This is bad. Really bad. Like not a lot of words to describe how bad but bad.
Ozy wrote about mental illness and the criminalization of black men here, and then did some articles about Marvin Wilson (executed in my opinion absolutely illegally, unfairly and immorally from my home state of Texas) and Ramarley Graham (shot by a policeman) and so here I am to follow up with this CNN report on ” Lauderdale County, Mississippi, have operated “a school-to-prison pipeline” that violates the constitutional rights of juveniles” and isn’t that the worst thing ever printed? Possibly.
“Students most affected by this system are African-American children and children with disabilities,” the Justice Department said.”
Well, of course.
I hate to be cynical here but this seems…well, this isn’t good. It’s the antonym of good and the synonym and mean next door neighbor of corrupt, bad, horrid, horrible, and terrible.
These are kids.
Worse yet, the detention system was investigated for inhumane conditions.
“In 2009, the Lauderdale County Juvenile Detention Facility in Meridian was the target of a federal class-action lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center that alleged children and teens were subjected to “shockingly inhumane” treatment, the center said.
The alleged mistreatment included youngsters being “crammed into small, filthy cells and tormented with the arbitrary use of Mace as a punishment for even the most minor infractions — such as ‘talking too much’ or failing to sit in the ‘back of their cells,’” the center said in a statement.”
How can we stand by and let this happen? “School to prison pipeline” is one of the most saddening, horrifying statements I think I’ve read.