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  •  God bless all of you (4+ / 0-)
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    For working for the forgotten who have few to speak for them.

    I'm sure you've seen this, but if others haven't, it's a very powerful article

    The Caging of America

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 11:02:27 AM PST

    •  Yow. (5+ / 0-)
      More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives. Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then. Over all, there are now more people under “correctional supervision” in America—more than six million—than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height. That city of the confined and the controlled, Lockuptown, is now the second largest in the United States.
      •  Incredible article, isn't it? (4+ / 0-)
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        I wish everyone in America were forced to read it and I wish it were taught in high school government classes so people can see what the "land of the free" has evolved into.

        I found one of the most interesting parts of the
        article the part about how the American Constitution is about process and the French one is about humanity.

        “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

        by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:10:14 PM PST

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        •  I also think that a really good frame is (4+ / 0-)
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          in that article - America's Second Largest City.

          Gopnik calls it Lockuptown,  I personally would call it Prisonville, which I think has more resonance.

          “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

          by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:17:21 PM PST

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