If I couldn't laugh I just would go insane, If we couldn't laugh we just would go insane, If we weren't all crazy we would go insane.

13.11.13

Fresh Finds: "The Angry Eye" Brown Eye-Blue Eye Experiment


Racism is a system of advantage based on race. Do you believe white racism exists? Do you believe black racism exists? How has white racism adversely affected the lives of black people in America? How has black racism adversely affected the lives of white people in America? Black people or any minority race can hate white people all they want but it has no power to impact a whole group of white people.

Centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism—such as sharecropping, black codes, Jim Crow—have acted as "virtual re-enslavement" policies that continue today. The practice of lynching was done by families, women and children, who would smile and grin at blacks being hung, or tied to a truck with their bodies dragged through the streets until the limbs came apart. Although not everyone is traumatized by a particular incident, slavery is not about one incident but a lifetime of incidents. 

Brown Eyes-Blue Eyes Experiment - "The Angry Eye" 
By Ms. Jane Elliot

Fresh Finds: ScienZe - Lights

12.11.13

Fresh Finds: NYPD Officer Risks His Job to Speak Out Against "Stop-and-Frisk" Targeting of People of Color

Part 1
Part 2

Fresh Finds: Government Explained (Cartoon)

Perspective.

Fresh Finds: The Prison Industrial Complex. Locked up in America


Locked up in America

Greetings from the Country that holds 1/4 of the world’s prisoners.[3]

America has the largest correctional budget of the world.
Largest Spending States Total:
1.)California:$7,900,000,000
2.)New York:$3,600,000,000
3.)Texas:$3,300,000,000
4.)Pennsylvania:$2,100,000,000
5.)Florida:$2,080,000,000
Largest Spending per prisoner:
1.)New York:$60,076
2.)New Jersey:$54,865
3.)Connecticut:$50,262
4.)Vermont:$49,502
5.)Rhode Island:$49,133
———
Total Spending: $39,000,000,000
That’s 2/3 of the entire public education budget
Or the equivalent of the average earnings of 18.7 million families in the U.S.
———–
And the most prisoners:
[plot out number of inmates per year, info on spreadsheet.Can also include the percfentage change per year plotted as bars going up and down from the trend line--also on spreadsheet.][5][6][9]
Top Five yearly increases in prison population
[year, percentage increase from previous year][5][6]
1.)2003-2004:51%+
2.)1988-1989:21%+
3.) 1991-1992:14%+
4.)1926-1927:12%+
5.)1981-1982:12%+
with 1/9 serving a LIFE SENTENCE[4]
In comparison:
[inmates per 100,000 citizens][9]
America: 760
Japan: 63
Germany: 90
France: 96
South Korea: 97
Britain: 153

Leaving the U.S. with 5% of the world’s population, and 25% of the world’s prisoners. [3]
Why? Because we “define deviancy down.”
Patrick Moynihan(1993) “Defining Deviency Down”[2]
What we learn:
“the number of deviancies which come to a community’s attention are limited by the kinds of equipment it uses to detect and handle them”
3 stocks = 3 “criminal” drunkards from last night.
New York’s Mental Hospital “warehouses” (1955) = 94,000 New Yorkers[2]
New Medicines=the belief that we could cure deviancy that way=1 mental hospital for 100,000 citizens
[Massive Decrease]
(1992)=11,363 New Yorkers [2]
[#images of drug dogs, swat, survaillence, then:]
4,575 current correctional institutions=2,270,142 prisoners
(optional info: “Which is actually greater than the prison system’s official capacity–2,270,142/2,265,000)

The privatization of prisons also incentivizes incarceration.
Locations of private prison centers:
[from 2/3 major private prison companies][11][12]
texas 24
Tennessee 7
Arizona 9
California 8
Florida 8
Georgia 10
Colorado 6
Oklahoma 5
Kentucky 3
New Mexico 6
Indiana 3
Louisiana 3
Mississippi 2
Washington 1
Ohio 2
Montana 1
New York 1
Nevada 1
Pennsylvania 1
New Jersey 1
Idaho 1
North Carolina 1
Virginia 1
Minnesota 1
Kansas 1
D.C. 1

Because states sign contracts agreeing to fill up private prison beds, or pay a monetary penalty.[4]
So even if you aren’t doing anything wrong, they’ll find something to book you for:
[type of offense, percentage of total prisoners.][10]
For Federal Prisons:
Drug Offenses: (46.8 %)
Weapons, Explosives, Arson: (16.4 %)
Immigration: (11.7 %)
Robbery: (4.1 %)
Burglary, Larceny, Property Offenses: (4.1 %)
Extortion, Fraud, Bribery: (5.8 %)
Homicide, Aggravated Assault, and Kidnapping Offenses: (3.0 %)
Miscellaneous: (0.8 %)
Sex Offenses: (6.2 %)
Banking and Insurance, Counterfeit, Embezzlement: (0.4 %)
Courts or Corrections: (0.3 %)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise: (0.3 %)
National Security: (0.0 %)

With well over half the prison population performing victimless crimes.
That’s what it means to be locked up in America.

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