If we are really going to have a society based on freedoms, then one of the first and most important truths we must embrace is that this society we were all born into was built upon, and continues to exist today on the base of enslavement. I have explained before how the 13th Amendment has an exception which allows for slavery to continue in America, if a person can be convicted of a crime. Look at how many Millions of jobs will be lost if we released all of the 1.6 million people who are in state, federal, and private prisons for non-violent drug/drug related offenses. NYPD simply pulled a work slow down, and the courts are about to collapse. All those clerks, bailiffs, bail bondsmen, judges, attorneys, etc.- those people would be out of jobs. Jailers, admin staff, vendors who service jails, and prisons, and then let us not overlook the fact that corporate profit is not limited to building and administering prisons. Whole industries now rely almost exclusively on prison labor.
Federal prisoners, who are among the highest paid in the U.S. system, making as much as $1.25 an hour, produce the military’s helmets, uniforms, pants, shirts, ammunition belts, ID tags and tents. Prisoners work, often through subcontractors, for major corporations such as Chevron, Bank of America, IBM, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Starbucks, Nintendo, Victoria’s Secret, J.C. Penney, Sears, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Eddie Bauer, Wendy’s, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Fruit of the Loom, Motorola, Caterpillar, Sara Lee, Quaker Oats, Mary Kay, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Dell, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin and Target. Prisoners in some states run dairy farms, staff call centers, take hotel reservations or work in slaughterhouses. And prisoners are used to carry out public services such as collecting highway trash in states such as Ohio.
These corporations, some of the nation’s largest, pay little more than a dollar a day to prison laborers who work in for-profit prison industries. Food and merchandise vendors, construction companies, laundry services, uniforms companies, prison equipment vendors, cafeteria services, manufacturers of pepper spray, body armor and the array of medieval instruments used for the physical control of prisoners, and a host of other contractors feed like jackals off prisons. Prisons, in America, are a hugely profitable business- and guess what? ALL of it spirals out from the discretion of individual police officers operating as revenue agents for the state, as well as Wall Street… which ultimately IS the state.
Mike Brown was walking home
Anthony Baez was playing football.
Aiyana Jones was sleeping on the couch.
Akai Gurley was taking the stairs.
Jonathan Ferrell was signaling officers after a car accident
Tamir Rice was playing in a park
John Crawford was shopping at WalMart
Shaqur McNair was walking home
Jordan Baker was shopping at the mall
93 year old Pearlie Golden was sitting at home, watching tv
Mckenzie Cochran was shopping at a mall
Tarika Wilson was at home when her and her 1 year old were shot in a drug raid at the wrong address
Raymond Herisse was shot at 115 times by police, who also wounded 5 bystanders. No reason was ever given.
Kimani Gray was headed home, and “adjusted his waistband in a suspicious manner” according to police
Damon Abraham walked into a police station to get details on a restraining order that had been filed against him. He died in handcuffs after being tased at least 4 times and beaten
73 year old Bernard Monroe was in his front yard enjoying a family picnic.
60 year old Robert Lee Thomas, Sr. was going to a housewarming party
57 year old Alberta Spruill was in her home when police kicked in the wrong door with flashbang grenades and riot gear, she had a heart attack.
Asa B. Sullivan shot 5 times in the face by police who mistook him for a trespasser
Trevon Cole was at his Las Vegas home, cops kicked in his door on a faulty drug raid- nothing was found, and they had the wrong Trevon Cole
Byron Carter was sitting in a parked car
Dakota Bright was walking home from school
Willie Allen Sargent Jr. was hit by a speeding patrol car
Jonny Gammage was minding his own business
66 years old and paralyzed, Louis Kimbro had his door of his home kicked in by police, they shot him 30 times for “charging at them with a butcher knife”…
Lawrence Allen was shot by two off duty cops over a fight he was not involved in- just in the wrong place at the wrong time.. and the cops fled the scene, never called 911
Ariston Waiters, innocent bystander, shot twice in the back, grand jury ruled the cop’s actions were justified
Elip Cheatham was taking his cousin to the hospital
13 year old Monae Turnage was shot to death by a gun found in a cop’s trunk. He never faced any charges.
Henry Glover was killed, set on fire and put in the trunk of a car by NOPD after Katrina, at least they went to prison.
17 year-old James Brissette 40 year-old Ronald Madison were murdered by NOPD on Danziger Bridge right after Katrina, 5 cops were convicted in that incident as well.
John Robert Husband III was walking home- shot in the back by Dallas PD
Daryl Jerome Berry was in a car accident, cops said his dog attacked them, so they shot Mr. Berry and killed him
Lamont Harmon was walking home from the store
Alan Blueford was watching a Mayweather fight with friends
18-year-old Ervin Jefferson was in his front yard when two security guards rolled up, one shot him, the other ran him over.
Tim Stansbury- chillin’ on the roof at his apartment and somehow “startled” an NYPD officer. It was ruled an accident.
That’s enough for now.
One of the most insidious ways the ruling class fosters unending loyalty to their “power elite” enterprise of global management is through veneration of their dead. The media and the chattering class will wax rhapsodic about the generosity and greatness of these towering figures who wielded their power to further the enterprise of American empire in a way that seemed so humane. This process is ultimately a trap for the millions of poor and working class folk scrambling to function in this society. It deludes them from a clear understanding that the American project is premised on protecting capital and the interests of capital. As former president Calvin Coolidge himself admitted, “The business of America is business.”
The latest example of this postmortem lionization started on January 1, 2015 when New York’s well regarded Governor, Mario Cuomo died at the age of 82. As one…
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