Black Politics

Mass Incarceration: U.S. Has 5% of World’s Population, But 25% of World’s Criminals

The United States of America touts itself as the land of the free, but more and more, it looks as if America is the home of the jailed. The American justice system is putting American citizens behind bars in record numbers, and those who are locked up are disproportionately black and brown men. An article from the  New York Times  points out that part of the reason for the high incarceration rate has to do with the number of people who are locked up for minor infractions: Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations. It is remarkable that regular people in this country are locked up for such minor things, while fraudsters, such as those on Wall Street, aren’t punished at all or are only made to pay a fine for their crimes committed.  America has five percent of the world’s population, but a quarter of the world’s criminals, making America the leader in incarceration, with China running a distant second. Here’s how the U.S. ranks against other countries: It [America] has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population. (If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up.) The only other major industrialized nation that even comes close is Russia, with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people. The others have much lower rates. England’s rate is 151; Germany’s is 88; and Japan’s is 63. Saddest of all is that there are no plans coming out of Washington D.C. to address mass incarceration. The Times article concludes by acknowledging that Western countries are much more punitive than non-English speaking countries. There seems to be something in the culture of Westerners that makes them harsher in their punishments than other cultures.  

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All House GOP Committee Chairs Will Be White Men

The Republican Party is determined to continue to be the party of old white guys, at least that’s what appears to be the case.   It was recently announced that the GOP is going to have all of its House committee chairmanships filled by white men.  In the entire list of 19 House committee chairs, none of these seats are ...

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Detroit: State Senator Proposes Dissolving Cash Strapped City

Your Black World recently reported that Detroit is so broke that their firefighters don’t even have toilet paper. If that weren’t bad enough, there have been proposals submitted to abandon parts of the city because there is no money to provide public services. Regrettably, none of these  money saving solutions have given the cash strapped city the revenue needed to ...

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Native Americans Set to Receive $3.4 Billion Dollar Settlement From the U.S. Government, Zero For Blacks.

Native Americans are poised to receive a $3.4 billion dollar settlement from the U.S. government, one of the largest settlements in this country’s history. The settlement between the U.S. government and Native Americans has to do with land trusts that Native Americans say were managed in such a way that disadvantaged them and reduced their royalties. Yahoo News reports: One ...

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Controversial Painting Depicts President Obama as Crucified Jesus Christ

First actor and singer Jamie Foxx spouted some nonsense about how President Obama was “our lord and savior” at the Soul Train Awards, and now we learn that an artist has crystallized that misguided sentiment in a painting. The painting, by Michael D’Antuono, depicts President Barack Obama as a crucified Jesus, and is on display at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery.  ...

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The Race is on to Replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Just a few days after his resignation from Congress, those who were biting to replace Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. are now lining up to get their own chance at leadership.  The Congressman recently sent a letter to US House Speaker John Boehner, stating that he will no longer be able to serve his district. “Yes, I’m interested,” said Sam Adam Jr., ...

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Fox News Publishes “Food Stamp Menu Ideas For Newark Mayor Cory Booker”

A recent Twitter exchange between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and one of his Twitter followers ended with Booker issuing a challenge to his Twitter follower; that they both should go on food stamps for a week. Here’s the conversation:   It didn’t take long for the folks at Fox to jump in, offering an ignorant list of menu items for ...

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Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Resignation Could Cost Taxpayers Over $5 Million

Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress on November 21st, ending what had been an otherwise promising career. CBS news previously reported that “the decision came following two weeks of mounting calls for him to come clean with voters, following revelations that former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was involved in plea bargaining with authorities who’d been investigating Jackson’s alleged misuse of ...

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Threats to Foreign Aid Force Uganda to Drop “K!ll the Gays” Provision From Anti-Gay Law

The right wing in this country extended its reach to Uganda, and helped Christians there craft an anti-gay bill which included a punishment of death for gay Ugandans. Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, was looking forward to passing the bill, and  recently said the bill should be viewed as a “Christmas gift” to its advocates. Although the bill,  called “The ...

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