminals who are connected with authority are the ones who can bring the utmost harm because of their ability to be invincible and this movie showed us that reality on many different levels, not only with authority but just how the characters were able to remain beneath the scope of exposure.
When there is a market or something of profitability to exploit, criminals alongside with authority will oftentimes exploit at the opportunity.
However the difference between Wall Street like crimes vs street crime is that the criminal justice policies surrounding street crime seems to be harsher. Wall Street is the truest evil of the world, where all harm and human suffering stems from and where the financial elite and its scapegoats can be found before their death, still with their leprechaunish demeanor holding on to the last of the worlds golden coins, like that of crusader dying for his cause.
The truth in terms of the urban districts, is that the criminal justice policies surrounding them are not structured to resolve the issue but rather to applaud the ongoing of these criminal activities. For way too long certain law makers have been keen on feeling as though crime will solve itself—literally, as they seem to never adopt plans of true correction. The notion of corrections has basically been replaced by “the college of ongoing criminality” as those who enter our prison system are only getting one thing out of the process, the knowledge of how to better their criminal intents. Public policy has long forced society to ignore the obvious, through a simple abstract of a article we can stand to see it:
Recent months have seen the resurgence in popularity of the Conservative Party, but their penal policies have not been the subject of critical analysis. This article aims to provide such a review of Conservative Party policy. It explores the published statements and documents produced on penal policy and identifies that rather than presenting a new approach, the policies mix neo-conservative or New Right economic policies from the 1980s including the creation of a small State with marketised public services and promoting punitive criminal justice policies that have been staples of the party for more than a decade, with the deployment of neo-liberal strategies in the social field, particularly responsibilisation.
Instead of fixing the obvious problems, other minor distractions are invented such as single parenting being a negative aspect in the upbringing of a child. Society has been forced to believe that single parents cannot raise well rounded children, which is clearly a fallacy when you have successful people of all walks who grew up in a single parent home doing very well. Crime is not something a person is born into, being a child of a single parent is not at the request of that child, for a child has no authoritative say in the relationship of his/her parents. However the myth of single parenthood is used on a constant basis, to blame poor people for their status rather than the truth—government abandonment. Though single parenthood can be a contributing factor it is indeed heavily used to describe the reasons for crime, yet society fails to bring about a resolution to this so called harmful phenomenon to the existence of street crime. A prime example of this can be seen. The building structure to street crime is much more than what is told by the so called experts:
Why do we persist in blaming the black family crisis on "unwed mothers"? True, roughly 70% of black babies are born each year to single mothers, mostly poor. One reason for the prevalence of single motherhood: Black females who used to get married when they became pregnant are no longer doing so. More than that, some black women don't want to marry the fathers of their babies because they contribute little beyond their sperm. Due to injustice and bad choices, many black men are unemployed, unemployable, or wards of the criminal justice system. No one can speak honestly of black family hardships without addressing the issue of the estrangement of "unwed fathers" from their children. Real men do not walk away from the mothers of their babies. A father is expected to help take care of his children, but some of these men have trouble taking care of themselves. The more socially impotent black men are feeling, the more they will rely on sexual conquests to prove their manliness. But having drive-by babies whom they abandon only reflects their insecurity.
The situation is by no means hopeless. Once black men claim their children and feel the warmth of a hug, they will begin to understand what fatherhood is all about. Many young men have been struggling with the challenges that come with greater father involvement. They simply do not know how to be fathers. Many have never seen a real father in action. Later, they do not realize the importance of fathers in a child's healthy development, or the fact that unemployed, separated and unwed fathers can still contribute significantly to their children' well-being.
Thankfully, some African-American men are already confronting the father-child estrangement. They have formed organizations, such as 100 Black Men of America and Concerned Black Men, to serve as mentors for young black males. Civil rights and faith-based groups have developed "black male responsibility" projects. National organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, reach out to young black males, keeping them on the path to achievement. Government policies supporting fathers, such as the earned income tax credit, are also important. All these efforts deserve our whole-hearted support for the good of America. In some difficult cases, men with low self-esteem avoid their children simply because they see themselves as bad role models. What they need to appreciate is that from the moment they commit themselves to their child, they can still become good role models.
One may even say there is a lack of accountability on the behalf of the public to recognize the many social discrepancies that exist within the poor communities, thus that there is a sense of apathy for our fellow citizenry. People seem to be so into their own lives they fail to realize that in many ways that contributes to the demise of a innocent child, and that perhaps that child will never be able to grow up to experience life, or even attend college, because he/she will fall victim to the streets or crime.
In addition, to the growing problem with street crime being more vigorously pursued, society fails to point out the disparities in criminal justice policy. The system treats certain offenders far much less in punishable penalties than others:
Since crack cocaine first appeared on the streets of the United States, the criminal justice system has been overwhelmed with poor, minority drug offenders. This situation can be attributed in part to the existence of mandatory minimum sentences that treat violations associated with crack cocaine more harshly than those associated with powder cocaine. Racial minorities are more likely to be charged with a felony and receive longer prison sentences compared to Whites. Clearly, there is a societal arrogance that is preventing the criminality that is happening on the streets to go away. Society is not willingly able to identify with the obvious even when the numbers are staring them dead in the face. Instead fallacies are rather justified and propagandized to fulfill the greed of corporations like those on Wall Street who can and will profit off of such lies, private prisons being their main catalyst between criminality and profit. Due to Organized Crime tactics the government has stopped building prisons to allow for their friends whom they have made deals with to build prisons in exchange for governmental contracts of profit:
With the government slow to build new lockups, the increased demand is enabling private operators to expand and to charge government more to handle the overflow. Prison contracts pre-2006 were in the $40-per-bed-per-day range; today they're $60 and climbing.Geo Group (market cap: $1.6 billion) is Cuellar's largest prison holding, at 4.6% of the fund. Cuellar says Geo, through acquisition and diversification, has finally become a company to be reckoned with. It added 15 prisons and 8,000 beds when it bought competitor Correctional Services Corp. in 2005. Last October, when Geo announced acquisition of CentraCore Properties Trust, a prison REIT, Cuellar bought the stock at $19. Geo now has both U.S. (mainly in the South) and international operations (13% of revenues come from Canada, Australia, South Africa and the U.K.). It also has a nice side business, GeoCare, which manages government mental institutions. With a P/E of 39 and projected annual earnings growth of 20% over the next five years, it remains on Cuellar's buy list.
Locking in Returns
The leading private prison outfits are hardly steals but boast big growth rates.
52-WEEK PRISONS TOTAL
COMPANY RECENT HIGH P/E MANAGED BEDS
CORNELL COMPANIES $20.45 $25.58 24 76 18,253
CORRECTIONS CORP AMERICA 26.66 33.40 28 64 72,975
GEO GROUP 30.83 31.50 39 68 59,000
Clearly, there is a conspiracy with the inability of the government to build prisons. If the government wants to charge people and take away their freedoms’ then the entire process should be carried out on the behalf of the government and not the private sector. Criminals or persons who are to be corrected should not be traded around like merchandise, for they too are still human and worthy of being recognized as such.
In addition to white collar crime there are many open loop holes, which faulty policy makers leave open for themselves and their comrades’ disposal if they should need to use them. These loop holes must be attacked vigorously and taken down. Failure to identify with the way in which they intellectually design their crime, ultimately results in the failure to preserve the rule of law. Society cannot afford to allow their ignorance of crime to stem into negligence on the behalf of the people, because then we give up our right to a voice, as clearly seen in the bail out situations, whereas the people did not want to see the deal go through, yet it still did. A clear case of people getting off with white collar crime can even been seen in a simple abstract of an article:
The U.S. Department of Justice's case against a group of former KPMG employees fell. The charges, which were dropped by the Justice Department, were said to be a part of a sweeping crackdown on corporate crime, particularly tax evasion. According to the author, the case had become a symbol of prosecutorial overreach and misconduct as it was based on the sale of tax shelters which were never found to be illegal.
The problem with the above abstract is that the public would just let it be. They will never question tax shelters or the specifics in the case that led to the suspicion of those who were charged. People are led to believe that the rule of law is absolute and fair, when in reality that simply is not the case. The justice system has huge faults, brought on by deceivers with a foreign morale owned by greed; this morale they seem to share is inconsistent with the teachings set forth by lady justice and her principles, yet these types of crimes are preserved while other minor crimes that does not affect the masses are labeled as the most highest of anarchical practices against the people.
In this messed up world filled with misery destruction and propaganda one may say it is nearly impossible to fix the evils of this world; however, as the people begin to educate themselves more on reality and the true evil doers it is possible to rid off the perpetrators who wish to deceive the masses and introduce them into a world of dehumanization. The suffering that is inflicted upon the indigent is usually masterminded by those of financial power; however the masterminds are rarely punished because they too are the same group of people who make the laws. It is as though the U.S government had be taken over by various Mafiosi, all in some sophisticated combination of twisted camaraderie to fulfill the needs of their particular interest one at a time. The use of propaganda is heavily executed to keep people from understanding logic and reality. Lately, this has been heavily identified with the war on terror:
An inquiry has found that an American public relations firm did not violate military policy by paying Iraqi news outlets to print positive articles, military officials said Tuesday. The finding leaves to the Defense Department the decision on whether new rules are needed to govern such activities. The inquiry, which has not yet been made public, was ordered by Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior American commander in Iraq, after it was disclosed in November that the military had used the Lincoln Group, a Washington-based public relations company, to plant articles written by American troops in Iraqi newspapers while hiding the source of the articles.
The U.S government in particular has a image to uphold, and as long as they are able to cover up the evil that it costs, it will forever been seen as the good guy instead of the bad guy that it truly is. The people will forever be placed on a second status type level, as the Organized Crime figures are fortified with carrying out the dirty deeds to bring about the profits for the big boys.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008
IT IS TIME FOR PEOPLE TO REALLY GROW UP AND LEARN TO BE AN INDIVIDUAL. I REFUSE TO WASTE MY TIME ON A BUNCH OF THINGS THAT MATTERS NOT!! IT IS TIME TO START OWNING UP TO OUR OWN GOALS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO PROGRESS AS INDIVIDUALS!! THE VID BELOW IS A DIRECT EXAMPLE OF WHY, IT IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT FOR A PERSON TO TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF/HERSELF THAN TO WORRY ABOUT A BUNCH OF OTHER FOLKS WHO HAS NOTHING BETTER ELSE TO DO WITH THEIR LIVES THAN TO COMPLAIN AND FIGHT OVER KINDERGARTEN SHIT!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Maria Full of Grace was a film that took an idealistic approach on displaying what it means to live in a capitalistic society, where greed is urged, and equality is dismissed. During this magnificent film our main character had to choose between either suffering in poverty like conditions, or engaging in criminal activity to make a living to help she and her family out. She started out in a flower plantation, working like that of a slave making pennies on the dollar, which is the typical capitalistic set up. Clearly, she could not put up with the provisions set forth with dealing with this job, and therefore had made the choice to quit. There was a scene where the manager did not even allow her to use the bathroom. It is through that scene there, where we began to identify with what capitalism is—slavery! She was forced to work against her personal health, to fulfill the obligations of her employer, even though she was getting the low end of the deal.
In addition, she was her family’s main provider of finance, which led her to have an added stress. Also, she became pregnant, and was a peasant in Colombia. During the film she became connected with a drug pen, who introduced her into the act of becoming a mule. This is the process of drug smuggling via human beings. The people are forced to swallow a certain amount in pounds of drugs sufficient to their bodily makeup, just enough for their body to handle. The destination of these drugs is usually the United States. Upon completion of the flight, she encountered customs, but because she was pregnant she was able to debunk the process and slipped pass the security measures.
After doing her part she was given her share of currency and scheduled to exit the U.S and enter back into Colombia. However, upon entering the plane to return back to Colombia she made a conscientious decision to remain. Being pregnant Maria felt being in the U.S was the best move to make for the better welfare of her developing baby. She had money and already knew some people whom she felt would most likely help her get by.
The explanation that this movie gives for crime is sort of a justification as to why most poor people engage in crime. Maria in many cases had very little outlets to turn to in terms of fixing her situation. She needed money and had a child of her own on the way, she felt smuggling drugs was the easy way out. Currently, the Criminal Justice system does not acknowledge to investigate the personal and/or individual reasoning behind one committing crime, which in my opinion is a downfall in this notion of “justice and equal for all.” Oftentimes, there are logical reasons behind a person committing what we call crime. Some may not see a crime as a crime. For example, a poor person may commit shoplifting, but because they are poor and have no means for paying for the product. To the ears of many that is a reasonable justification for committing that crime; however, to the CJS it is not. As a result, with faulty policy making and the aforementioned fallacies, disparities in crime start to form.
In this film, we actually see what society deems as evil, in a good light. We start to understand what goes through the mind of a criminal, when actually choosing to engage in such behavior. I personally had to disagree with Justice in terms of Maria’s individual case, because I was able to identify with her reasoning behind committing the crime of smuggling drugs. As a person in Criminal Justice I am told to have total disregard for her reasoning, which is unfair to a large degree. But what attracts us is our ever increasing need to feel sympathy for Maria. This film was strategically written to force its viewers to feel. I felt her pain back in Colombia and her hope while she was in the U.S. That is how the director was able to bring realism into the film, by introducing actual feelings that we experience in everyday life into the film.
In sociohistorical terms of today, this film holds a great honor, for it displays exactly what has been going on since the beginning of capitalism; the poor having to find other means for surviving, usually because there is no other outlet for them to prosper. One hidden reality I think that may not have been to clear to people in the end was that Maria was not really in a place any much better than Colombia. The U.S is the capitalistic capital. Though she now had extra opportunities and a sense of hope, it could not be considered pure. The American Dream is a fraud, and sense of false hope. The way in which the system is designed is to have people believing that some day they can make it to that American Dream, if they just work harder for the corporations that continue to enslave them legally. In the U.S because of her status, Maria would work a job low end job, and because it feels better than Colombia, she would be content without even realizing that the same operation was occurring again. Thus the system of degradation and capitalism was just simply recycled from one place to another, but since oftentimes people in Maria’s position do not have the intellectual capacity to understand that, they simply remain uninformed.
This has forced the viewer to really question who the real criminals are. Clearly we learn that the people who are really committing the crime are both protected not only on the bad side but also on the supposedly good side (govt). Overall, this film has displayed excellence in accomplishing the task of compiling all factual aspects in terms of the poor, their struggle, and crime. Until this is fully realized by the masses within society, such films will continue to be nothing more than entertainment, as the phrase “it is a dog eat dog world” remains the reality in all capitalistic societies.
Friday, November 7, 2008
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Brandon McClelland was dragged to his death unnecessarily in
Again the U.S Courts display hypocrisy in terms of racial factors when determining the outcome of their decisions. It was widespread known that Mr. Davis was has maintained his innocence, and that many of those whom had testified earlier, recanted their remarks. It is extremely appalling to me that, the judiciary would even allow a man whom is being accused of a crime for which there is NO PHYSICAL evidence to die. YES TO DIE!! Yet the majority of
Wednesday, October 15, 2008