Saturday, June 4, 2011

No Room for Wall Street Crooks in Prisons Already Overcrowded with Blacks

The U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but almost a quarter of the world's prisoners, according to New York Times columnist, Adam Liptak.  However, of the 2, 297,400 men and women incarcerated in the U.S., 38.9 percent are black and not a single one of them is a Wall Street executive,  responsible for the near collapse of the U.S. economy in 2008. Documentary film director, Charles Ferguson, made this point in his Oscar acceptance speech in February.  

America may have elected a black president, but its refusal to punish the crooks on Wall Street shows the degree to which the society blinds itself to slavery's most enduring legacy.  That institution was dominated by an ideology claiming that people of African descent were less than human, immoral, and in strict need of control.  Bondage may have ended 148 years ago, but the society still operates from an unspoken code, that blacks, must be more "evil" and in need of penal containment than whites. How else would one account for the fact that  nearly forty percent of all U.S. prisoners come from black ghettoes and almost none from Wall Street?  

This video is a trailer for "Inside Job," Ferguson's Oscar winning film, about who really caused the 2007-2010 financial meltdown. And those conscienceless individuals are still on the loose.

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