Wednesday, March 24, 2010
America is the land of the free, the land that is the alleged beacon of morality, yet we still believe in punishing children like that of an adult, why? We know it to be true that many adults within this society are set up to be criminals and branded life time felons; however, when this type of oppression begin to transcend down onto juveniles one must wonder why it is even allowed to be remotely thought of. Disparities in juvenile justice are extremely similar to the disparities found in that of the adult criminal justice system. Race and socioeconomic factors are clearly exhibited within the disparities and the loads of studies and scholastic writings that are out there on the subject. Do you believe in the death penalty for children? Do you believe in life sentences for juveniles? Is the juvenile system moving away from treatment and slowly slipping into a just deserts setup? What forms of propaganda are out there that allows society to tolerate such nonsense? The juveniles in America are in dire need of relief from the INJUSTICE system, why are their needs being ignored? Most importantly, why do racial disparities exist within the JUVENILE justice system? America the beautiful, the great, the land of the free and opportunity—huh? The magnificent Dr. Dohrn has worked extensively to bring light onto this matter, below are a series of vids where she is lecturing on this subject matter. Take a look at them and then comment if you may.
Dr. Bernardine Dohrn - Extreme Sentencing of Youth
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I will not cover too much academic history within this note here because I am assuming that for the most part those who will read this note will already have knowledge of the disparity. This note is mainly for establishing a discussion base that will ultimately debate or break down why such a disparity even exists. Scientifically speaking, it has already been determined that crack and coke are equal in their capacity to affect the human body, therefore the question must be asked, why is it that those who are arrested for crack possession gain longer sentences than those who are arrested off of coke possession? Clearly there isn’t a difference between the two identical drugs; the only difference is that poor folks are more likely than not to have possession of crack while those who are economically better off are more aligned with coke.
I think the proof is irrefutable as to the nonsense factor of this disparity. Clearly both forms are identical in nature and can have the same affect on the human body. The question I feel society should be asking is who’s responsible for allowing this disparity to exist? Just the other day the disparity was lowered to a lower percentage by an act of congress. Therefore congress doesn’t see harm with having the disparity; however, they felt that the least they can do is lower the disparity so that the harm will not be as hard felt. Another harsh reality is the fact that it is mostly blacks who are impacted negatively tby the disparity, yet time and time again blacks continue to vote for democratic politicians who are not doing anything about social justice. Blacks are voting for these politicians based off of lip service for the most part, because democrats are just as absent on black issues as the republicans. Even Kennedy is guilty of adding to the suffering of blacks, because he was involved in proposing the mandatory sentencing on the fed level, likewise with Clinton and his Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, yet both of those politicians are allegedly among the most liberal of those who have ever stepped foot in Washington, yea ok!
People who are on the lower levels of the economic latter need to wake up and realize that both Democrats and Republicans are two of a kind when it comes to social injustice and they’re not willing to take on the fight to improve the system. Both sides are afraid of being labeled soft on crime, and for the most part neither side will ever have to live in a setting whereby they are forced to wake up to social disorganization and crime on a daily basis. More than half of the folks in Washington and within state congresses probably never have had to live in such conditions, which for the most part makes them ignorant to the conditions of these neighborhoods, yet on a daily basis they continue to pass laws regarding these neighborhoods without ever taking notice to the scholarship within criminology, which has for the longest already outlined what needs to be done. Locking more people up will only turn crime into a public health issue, and it will worsen the conditions further due the habitual usage of just deserts. As a result, people are released from prison with a vendetta against society to only end up right back in prison partly due to legalized discrimination against those who are labeled felons. The crack cocaine disparity makes it legal for the gov’t to send blacks back to the conditions that many of their ancestors have had to face in the past. The war on drugs brought back a load of past evils: 1. The passing system whose modern day representation is the Terry Standard (Terry Stops) due to the war on drugs cops are more eager to find drugs to make arrests even if it means violating the constitution. As a result of Terry v. Ohio (1968) combined with the war on drugs, blacks are disproportionately unprotected by the fourth amendment. 2. The pig laws whose modern day representation is indeed the War on Drugs. 3. Jim Crow whose modern day representation is the labeling of becoming a felon and therefore having all of your rights snatched away, namely one’s right to vote. Becoming a felon is like becoming apart of the lower caste system that blacks were forced into during Jim Crow. In short, the crack cocaine disparity along with the war on drugs turns many blacks into felons. 4. Slavery whose modern day representation is the slave labor that corporations gain off of prisoners who are primarily incarcerated in private prisons… I can go on and on with the disparities and the racist implications behind such policies, however I am going to leave it up to the readers to finish up this conversation.
The question is simple; do bad habits eventually die out? Why is it that we have two political parties that are unwilling to accept the sociological truths of this system? Why is it that blacks STILL continue to be oppressed by the systems of social control within the U.S? Why are blacks targeted, what is it about black folks that this society/govt hates? Why hasn’t this yet been labeled a violation of Human Rights? It is time for blacks to vote within their collective interest and not be fooled by political scumbags who are only looking to be reelected. Again, BOTH parties are at fault because it is BOTH parties that consistently vote yes for these discriminating policies, all while blatantly ignoring the scholarship of criminology which documents the effects of this system in a social science manner. Pres. Obama has said countless times that he was aware of such disparities and wanted them gone, yet all he can do is sign a dumb ass bill that will decrease the disparities rather than getting rid of them completely? I think all of those who have died for the right for his ass to be in the white house are now turning in their graves! Obama has sold himself severely short with that one; let’s not even talk about how he is ignoring black political issues. The NAACP, The Urban League and all of those other organizations that are supposedly here to help are worthless pieces of shits who have been long paid off to keep shut on black issues, so they too should be immediately rejected. The only thing The Congressional Black Caucus knows how to do is waste money on parties and take setbacks from corporations that does nothing for the black community.
Some blacks and those who are on the lower levels must push for a progressive candidate that is going to be willing to stand tall and stand proud for what is right, not a coward or an ass kisser to the democratic caucus or some colorblind jackass from the republican party. It is time to expose the phonies to the masses and let’s hope that society isn’t blind enough to not see the truth before their very eyes! A nation that has lost compassion for its fellow man is a nation that has denied its own existence and may as well be dead!
Monday, March 8, 2010
*In no way am I trying to generalize all whites within this note. I maintain that there is a clear distinction between those whites who enjoy the presence of racism and those who don’t!
When the term racism is discussed there is almost never a mention of what makes it so acceptable to those who have power engaging within racism. We know why it is here and what it can potentially do but the one question must be asked; is it indeed a form of mental illness? I will get to the genocide portion later; however, let us focus on the mental illness portion first. Racism is a system that allows a person or people to feel superior to others who are considered different. Furthermore, racism is the belief that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial difference produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Now when we focus on the notion of being superior how can one attempt to rationalize such stupidity, without first controlling the social structure of the society in which they live to bring about such results. For example, in criminology the positivist school exhaustively tried to label those who are non-white as imbeciles and this was supposed to be supported by science. Yet when their findings are broken down and reconstructed their conclusions fails miserably. There is no such thing as one human being better than any other human because of race, yet for some reason people believe ever so greatly that they are indeed superior. In America it has been the white race that has benefited from racism ever since the birth of this nation. Whites have always gained control of almost every institution within the borders of the U.S. Three primary institutions they have been quite undefeated in keeping control are, politics, social control, and economics. One may conclude that in order to maintain superiority a person or group would have to have unanimous control over those main three institutions. Sadly, even in the present, whites still have unanimous control in those main institutions of superiority. There is an exclusion of black scholars and other minorities throughout all three of those institutions. The exclusion is done by orchestrating different mechanism within the structure that will limit the capacity for other races to become successful. For the sake of this essay I will label those mechanisms as “separation agents” I call them that because the function of such mechanisms is to effectively separate everyone else from those who are allegedly superior. For example, how many black senators are there in congress? What is the count on minority governors? If one were to do the research on those two questions they would readily find that there aren’t enough in either area.
So now that we have established the fact that separation agents are invented to give the illusion of superiority to whites, a very serious question must be asked; if whites were superior why must they invent separation agents to limit competition from other races? The answer is simple, because they are not superior. Through the use of various different separation agents, white racists are able to give off the illusion that they are indeed superior by getting others to feel as though they are inferior. One powerful separation agent that is used quite effectively by the power structure is the use of the media. The media dictates to the population images and stories. If society is fed with negative images and stories all the time about everyone except whites, then subconsciously non-white folks began to adopt the traits that they are labeled with having (see labeling theory). For example, if a black young male is constantly shown that success as a black man is becoming a rapper, then he will indeed aspire to become a rapper. Notice how the media never fails at excluding to show young black males positive role models from other fields, especially the fields of imminent control as I’ve stated earlier; politics, social control, and economics. If young black children were shown that they too can achieve to those levels, it would of course jeopardize the falsified superiority that whites have within those three main institutions. This is precisely why there is a shortage of black lawyers and blacks with PhDs pertaining to social control, whether it is criminology or sociology, this is indeed supplemented by two other separation agents, the GRE and the LSAT. The supremacists know that in order to maintain power and order they must effectively crush every opportunity that would bring competition their way; in short I will label this as social-capitalism.
Social-capitalism can be defined as the exploitation and incapacitation of groups who are targeted by another group in a stronghold attempt to keep one group at the top while the disliked groups remain in a slave like condition, possibly reaching for objectives and goals that are sadly not meant for them to obtain—institutionalized racism! It is a greed justified by hatred and a superiority complex. A human rights violation of unimaginable levels and the greatest threat to peace and humanity!
Another separation agent that is used to maintain white superiority is the controlling of academia on all fronts especially those disciplines that fall under social control. This is when crime control and law comes into play; the disparities in death penalty cases or the criminal justice system as a whole, Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) and other various landmark cases that has a relevance to the need for whites to maintain superiority. Gideon is the one case that orchestrated the public defenders office throughout the nation; however, is Gideon being kept up to constitutional standards in modern day America? I think not! Indigent offenders who are overwhelmingly black still do not have access to effective council; Strickland v Washington (1984) clearly is a case that has long come about after Gideon and still blacks are not awarded with a fair fight in court. To go a little deeper how can an indigent offender challenge so called forensic expert testimony if he/she doesn’t have the resources to do so? I challenge anyone to find a case whereby an indigent offender was awarded such access? As result, of these disparities statistics are used to further dismantle any positive image blacks can possibly have in America. In the U.S and sadly even abroad it is almost customary to label blacks as criminals and possible convicts. This silliness became sanctioned by the U.S Supreme Court in Terry v. Ohio (1968). Now by mere speculation and alleged suspicion, a black man who has already been labeled as a criminal can now be stopped without a sense of probable cause being present. As a result, blacks are disproportionately unprotected by the fourth amendment. Blacks were probably slightly treated better during Jim Crow and the Black Codes. What allows this to happen one might ask, my response would be social-capitalism and racism.
It is the need for one group to remain falsely superior to another. This hypocrisy can readily be seen when it comes to drug distribution and usage. Study after study has shown that whites account for more drug usage than blacks yet blacks are labeled as the kings and queens of drugs—unbelievable! Let’s not even touch on economic injustice. When blacks were freed, were they freed with any capital? How were they supposed to set up shop and maintain prosperity? This is precisely why economic poverty exists so widespread for so many blacks in the U.S. Unlike whites blacks didn’t have a chance to inherent prosperity from their families. Yet some whites feel superior when it comes to having more riches than others, well of course you can when you have limited the capacity for others to compete and be on the level of yourself. These types of things are done to maintain the highest level of superiority. Separation agents however, are gravely needed in order to give off the illusion of superiority and inferiority, these separation agents are justified via statistics or other various forms of academia and mind control techniques. This superiority is of course mental, because if others were given the opportunity to truly compete for a joyous life, we would find that everyone else can be successful and economically sufficient as well. We will find that there truly isn’t a difference in race and success. Suddenly we would find children in the inner city daring to dream, and then reaching those dreams after college or diligent training. Success for all people will blossom so far it would shed light in space and beyond.
For the second portion of this essay, the question was asked, is racism a form of indirect genocide? Let’s examine the inner cities of America and the condition in which the victims of social-capitalism find themselves. They find themselves held up in captivity and born into circumstances that are completely out of their control, and with their collective future already decided for them. Some will become murderers, druggies, drug dealers, repeat offenders, etc. Criminologists that are sympathetic to the struggles of the lower caste in America are almost readily excluded from the overall conversation on crime control. This is of course done to maintain white superiority, and to stomp out all sociological reasons for crime, because under white supremacy it is only the legalistic definition of crime that matters, which is of course written by majority white legislative bodies. As a result, of being forced against the wall, inner cities turn into battlefields of hate, incapacitation, deprivation, and degradation; with teenagers living lives well beyond their age and comprehension. Organizing is almost inevitably non-existent due to social strain and other associated forms of ANOMIE. Consequently, gangs become the determined power force in many of these communities and because they’re unable to turn against the common enemy which is the power structure they indeed begin to kill off each other. The love and respect for life is readily expunged from the minds of those innocent victims of racism as they are forced to turn against each other for the grab of the last crumb dropped from the powerful gates of capitalism. This form of destruction was labeled a case of indirect genocide by scholars Robert Johnson and Paul Leighton in their powerful article titled, “Black Genocide? Preliminary Thoughts On the Plight of America’s Poor Black Men”. This can indeed be true, due to the simple fact that the U.S govt tolerates the fact that blacks are killing each other off in its own inner cities. Instead of trying to intervene in meaningful ways, the govt sits back and adopt harder criminal codes that will not only punish these victims of racism further but also return them to society with a vendetta. It is indirect genocide each and every time this society sits by and allows people to be consumed by their negative circumstances. It is indeed indirect genocide each and every time there are no resources around to help uplift those from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Yes, it is also indirect genocide each and every time blacks are attacked by the prison industrialization complex and forced to work within the prison on slave wages. It is also indirect genocide when women and men are snatched from their families and sent to jail off of non violent offences, which ultimately puts their children at risk for juvenile delinquency, which ultimately sends them on their path to a robust criminal career, thus labeling the entire family inherently criminal. Breaking families up is somewhat reminiscent to the days of slavery. The fact is simple the social and economic policy that is directed at those who are without in this country is nothing short of genocide in stealth. When we look at what racism is and why it exists, clearly we know that it can only be labeled as a mental illness. A mental illness that is passed down from generation to generation and of course a mental illness that has yet to be discovered. It is a mental illness whose victims or drones ignore the progressions of others, they seeks to rationalize the social disembowelment of cultures and identities that are not their own. So long as things are going their way, they’re ok! They don’t have time to share and recognize the beauty and capacity in others. White racists get off on the need of seeing other people suffer; it is like a trigger that gives them a mental orgasm, it is like there is a appetite for torturing embedded therein. Racism is a mental illness that robs the mind of its ability to function properly, while rendering its victims into an unknown form of evilhood and eventual self destruction. This mental illness leads to the destruction of others, the pillaging, dehumanization, and exploitation of others, all while the victims of this illness wait to self destruct when all else has been defeated. Quite frankly, if there weren’t others around for the victims of this mental illness to attack, they would divide themselves and destroy each other, for all they know is war and destruction. The time has come for white anti racists to stand up and teach their fellow mates how to overcome this mental illness. They must learn to embrace people of all colors, cultures, and identities. The truth must be told to them, for it is indeed the truth that shall set them free!
Albeit there is a black man in the Whitehouse, the fact still remains that on the eve of the destruction of this great empire, separation agents still linger on undetected and undefined. Tea partiers around the nation are standing up to let their colors be shown. The GOP, a party that once represented something good has now become a safe haven for white supremacists and mercenaries of divide and capitalism. Many of them have yet to realize the fact that the enemy is indeed those who profit the most off of such divide. They fail to realize that they’re no better than anyone else. It is fear, the fear that is embedded within the mental illness they are inherently born to attain—racism. Just as blacks and other minorities are victims to their destructive behavior, so are they indeed victims to a mental condition that has been long survived by the help of the state. Yes, racism is a state sponsored mental illness. I call this condition the Jean Syndrome. Jean is a character from Xmen and in an Xmen movie called; “The Last Stand” Jean became extremely destructive, killing everyone in sight even those who were mutants like herself. This was due to a strong mental personality disorder, whereby at times she would become herself (good natured) and then something evil. This can easily be seen in real time, for instance, how whites who are sympathetic to minorities are labeled by white racists for wanting to help. The history of white abolitionists can be revisited to see this harsh truth. In modern day times whites who seem to be sympathetic to minorities are readily labeled as Marxists, liberals or socialists just because they believe in equality for all. Also within the movie “The Last Stand,” a cure was found to “correct” mutants and bring them into mainstream society. This can be seen as a representation of people assimilating into white society while leaving their own cultural make up behind in order to be falsely liked by those who are falsely superior. Racism teaches the targeted groups to hate themselves and to feel half human. The disease of racism must be destroyed, for it poses a great harm not only to its victims but even to those who benefit form it. For all of the reasons mentioned above I have no choice but to label racism a form of mental illness and indirect genocide. I can go on and on but what says you?!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
On March 4th 2010 there will be a cause of GLOBAL ACTION against the budget cuts within higher education in the public sector. Many of the proposed budget cuts that sadly seem inevitably unbreakable in some districts will directly impact those who are apart of the working class, and predominantly those who are of color. It is indeed a very sad day in America when our government literally seeks rationalize the act of theft against higher education. Essentially, by choosing to cut funding from higher ed our government is thus stealing from the minds of current students as well as those students who will be forthcoming. Intellectual theft is one of the harshest crimes against humanity. A person who is excluded from being able to think, learn, and interact intellectually, is a indeed of victim of a vicious system of forced incapacitation, greed, and the worst of all hatred known to man. This very same act can be reviewed by looking at the educational system in America prior to Brown v Board of Ed (1954). It was a systemic achievement to blockade young people of color from achieving their highest potential academically. Forcing them to be satisfied with a low quality education, while whites went on to private or higher leveled public institutions, which gave them preferential treatment over children of color. Sadly, this pattern of degradation that Brown v. Board of Ed (1954) clearly exhibited infected institutions of higher learning as well, and thus the existence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) started to proliferate around the nation. This gave off a clear indication that blacks were not willing to sit down and allow whites to tell them they cannot learn, however, disparities in funding between predominantly white institutions (PWIs) and HBCUs were instant and inevitable, this can still be seen today.
The fact is simple, there is a war going on against Public Higher Ed in America. There is no longer a need by politicians to invest money into the leaders/scholars of tomorrow. As a result, those who have more to lose oftentimes will be hit the hardest. Private institutions will continue to receive funding although they will indeed most likely remain the highest priced schools. However, when the price of a public institution is nearly as high as those that are private, that should be seen as a huge disservice to the public and especially to the working class people who work extremely hard to achieve academic and economic success. The only thing I can conclude from the budget cuts is that we are slowly but surely slipping back into de facto segregation similar to times reminiscent of Jim Crow and prior to. People of color who are underrepresented as it is with degrees will begin to drop out, as their need to work more to pay for competing bills will become more important than continuing on with their education. The lack of good dedicated professors will begin to diminish, since talks of eradicating tenure from out of public higher ed is also said to be on the table in several states. Parents will have to file for bankruptcy as a result of paying for their children’s education and threatened with the possibility of being induced into homelessness. All of this while banks flourish in profits and while private institutions continue on to receive private and public grants over public institutions due to the eventual inability for public schools to compete. Overwhelming class sizes and lack of one on one time with professors will also diminish the capacity of public institutions to produce quality programs and students. Again, this is all reminiscent to the educational system my ancestors had to endure, being black in America before Brown v Board (1954). The question must be asked to all people in this day and age; were their marches in vain? Were their giant efforts in ensuring equality for all nothing more than a contract that would end in 2010? On March 4th 2010, it is time for everyone to stand up and have your voice be included. Say no to the privatizing of essential university functions! Say no to those politicians where our words fall on death ears!! Say no to the banks that are looking at a lovely pay day as a result of higher tuition!! Say no to the military and prison industrialization complex. Above all, say no to de facto segregation in Higher Ed!! The revolution has been initiated by the other side, what says you?!