The terrific Jasiri X has just released an important and timely song in support of recalling the odious Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin (hopefully for only a few more weeks).
I have no idea if this has already been written about today. But, this was priceless and I have decided to share it again.
There is no other society in the history of humanity that has imprisoned more people than the United States. With only five percent of the world’s population, the U.S. houses twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners. That is more than the top thirty-five European countries combined. As a proportion of its total population, America incarcerates five times more people than Britain, nine times more than Germany and 12 times more than Japan . Moreover, sixty percent of that correctional population is black or latino.
Our obsession with locking people up in America doesn’t come cheap. States spend more than fifty billion dollars a year on their correctional systems. This does not include the tens of billions of dollars spent by the federal government to police, prosecute, and imprison individuals. Last year, the Department of Justice’s budget was nearly thirty billion dollars with six billion dollars going to the federal bureau of prisons. Our tax dollars support a vast network of prisons, jails, immigration detention centers, and associated personnel that maintain over seven million people under state and federal supervision. By comparison, in 1965 there were 780,000 adults under correctional authority of any type.
This is really something isn't it? Rich white men are no longer content to disguise their oppression of the rest of us in America. Today it's all about "Say it Loud, I am rich, white and proud."
Sorry everyone. This is not going to be much of a diary because I am on the run. But I really wanted to share this new video by Jasiri X. It is right on point. Solidarity with Wisconsin!
There was a diary about this issue on the rec list yesterday but I wanted to share mine too because it includes a few more details about this case along with some analysis.
I have what is bordering on an unhealthy antipathy for Time Magazine's Hacktaculous, Mark Halperin. A few weeks ago I wrote a diary about his hackiness. You can find it here.
I thought that others might be interested in some of the reactions to President Obama's speech tonight.
I am sick of the B.S. being pumped out by the corporate media about the source of political vitriol in the U.S. The false equivalency (both sides do it) is unhelpful and actually inaccurate. I have seen some good writing on various blogs and in some newspapers about this point. I will underscore some of the best takes that I have seen below.
My fellow Americans,
You are about to hear a bunch of uncritical and straight up stupid shit in the media in the coming days. Let me share some knowledge to inoculate you from the B.S.
Over the past few months, I started noticing a trend -- diaries written by white people accusing Barack Obama of basically selling out poor people of color.
Suddenly the MSM is waking up to what all of us already knew... John McCain is a bitter, petulant, old, bigot. Below are some excerpts from some columns and blog posts that were written about the odious McCain over the weekend.
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- "The Most Persecuted, the Most Ostracized, the Most Condemned Black Man in America, Then or Ever" IIWhat You Missed in Part I of This Diary Paul Robeson had as much moral stature as all of the icons associated with the Civil Rights Movement. Before he had turned forty years old, he ...34 comments 165 Recs
- For some, he was the 20th century's greatest Renaissance man. To J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, the political establishment of the day, and segregationists who controlled the House Un-American ...68 comments 289 Recs
- Jordan Russell Davis, Another Statistic I'm now at the place where I am 100% comfortable saying that it is yet again open season on Black people, especially young Black men, in America. ...423 comments 382 Recs
- So President Obama submitted his proposal for averting the fiscal curb, which was met with laughter (Sen. McConell), and complaints from Speaker Boehner ("unacceptable", "leaks are not the way to ...174 comments 406 Recs
- Originally Poster HERE .275 comments 123 Recs
- Yes, I know. I retired from teaching in June. Yesterday I got a phone call. There is a non-profit charter middle school in DC that serves a very poor clientele with many of the students several ...210 comments 562 Recs
- This is some of the best journalism I've seen on TV since...well...probably since the last time Soledad showed her stuff. In this segment, aired Thursday morning on CNN's Starting Point, Ms O'Brien ...195 comments 596 Recs
- I should know better than to mix a humorous photo with a serious news story, but I am who I am Mitt Romney just doesn’t know when to quit. Rather than seek some recovery of his dignity in silence,275 comments 207 Recs
- Barack Obama and Chris Christie in New Jersey, 10/31/12. Note: this did not deny Romney the ...238 comments 215 Recs
- It isn't asking a whole lot to not be dismissive of an intelligent person who is giving a healthy dose of reality to the world at large on a regular basis, and who recently came under active attack ...268 comments 881 Recs
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