Thursday, December 16, 2010
Prisoners strike in Georgia - opposing racism nonviolently
With all the talk of racism in this country, and now with a black president, it remains disgusting how high a percentage of prisoners are black men, a large percentage victims of the war on drugs, nonviolent users or small time dealers. "Crimes" for which they are disproportionately arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned. In Georgia, where almost 30 percent of the population is African American, more than 60 percent of prisoners are; 12 percent of the state's population is in jail, on parole or being prosecuted! (Lots of work for government prosecutors, bureaucrats and unionized prison employees, of course!) Prisioners are now doing a nonviolent strike against unpaid work, poor food and medical attention, lack of education, etc. But the main stream media, which did manage to notice when blacks protested bus and restaurant segregation, just ignore mass segregation of African Americans in the prison system. One more reason for blacks especially to secede from the white male dominated union!