Sunday, July 17, 2016

NYPD Officers Allege Quotas and Retaliation

A bunch of minority NYPD officers are suing the city claiming they are harassed to meet quotas, which, they believe, bring about unnecessary confrontations with minorities in their communities. They also claim they are more severely punished for not meeting these quotas. Though there has been increased polarization and fragmentation in our society due to recent high-profile cases of perceived excessive force and random attacks on police officers as a result, the reality is that the U.S. excessively incarcerates people of all colors, with minorities disproportionately locked up.

Americans need to stand unified against the prison-industrial complex, and emphasize education and rehabilitation over incarceration. No matter the color of one's skin, no one should be thrown into a jail cell for smoking a plant. The quota system and "War on Drugs" that incentivize arresting people for non-violent offenses need to be ended for a fairer, more just, and ultimately healthier society. Imprisoning massive numbers of young men for no other purpose than to meet quotas will only bring about waves of hardened gangsters once they get out of prison.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Prison-Industrial Complex and Urban Communities

Because of the recent tragedies that have made the news, we will shift our focus to some of the more immediate concerns facing minorities and poor Whites in this country. We will be providing coverage of the protests occurring nationwide due to excessive force among police especially against minorities. We'll be collaborating with African-Americans who are allies of ours behind the scenes to extend coverage to the blogosphere. In the meantime, Twitter is exploding with rage and consternation over these tragedies, with frustrations boiling over as the same story gets repeated over and over. The fact of the matter is this nation incarcerates more people -- in absolute numbers and per capita -- than any other nation on earth. We have a system that incentivizes the imprisoning of huge chunks of the young male population. This system prevents these young men from getting decent jobs when they are free, due to the electronic records that follow them. Furthermore, there is a disturbing trend of states spending way more money on building prisons than schools. Some counties now depend on these prisons to support their economy. These prisons affect the society as a whole in very negative ways.

More will be coming in the following days and perhaps weeks regarding this very critical topic.