Hip Hop and the Prison Industrial Complex

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  1. Frank says:

    Sounds fascinating. I have been reading Paul Butler’s book recently and find it a very powerful perspective.

    I also found this recent Wacquant piece illuminating:

    http://loicwacquant.net/assets/Papers/CLASSRACEHYPERINCARCERATION-pub.pdf

    “[H]ad the penal state been rolled out indiscriminately by policies resulting in the capture of vast numbers of whites and well-to-do citizens, capsizing their families and decimating their neighborhoods as it has for inner-city African Americans, its growth would have been speedily derailed and eventually stopped by political counteraction.

    ““Mass” incarceration is socially tolerable and therefore workable as public policy only so long as it does not reach the masses: it is a figure of speech, which hides the multiple filters that operate to point the penal dagger. . . inmates are first and foremost poor people.”

    This is one of many reasons it is so troubling that massive financial fraud has not been prosecuted in this country. It essentially sets up a rule of law that only applies to the un-connected, the poor, the marginal. Society’s winners reach the “theft inflection point:”

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/03/17/too-big-to-jail-americas-theft-inflection-point/