Black Muslims : Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide

chuck

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Here's the tragic part. I personally know of Black people who have invested in prison privatization. What does this mean? It means that we already have black politicians and so called leaders who are and have invested in the death of who we are as a people. I personally came up with a program that would merge the youth and the elders of our community together in a learning process whereby the gap between the old and young would be bridged in terms of them passing what skills they had down to the youth. When I went to the city council meeting about it, they told me,"Oh, we already had 20 million in funding for such a project". I asked them; "what happened to it"? They replied; They sat on it until the grant time ran out and sent it back".

I was never so pissed in my life!!!! I knew then that there was never going to be any intent to clean up anything in our communities because to do so was to take money out of the pockets of the people who had invested in the prison systems....and yes, there's a whole lot of our own people invested in it! Our youth and other black people ain't nothing but a dollar bill in somebody's pocket and you'd be surprised by how many of them are black that are lining their pockets with the blood of our people! All the gun violence, the drugs, the gangs, the school dropouts and all else is something that no one invested in that system wants to stop. It's on Wallstreet and yes, once again...our own BLACK people are invested in it!! In the words of Sister Souljah: "I got eyes so I can see, and my eyes don't play tricks on me!"
There are some unsung heroes/sheroes/etc. attempting to bring about social and political reform inside of the system too...

Ms. Wallace's husband might be one of them....

I do recall she said he's a federal judge...

And, as my late mentor, James Boggs did put it, justice and freedom by all means necessary...

Otherwise, as per usual, some wind up becoming a part of the problem, by going along to get along, while others choose to be a part of the solution...

Let us not let the first get so easily off the hook and/or by default...

If nothing is expected or demanded, all we will get are more rhetoric/no action/etc. from our black elected officials....

That includes the guy presently in the Oval Office too....

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Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide


Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:34 — Carl Dix

by Carl Dix
Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow takes us in the right direction to understanding mass incarceration – but it doesn’t go far enough. “It is essential to not fall into seeing the necessary resistance movement being a rerun of the movement that broke the back of Jim Crow.”

Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide
by Carl Dix
This article is a response to Bruce Dixon’s March 27 piece, “Black mass Incarceration – Is it New? Is it Jim Crow? …”
Genocide must be understood as a process that goes thru stages.”
Mass Incarceration is the 2.3 million people held in prisons across the country, almost 1 million of them Black and about another ½ million of them Latino. (This doesn’t count immigrants held in detention centers.) But it is also much more than that. It encompasses the 5 million formerly incarcerated people who are treated like 2nd class citizens despite having paid their “debt to society.” When you add to this the families and loved ones of all these people – because when someone goes to jail the lives of their whole family revolves around their incarceration – you have tens of millions of people forced to live their lives enmeshed in the web of the criminal injustice system.
The unjust incarceration of Black people on a mass scale is certainly not new. In addition to the post-Civil War Black Codes that Dixon cites (which were used to continue the enslavement of Black people under another name), incarceration was used disproportionately against Black people throughout the 20th century. (See Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad) But as Dixon says, incarcerating this many people is unprecedented, not only in US history, but in world history.
Incarceration was used disproportionately against Black people throughout the 20th century.”
This mass incarceration amounts to a slow genocide targeting Black and Latino people. This is not exaggeration – it’s a scientific assessment. People being put in camps or marched to death chambers are final acts of genocide, but genocide must be understood as a process that goes thru stages. The international definition of genocide is putting a people in whole or in part in conditions that make it impossible to survive and thrive as a people. In his book, Drug Warriors and Their Prey: From Police Power to Police State, Richard Lawrence Miller identifies 5 stages of the process of genocide. 1) Identification. 2) Stigmatization. 3) Segregation. 4) Theft of property. 5) Extermination. He drew this off of a study of Nazi Germany’s handling of Jews during World War Two. There are likely to be variations in the process of genocide in other situations, but Black people have already been put through a number of these steps. And when you look at the way mass incarceration has already affected Black people (and Latinos as well) in the inner cities across the US, you see that a slow genocide is in progress, one that could easily be speeded up. (Developing this is outside the scope of this article, but consider the fact that for a sizeable section of the base of the Republican Party slavery is seen as a gift to African-Americans, and people without health insurance should be left to die.)
The international definition of genocide is putting a people in whole or in part in conditions that make it impossible to survive and thrive as a people.”
Why is this happening? Let’s pull back the lens and look at the larger picture. The skyrocketing incarceration rates in the US began in the 1970’s, in the aftermath of the urban rebellions of the 1960’s which spearheaded the development of a revolutionary movement that rocked the US government back on its heels, and as the process of searching for greater profit margins was driving the shift of manufacturing out of the US to countries around the world. From one end, the US rulers felt a need to exert greater control over Black youth to ensure they would not be in position to spark another round of uprisings and all that could mean. At the same time, the shift of manufacturing was leaving growing numbers of young Black people without legitimate means to survive and raise families.


http://blackagendareport.com/content/mass-incarceration-silence-genocide
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Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide


Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:34 — Carl Dix

by Carl Dix
Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow takes us in the right direction to understanding mass incarceration – but it doesn’t go far enough. “It is essential to not fall into seeing the necessary resistance movement being a rerun of the movement that broke the back of Jim Crow.”

Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide
by Carl Dix
This article is a response to Bruce Dixon’s March 27 piece, “Black mass Incarceration – Is it New? Is it Jim Crow? …”
Genocide must be understood as a process that goes thru stages.”
Mass Incarceration is the 2.3 million people held in prisons across the country, almost 1 million of them Black and about another ½ million of them Latino. (This doesn’t count immigrants held in detention centers.) But it is also much more than that. It encompasses the 5 million formerly incarcerated people who are treated like 2nd class citizens despite having paid their “debt to society.” When you add to this the families and loved ones of all these people – because when someone goes to jail the lives of their whole family revolves around their incarceration – you have tens of millions of people forced to live their lives enmeshed in the web of the criminal injustice system.
The unjust incarceration of Black people on a mass scale is certainly not new. In addition to the post-Civil War Black Codes that Dixon cites (which were used to continue the enslavement of Black people under another name), incarceration was used disproportionately against Black people throughout the 20th century. (See Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad) But as Dixon says, incarcerating this many people is unprecedented, not only in US history, but in world history.
Incarceration was used disproportionately against Black people throughout the 20th century.”
This mass incarceration amounts to a slow genocide targeting Black and Latino people. This is not exaggeration – it’s a scientific assessment. People being put in camps or marched to death chambers are final acts of genocide, but genocide must be understood as a process that goes thru stages. The international definition of genocide is putting a people in whole or in part in conditions that make it impossible to survive and thrive as a people. In his book, Drug Warriors and Their Prey: From Police Power to Police State, Richard Lawrence Miller identifies 5 stages of the process of genocide. 1) Identification. 2) Stigmatization. 3) Segregation. 4) Theft of property. 5) Extermination. He drew this off of a study of Nazi Germany’s handling of Jews during World War Two. There are likely to be variations in the process of genocide in other situations, but Black people have already been put through a number of these steps. And when you look at the way mass incarceration has already affected Black people (and Latinos as well) in the inner cities across the US, you see that a slow genocide is in progress, one that could easily be speeded up. (Developing this is outside the scope of this article, but consider the fact that for a sizeable section of the base of the Republican Party slavery is seen as a gift to African-Americans, and people without health insurance should be left to die.)
The international definition of genocide is putting a people in whole or in part in conditions that make it impossible to survive and thrive as a people.”
Why is this happening? Let’s pull back the lens and look at the larger picture. The skyrocketing incarceration rates in the US began in the 1970’s, in the aftermath of the urban rebellions of the 1960’s which spearheaded the development of a revolutionary movement that rocked the US government back on its heels, and as the process of searching for greater profit margins was driving the shift of manufacturing out of the US to countries around the world. From one end, the US rulers felt a need to exert greater control over Black youth to ensure they would not be in position to spark another round of uprisings and all that could mean. At the same time, the shift of manufacturing was leaving growing numbers of young Black people without legitimate means to survive and raise families.


http://blackagendareport.com/content/mass-incarceration-silence-genocide
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In the Spirit of Sankofa,



... Thanks for posting sister noor100, I don't have this one in my library, if you have it, how does Randall answer the issue he poses:

Robinson argues that blacks owe it to each other to expose and dismantle this phenomenon


What are some of his suggestions for dismantling that system?

Peace In,
Brother Clyde I don't have this book by Randall Robinson either but it would be very interesting to see what he says on this issue. I'm sure due to his knowledge and experience, he could be of great assistance.

Brother Clyde, could you please correct the title of this thread. It should read:

"Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide"

Thanks so much.
 

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