the prison industry

A couple weeks ago I got an anoynmous message asking me to explain what “reverse racism” was and why people argue it doesn’t exist.
I was waiting for a good time to respond but I can’t find the message. Last night my roommate said that people can be racist toward white people. So I figured now is a good time.

And while I do know that my feed is completely liberal and full of people that hold a like mind toward mine, so I doubt I might find someone that this may trigger but here is some explanations you may share with someone if you hear them spit the “reverse racism” card.

First, the issues behind reverse racism can be caught with issues of semantics and rhetoric.

When we get into the issues of semantics people look at other pivotal and important aspects of racism such as prejudice and bigotry. And while it is true that people can have a prejudicial view towards white people that perspective is not bound by racism. Because by definition racism is the systematic oppression of people based entirely on race that trickles down and becomes an attitude that people hold toward another. In other words it is institutionalized and also exists among individuals. Since white people hold the highest advantage in society they can’t experience racism. Yes, we white people can experience negative attitude towards being white but that is not racism that is prejudice. And they are NOT the same thing. So, that’s the issue with semantics.

The other issue is with the rhetoric which directly plays off of the issue with semantics. White people play the “reverse racism” card in an attempt to undermine the oppression and suffering of those that experience racism. They do this because they want others to look at them as not holding racism, but that in itself is racism because you completely ignore the issues surrounding being a person of color in America. The whole, “ I don’t see color we all suffer. All lives matter.” It’s a rhetoric they play into in order to dissolve their guilt or blend their racism. So, the rhetoric is a completely inaccurate attempt to push the “reverse racist” card. Because the rhetoric does not even play into what they are actually trying to explain. The argument is completely unbounded. And falls short of meaning.

And the reality of racism is that no white person will ever experience the outcomes of racism to the extent that people of color do, and when they experience things like not getting a job application, being denied housing, being denied a job, police brutality, mass incarceration, unequal sentencing it is NEVER based on being white. While, on a larger scale often these outcomes directly come from being a person of color.

So next time a white person cries that they have experienced racism please tell us to check our white privilege. And furthermore, at any point I encourage a person of color to further elaborate or explain further because this is an issue that I completely feel that a white voice should never shout over those that truly experience the discussion at hand. And lastly, racism is beyond more complex than described as above and it’s important to note that I am entirely speaking of the American social construction of racism that exists here. Because I understand it may entirely operate in different conditions in different cultures and countries.
Political prisoner Leonard Peltier once wrote, “When you grow up Indian, you don’t have to become a criminal, you already are a criminal.” Through the drug trade, U.S. government has effectively marketed the policing and imprisonment of minorities as the key to public safety, and therefore marked them as targets of state terror. This unearths how Native men can be incarcerated at four times the rate of white men, how Native women can be incarcerated at six times the rate of white women. It demonstrates how the flooding of crack cocaine into Black communities during the ’70s correlated with a sharp increase in minimum sentencing laws that helped put 1.7 million Black people under some form of correctional control. It reveals how native Hawaiians, who represent just 20 percent of the state’s population, can comprise 40 percent of the its incarcerated. […] Indeed, of minorities and the poor it fashions enemies of the state with the intent to exercise terror. From the origins of police, to the school-to-prison-pipeline, to the vast network of U.S. incarceration, this has been the enduring legacy of the American judicial system — not safety, and certainly not justice.

wanna hear how shitty the juvi i went to was when I was a kid, and it wasn’t even a bad juvi. lmao okay so first things first, its strange fucking adults who watch you, a minor shower, pee, etc. pretty much every time you do it.

they blasted music all night, loud music, all night, so the workers wouldnt get “bored” your cell was single and had a light on at all hours of the day, so you have to try and sleep with a bright light on you all the time, if you don’t wake up up at 6am to eat they take away your bed padding and pillow from you until you wake up at the right time, so you have to sleep on concrete.

if you don’t do what they tell you to do [like wake up at 6am after having music and bright light blasted at you all night] they’ll take away your only solace: books. You’re locked in a cell by yourself for the majority of the time you’re there. 

You didn’t have a roommate, so you were just alone, for the majority of the day with nothing to do. It was torture, I don’t care what you say, children don’t deserve this, and I shouldn’t have even been sent to juvi in the first place because it literally wasn’t even my doing that got me there I had to take the fall for someone else the first time, and so on. 

They torture children in juvi, don’t fucking think they don’t, they absolutely do.
Chelsea Manning: to those who kept me alive all these years, thank you
When I was afraid, you taught me how to keep going. When I was lost, you showed me the way...
By Chelsea E Manning

having been to prison a couple times … it’s literally the worst thing I can imagine, especially when you’re by yourself in a cell with fucking nothing to do and no one to talk to … for days. its….. 

I would literally rather die than go back to jail. It /is/ violence. There’s no way around it. And the vast majority of people in prisons are not there for committing violent acts, yet we are subjected to such violence. Being in prison and being in juvi is not an experience I wish to have again, I still have nightmares about going back. And I went there for no crimes of my own, I went there for shit that could not have been avoided, and it could happen again, and I fear this.

We’re not joking when we say how horrible it is, and if you really think people who have committed no real wrong deserve to suffer such brutal consequences… you’re a monster tbh. 

Like people who in another state would suffer no consequences for their actions because their actions are not illegal, … it’s absurd. It’s absolutely absurd. We pick and chose who we wish to enact this violence on, and it’s completely arbitrary. People are not punished because they have committed wrong, people are punished because they are already exploited and suffering. 

Jail is not rehabilitation, it has made my life worse, and it has made millions of other people’s lives worse. It should not exist. 

Don’t tell me you’d be fine in a fucking cell by yourself for days and months until you actually live that and then fucking tell me its not violence.

anonymous asked:

the american education system is absolutely disgusting and i hate it a lot but i feel really uncomfortable with you describing it as child abuse because child abuse is something that i actually suffered outside of school and it feels like my experience is devalued when you go applying that term to whatever you want

I suffered from child abuse too, which is why I can say with certainty it is psychological abuse.

The american education system really does emotionally abuse children so like, I’m keeping anons post there. And sometimes even fucking physically abuses them, especially black children.

Teachers literally tell children they’re fucking failures, and kill their creativity, kill their inspirations, destroy their dreams, make them question themselves and their self-worth, and so on.

Not to even mention the fucking school to prison pipeline is a fucking thing they do on purpose to black children especially, which is child abuse tbh. 

Like the american education system really does abuse children so I’m keeping it.

  • Myth: Prisons protect society from "criminals."
  • Reality: Prisons fail to protect society from "criminals," except for a very small percentage and only temporarily. Prisons "protect" the public only from those few who get caught and convicted, thereby serving the primary function of control over certain segments of society.
  • Myth: Prisons deter would-be "criminals" who decide not to take the risk. They discourage prisoners from criminal activity after their release.
  • Reality: The assumption that prisons deter crime at all is highly suspect. Despite its paramount importance in penal policy, the success of deterrence is never really examined for fear that it may prove to be a fantasy. In the same way, retribution is never really examined for fear it may be a fact. Prisons might deter a very small percentage of those who have done time but they encourage post-release crime in a far greater number of ex-prisoners.
  • Myth: Prisons rehabilitate prisoners.
  • Reality: The primary functions of prisons are control, punishment, and oftentimes retribution. Additionally, prison conditions generate an atmosphere of resentment over reconciliation and tend towards producing the behaviors prisons are allegedly meant to correct.

13TH | Official Trailer

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. 

With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. 

“Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them. Many Americans by now are familiar with the coded language of the country’s racial hegemony.” - theatlantic

  • city planning: lets give the police a fuckton of money to get fancy ridiculous cars ..... and military grade weapons.
  • city planning: and forget we have a school system at all
  • city planning: after all we make so much money off of sending kids to jail who are failing out of our failing schools. 8)