The Prison-Industrial Complex is Anti-Man

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  1. Solid piece. Thanks for sharing. Bruce Western who is a sociologist discusses this very issues especially in his book Punishment and Inequality in America (http://www.amazon.com/Punishment-Inequality-America-Bruce-Western/dp/087154895X). Just so folks don’t think we are ranting about inequity from some misinformed place I think this book is a good place to start to educate yourself if you find this topic interesting.

  2. Excellent points. The war on drugs is surely not working. I am still shocked that we haven’t moved to treatment and useful working legalization. Colorado has done a poor job regulating the legalization of pot in that it is sloppy, ever changing and you can tell it was written by out of touch legislators.

    Your racial points are well taken, too. Gulag is right!!

  3. Its not just the war on drugs, its the systematic break down of the family and civil rights roll back in VAWA and for people that cannot afford child support.

    Read, “Gulag, no prosecution necessary” by Stephen Baskerville.

  4. Soullite says:

    Indeed. I think that if it weren’t for all the racism, people might actually care about this. Because it seems to me that keeping black people down isn’t really the selling point of this to the policy elite, though it certainly is for the lower and middle classes. The purpose of this seems to be about getting rid of large numbers of men that, with the loss of factory jobs and a steady supply of illegal agricultural workers, society simply has no use for anymore. More than anything else, the prison system is about keeping unemployment numbers lower than they have any business being. This prevents many in the lower classes from voting, and prevents the unemployed from protesting.

    Anyone who sells racism is a con, and anyone who buys it is a mark. Even if you don’t care about minorities, you should probably care about the way racism is used to distract; to prevent you from seeing the hands that pick your pockets and whose knife is in your back.

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  6. I am sorry but I have difficult following your article. You should change the title as your article seems to turn to an arguemtn regardinf race and the prison system and not men.

    Tghe prison system on a hole effects men of all races with various injustices and this should be highlighted, as i hoped your article was about.

  7. John D says:

    I know this is not a news agency, but even looking at it from the eyes of a non-news author posting his opinion, this article is nowhere near complete.

    This article seems to be stating that all or most of the much greater black male imprisonment is due to racist cops and judges. I am sure this is a large contributing factor.

    However, to me the largest contributing factor is the evidence that black men are several times more likely to commit violent crimes.

    Black men are about 7 times more likely to be murdered than white men (and 11 times more likely over white women–that’s very telling). 94% of the time their murderer is another black male. This isn’t all about racism, this is about the desperate levels of hopelessness black men feel when trying to fit into society.

    Some discussion about these trends among black males being disenfranchised leading to violence would have been some real good progress (instead of the tired old myth: it’s teh white people’s fault).

    What would have made this a stellar article is if the author would have talked about the causes of this social breakdown in black urban communities. For example, the much higher rates of fatherlessness in urban black communities.

    The UK went through their recent riots and got it right. They pegged it to fatherless families and began debates of passing a law to guarantee the rights of fathers to see their children (much of fatherless has to do with family courts comfortably refusing to protect fathers parental rights and abiding vengeful mothers keeping fathers out of childrens lives).

    An Irish study showed that 1/3rd of children of divorce lose permanent contact with their fathers within 5 years.

    If you want to talk about men or for that matter black men, then let’s have a *real* discussion, shall we?

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