“Houston, we have a Problem!”
Mass Incarceration, Just a different plantation
It is no accident that the United States of America has been labeled as the, “Incarceration Nation”. These United States of America have more citizens imprisoned than any other country in the world. And how ironic is it that the South region of the country; which was also the last segment of the nation to receive the news that slaves had been freed; also has the highest incarceration rated in the nation? While, the state of Texas ranks as number three with the highest incarceration rate in the world.
In the words of Apollo 13 crew member, James Lovell, “ Houston , we have a problem!” A really big one at that!
Dick Price, Editor of LA Progressive indicated that, “More Black men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began”. It is also a proven fact that, both men and women of the African-American communities are more likely to be imprisoned than in race in the world.
African-Americans are incarcerated at five times the rate of Whites in Texas . Perhaps, what is even more disturbing is that, there are more African-American men of all ages in prison in Texas than in the higher educational system.
Furthermore, in a national report published by the Justice Policy Institute, it shows that nearly twice as many African-American men in their early 30’s have prison records versus Bachelor degrees. Are you starting to get my drift, mass incarceration, just a different plantation?
The National Center for Policy Analysis records of how Texas spent a little more than $11,000 dollars per student, yet only half of that was actually used for instructional purposes. On the other hand, Texas Public Policy records, that over $18,000 is spent per inmate on an annual basis. In other words, more money is spent in Texas imprisoning that educating. Once again, “ Houston we have a problem!” We MUST Understand, that oppression is all about control. Some believe that the purpose of educating is not necessarily meant for the benefit of Blacks advancing themselves, but so that Blacks can stay in their place. In other words, “Know your role and shut
We MUST also Understand that in the era slavery, Whites had total control of the Black mind. Blacks were robbed of their history, identity and culture. They had to be told what they could do and could not do. And truthfully, not much has changed. Families and tribes were torn asunder and turned against one another. They had complete control over the slaves until slavery as it had been known was ended.
When slavery was finally over Whites everywhere, especially in the South were mad as hell. You see, the South thrived off of the backs, tears and sweat of slaves. With slavery abolished, it was as if Whites has lost control. The Black race was free and there was nothing that could be done about it, or at least that’s what they thought. But the oppressor never gives up its oppression willingly or freely.
As a result, new and innovative ways were immediately sought out. These methods introduced Jim Crow laws. These laws were merely new ways to lynch Blacks and lock them up.
Ultimately, it is of importance that we realize that the elements from slavery are still the same, it’s just the era that has changed.
Many people look for individuals walking around with white sheets and holes in them. But you are looking for the wrong sources. Those white sheets have been replaced with police badges and black robes among many other elements. So beware!
Now don’t get me wrong, in no way, shape, form or fashion am I saying that all White people are bad. In fact, there are some very good White people. I have a few of them as personal friends. However, there are still a few racist Whites that control the system and work really hard to ensure that Blacks remain in their place. The sad part is that they use the law and their careers to do so!