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U.S Drug Laws And The New Jim Crow.

Here’s a cool infographic posted by Michelle Schusterman at the Matador network. It’s based on Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, Which talks about how our drug war has created a new caste system in America. It’s long, but well worth the time to read.

  1. January 27, 2013 at 7:03 am

    America is a very bad place. I left there with a sense of gratitude for just getting away after a very brief holiday where only the bums on the streets were whom I could connect with.
    Your future is not one I would wish for.


    • January 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      We do have some serious issues to address, but I don’t know that I would generalize America as a bad place. Every country has it’s problems. For example, I would much rather deal with the problems here, than say Syria, or Greece. Even the more progressive countries are dealing with problems of austerity, which in turn is contributing to global recession and unemployment. Many of our problems are found in just about any country in the world.


      • January 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        Difficult not to but that’d be me.


        • January 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

          I do understand. There’s a lot not to like. I’m just pointing out that we’re not all bad. America does have some good qualities as well.


  2. March 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    It’s so true. Any way to exploit others in order to make as much money as possible for those privileged enough to share in the profits, that the American way! Go USA! So many well respected minds in various fields of academia have made this same connection, because its such a glaring one; but you wont ever see this argument let alone providing people the facts and the opportunity to make up their own minds on anything calling itself the news. They’re too busy talking about gang violence, shitty schools, “welfare queens”, or anything else to somehow justify blatantly racist practices.

    Even beyond the glaring examples provided here which is specific to a single community; the same approach has been taken in dealing with other minority groups. Divide and conquer has been working since Ben Franklin used it on the Iroquois and every other native or minority population.

    Any time groups of people come together to find a way to better their situation and succeeds, those in power find a way to minimize or negate any potential gains rather than making any sort of real changes.

    Whether we are talking about emancipation, enfranchisement, or the right for labor to collectively organize in order to negotiate contracts with employers to receive a living wage, its always the same. The only ones with anything to lose from giving people more rights, more respect and a better wage refuse to do so, unwilling to make even the smallest concessions. It seems like for every step forward, two steps backward are taken.

    Thanks for sharing


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