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« Reply #1 on: Feb 18, 2017 07:52 am »

"Post-Civil War amendments extended the concept of personhood to African-Americans, ending slavery - in theory, at least. After about a decade of relative freedom, a condition akin to slavery was reintroduced by a North-South compact permitting the effective criminalization of black life. A black male standing on a street corner could be arrested for vagrancy, or for attempted rape if accused of looking at a white woman the wrong way. And once imprisoned, he had few chances of ever escaping the system of "slavery by another name," the term used by the Wall Street Journal bureau chief Douglas Blackmon in an arresting study.

This new version of the "peculiar institution" provided much of the basis for the American industrial revolution, creating a perfect workforce for the steel industry and mining, along with agricultural production in the famous chain gangs: docile, obedient, disinclined to strike, and with no demand for employers even to sustain their workers, an improvement over the slavery system. The new system lasted in large measure until World War 2, when free labor was needed for war production.

The postwar boom offered employment; a black man could get a job in a unionized auto plant, earn a decent salary, buy a house, and maybe send his children to college. That lasted for about twenty years, until the 1970s, when the economy was radically redesigned on newly dominant neoliberal principles, with the rapid growth of financialization and the offshoring of production. The black population, now largely superfluous, has been recriminalized.

Until Ronald Reagan's presidency, incarceration in the United States was within the spectrum of other industrial societies. By now it is far beyond. It targets primarily black males, but increasingly also black women and Latinos, largely guilty of victimless crimes in the fraudulent "drug wars." Meanwhile, the wealth of African-American families was virtually obliterated by the latest financial crisis, in no small measure thanks to the criminal behavior of financial institutions, enacted with impunity for the perpetrators, now richer than ever.

Looking over the history of African-Americans from the first arrival of slaves four hundred years ago to the present, it is evident they have enjoyed the status of authentic persons for only a few decades. There is a long way to go to realize the promise of Magna Carta."

- Noam Chomsky, Who Rules the World, pg. 92 - 93
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 19, 2017 05:23 am »

This documentary is on Netflix, I recommend watching it.

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 19, 2017 01:42 pm »

I am afraid we are not going to have a president like Obama again for a while--somone with compassion and who frequently gave clemency. The whole justice system is going back to the dark ages with Trumps views and appointees.
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 23, 2017 05:12 am »

Obama was plenty flawed, though. See drone strikes, mass surveillance, etc.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 23, 2017 07:58 am »

As leaders go he was very progressive and a vast improvement on the policies of Trump. He had integrity. It is doubtful we will have such a leader anytime soon.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 24, 2017 08:29 am »

He's can't really be a vast improvement over Trump since he came before him. And that's not really much of an accomplishment anyway, since Trump is like the worst. It's better not to look nostalgically on flawed past leaders like Obama and the Democratic party and towards something yet untried. Obama's not eligible anymore. Good.

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« Reply #7 on: Feb 24, 2017 08:59 am »

Did you know that Obama won an award for best marketing campaign in 2008?

http://adage.com/article/moy-2008/obama-wins-ad-age-s-marketer-year/131810/





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« Reply #8 on: Feb 24, 2017 05:09 pm »

I am just responding to your thread ding dong. Obama came after Bush and before Trump. The chronology really makes no difference in the choice of judges and clemencies the president is capable of. Obama had record clemencies and his choice of judges was obviously much more tolerant then his predecessor and follower.
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« Reply #9 on: Feb 25, 2017 02:39 am »

Yeah, but some people would say clemency is part of Obama's record.
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