Black people were brought to this country for labor. The history of slavery is no secret, but after slavery, what happened? Reconstruction, the Black Nadir, Jim Crow and post-civil rights movement. All throughout these eras there have been ways that African-Americans have been denied their rights. In slavery, we were denied our right to freedom, in the Reconstruction and Black Nadir we were forced into a system of peonage, which was virtually slavery only modified, in Jim Crow we were denied our civil rights…today mass incarceration of African-Americans and other people of color is the new injustice. Blacks disproportionately make up the prison population.
Why? After the civil rights movement when housing discrimination became imminent, Black neighborhoods were red-lined and denied the right to mortgage and property value declined. When jobs were removed from these areas, the poverty created a culture of desperation. When the CIA introduced drugs into the Black community, a downward spiral occurred. That is when the war on drugs started and that is where things are today.
The war on drugs was said to have began in the Nixon administration, it was meant to put an end to the “culture of drugs,” that was destroying America, but instead it further disenfranchised millions of Black Americans, Brown Americans and poor whites, but disproportionately affected Black Americans. The systematic denial of jobs, proper housing and adequate schools coupled with the “sudden appearance,” of drugs in the Black community created a vulnerable environment into which some young Black Americans were sucked in.
– Government denies rights of Blacks in slavery, black nadir, Jim Crow, the present
– throughout 19th century, opium, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs were readily available to high class whites. They were used in medicine and common household products, if a person became addicted they weren’t treated as criminal, but seen as victims of a health-related issue.
– An influx of immigrants from China and Central/South American as well as an influx of Blacks moving North during the great migration prompted officials to create drug laws that penalized drug users as criminals, instead of victims of health-related issues. These laws were designed to keep POC out of factory and other blue collar jobs.
– poverty created when black neighborhoods red-lined after the great migration, jobs removed from black areas
– drugs introduced into the black community, only source of income, many succumb to temptation
– even though blacks only make up small portion of drug users in US, they are arrested at the highest rates and incarcerated for drugs
– drugs laws like crack vs. cocaine disparity, minimum sentencing unfairly target Blacks, especially poor Blacks, while they excuse wealthy whites by cutting them slack
– police are just pawns in the system, they earn money off of arrests they make so they can feed their families. This fuels distrust and disdain for police within black community
– companies and corporations have a vested interest in maintaining the prison industrial complex and keeping blacks, POC and poor whites in prison so they can get their products made for free
– those incarcerated lose their rights, including right to vote, right to live in certain neighborhoods, increasingly difficult to become employed after being incarcerated.
– When these people unable to find jobs, homes or vote, they succumb to a life of crime, end up back in prison and the cycle begins again
– Jobs being sent overseas causes poor whites to lose Blue collar jobs, they become new target of war on drugs
– the increase in incarceration creates culture of violence, spreads diseases, breaks up families, creates cycle of poverty and ultimately culture of violence leads to death of young Black males…
Does this seem like genocide to you?