Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Sunday, March 03, 2013

BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY



The mainstream media just can't stand being trumped by a basketball player.....George Stephanopoulos is such a hypocrite.  Obama is responsible for the killing of more people than Kim in North Korea.  Do we have prison camps in America?

Currently in the United States, 1 in every 31 adult persons is either in jail or prison or on parole or probation. That amounts to 7.3 million Americans and a cost that exceeds $68 billion annually. This figure does not include juveniles accountable to the U.S. correction system. The total number of U.S. citizens accountable to the American correction system is the highest in the world. It even exceeds the combined Soviet Union and China prison population during the height of their dominate Communist Regime.

Although blacks account for only 12 percent of the U.S. population, 44 percent of all prisoners in the United States are black. The proportion of blacks in prison populations exceeds the proportion among state residents in every single state. In twenty states, the percent of blacks incarcerated is at least five times greater than their share of resident population.

"The United States is filling its expanding number of cell blocks with an ever-rising sea of black people monitored by predominantly white overseers," said noted author Paul Street in Dissent Magazine. "Echoes of slavery haunt the new incarceration state."

African-Americans are arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for drug offenses at far higher rates than whites. This racial disparity bears little relationship to racial differences in drug offending. For example, although the proportion of all drug users who are black is generally in the range of 13 to 15 percent, blacks constitute 36 percent of arrests for drug possession. Blacks constitute 63 percent of all drug offenders admitted to state prisons. In at least fifteen states, black men were sent to prison on drug charges at rates ranging from twenty to fifty-seven times those of white men.

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