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  •  Is it just me or is being black being criminalized (14+ / 0-)

    Just thinking about the increasing number of laws that appear targeted towards blacks. Specifically, the new anti-pipe/bong law signed by Florida Gov. Scott. I can't think of any other reason to make this a felony than to capture more black young men.

    Ridiculous criminalizing school behaviors that in past generation were handled by the principal. Calling law enforcement to cuff non violent minors and arrest them.

    It is more than profiling. It is designing laws and regulations to oppress and criminalize behaviors otherwise innocuous to felonies. Think about car theft versus 'joy riding'.

    Keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.---Molly Ivins

    by never forget 2000 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:19:43 PM PDT

    •  Well I think it is quite understandable (12+ / 0-)

      for you to think it's just you. I've known better for most of my life. If this week hasn't forestalled the Supremes from knocking down affirmative action because well spoken twits got up and actually argued it is no longer necessary, those folks are doing just fine; my brain is likely to melt down.

      One of the things the RWNJs figured out is that zero tolerance is so bad, it actually makes matters worse. I no longer believe they ignore science or don't believe it. They read the papers on this that were out years ago. Heh, they are known to reject science, why would this keep them from doing what they really want? Put black kids in near constant fear, taken to jail, best if they can be charged with anything so they have a record whether juveniles or not. It has a lot of pluses, they don't develop their brains well, don't learn well, don't do well generally and some fight back which gives the authoritarians reasons to discipline them even more.  

      I just spent a few hours getting to a few thousand emails in my box from, a long time back. Ran across the ones on Terry Williams. His 1st degree murder sentence of the death penalty was stayed by a judge because the defense was not allowed to inform the jury he had killed the man who raped him for 5 years as a teen.  

      All the years of targeting black males has paid off. They are disproportionately represented in our excessive prison population. Not hanging from trees, just rotting in jails. Because of a bunch of liars whose hidden agendas are blatant discrimination.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:57:37 PM PDT

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