US prisons practice the same slavery and racism celebrated by Confederate monuments

September 15, 2017 Assailing slavery and white supremacy today by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson On Aug. 11, white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, against the removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. In the wake of that rally, which turned deadly when a rally-goer plowed his car into a group of counter-demonstrators, killing […]

‘13th’ and the culture of surplus punishment

by Victor Wallis Ava DuVernay undertook the documentary “13th” in order to explore and bring attention to the Prison Industrial Complex.[1] The film’s title refers to the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in which slavery was abolished “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” The story told by […]

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: On Locking up Our Own

If anyone doubted Black Americans still today suffer unfairly from incarceration rates and other horrific inequities out of all proportion to their numbers in the population, the case was closed by Michelle Alexander in her masterly The New Jim Crow (2010). Comes now James Forman Jr., to argue convincingly that key sections of the black […]

How We Got Here: Essential Reading to Understand the History of Racism

By LISA ROSMAN Black History Month is always vital, but this year it’s especially important. There’s a disturbing United States trend on the rise in the United States, in which past and present oppression is being denied and occluded. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House garnered great controversy when it failed to recognize the suffering […]

How the Government Bribez Police to Arrest People For Smoking Pot

AlterNet / By Aaron Cantú Police use the number of low-level drug arrests to sustain critical law enforcement funding from the federal government.   Activists have long claimed that cops have quotas for ticketing and arresting people, but evidence to support those claims varies from state to state. However, newly obtained documents reveal that local […]

Child sentenced to 227 years – iz it justice?

  by Orlando O. Fields A child who kills vs. a child who was present but did not kill – what sentence does he deserve? A child of color vs. a Caucasian child – does the system treat them the same? How about the youthful offender vs. the adult offender? From my reading, I’ve seen […]

Racistz? In Robez or Boardroomz?

[col. writ. 4/28/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal   A billionaire basketball owner blurts out words in anger to his girlfriend about her suspected dalliances with Black athletes, and the world goes wild.   It becomes Top Story on the national newsfeed, and, surprisingly, even the story of the downed jet in Malaysia takes second fiddle.   […]

Michelle Alexander: White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison

AlterNet             /               By April M. Short            For 40 years, poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.   Photo Credit: By Miller Center [CC-BY-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons <!– –>   Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered […]

Michelle Alexander to hunger strikerz: You are true heroez for our timez

by Michelle Alexander To the hunger strikers in California’s prisons: I know that some time has now passed since your courageous hunger strike was officially suspended, but I want you to know that the memory of what you risked and what you accomplished continues to inspire me and thousands of others in the United States […]

Are You White? Then You Should Probably Watch This.

By  Aisha  Harris Detail from a photograph featured in White Like Me Media Education Foundation Do you become annoyed anytime a person of color writes, tweets, sings, or speaks about racial inequality? Have you ever wondered why it’s culturally acceptable for black people to use the n-word, while no one else is supposed to use it? […]