Michelle Alexander on the black vote, the Clinton brand — and of course, mass incarceration.
Alexander is one of the leading voices on the rise of a level of mass incarceration in this country in the last 25 years. It’s hard to overstate just how devastating our prison-industrial complex has become. The huge numbers of African American men in jails for nonviolent crimes begs comparison to the darkest days of slavery. Bill Clinton escalated mass incarceration and the “War on Drugs” as a way to prove his political toughness.
The love affair between black folks and the Clintons has been going on for a long time. It began back in 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president. He threw on some shades and played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. It seems silly in retrospect, but many of us fell for that. At a time when a popular slogan was “It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand,” Bill Clinton seemed to get us. When Toni Morrison dubbed him our first black president, we nodded our heads. We had our boy in the White House. Or at least we thought we did.
We tend to remember the Clinton Administration through rose-colored glasses but there were a lot of WTF moments we’ve forgotten – three strikes, the sanctions against Iraqi civilians, the way cruise missile strikes seemed to magically coincide with administration scandals, Bill’s serial philandering and Hillary’s slut-shaming responses. On paper, HRC is the most qualified candidate to ever run for the presidency. But if she’s running on the Clinton brand, she needs to explain how her political choices differ from her husband’s 20 years ago.
Quaker House interview with Lynn and Steve Newsom. My author video chat. See the Friends Journal post for more, including a transcript.
Hard to believe, but a huge racetrack of international renown once sat on Moss Mill Road just east of Hammonton, NJ. The site is now indistinguishable forrest, with a typical Pine Barren sand trail that follows the old oval. I haven’t explored it yet but hope to soon. Just Google for Amatol Raceway and you’ll find lots of pictures and accounts.
Further proof we’ve found the iconic image of 2011, a whole Tumblr of Pepper Spraying Cop art
PEPPER SPRAYING COP
Little did we know that Pepper Spraying Cop has cracked down on so many famous moments in history!! This Tumblr will help document the long pepper spraying arm of this officer of the law! All images…..
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There’s a lot of primary source material on Friends that Google’s scanned in. I stumbled on this doing a search on something completely contemporary!
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The January issue of +Friends Journal will include an interview with +Robin Mohr. One of the classic Quaker tracts that’s inspired her is a 1944 speech that Rufus M Jones gave to young Friends in Baltimore Yearly Meeting. We couldn’t locate a copy online so we scanned, copied and typed it in and will use it as a supplemental link to Robin’s piece. #blog
What Will Get Us Ready | Friends Journal
By Rufus M Jones Web-only feature Rufus M. Jones’ 1944 lecture for Baltimore Young Friends Yearly Meeting.
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