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June 19th, 2013

We’re no longer needed, seriously think on that!

Lillie Howard

Recently I’ve been reading "Introduction to Black Studies" by Maulana Karenga and I find it to be a very interesting book. I want to share with my readers the "Enslavement Basis and System" which describes the basis of Enslavement. The American system of enslavement had its basis in three major sets of factors: 1) It’s profitability; 2) its practicality; and 3) its justifiability in racist thought. The United States profited from the system of enslavement and its commerce in persons both as a colony and as a free interdependent part of the world capitalist system. In the USA, the enslaved African was profitable on three basic levels: 1) as a commodity to be sold; 2) as an object of labor to be rented; and #3) as a producer of cash products such as cotton, sugar, tobacco and rice. Around the economic process, commercial and industrial areas grew up, first in New England and New York and then the South. That growth led DuBois(1969) to conclude in his seminal work that this economic process, involving merchants and planters, became "the very life of the colonies." In fact, up to the mid-19th century, American economic development rested mainly on foreign commerce with enslavement and products grown by enslaved Africans at the center of the process. SERIOUSLY THINK ON THAT! Our forefather’s sweat and blood built this nation. WOW! How soon this has been forgotten.

Now it’s more understandable as to why we’re no longer needed in this country. They no longer need us to do the manual work which enabled them to sell mass quantities of cotton, tobacco, sugar and rice. They’ve got others now to do the slave labor.

But there is one more thing that they need us for and that is to fill their prisons.

I suggest to you that you either go to the library or go to the bookstore and purchase :"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander because she makes it vividly clear about how mass incarceration is the NEW JIM CROW. Let me share a little of this book with you so you’ll understand the significance and importance of your reading it. "How It Works" is in chapter 5 which reads: Precisely how the system of mass incarceration works to trap African Americans in a virtual (and literal) cage can be best understood by viewing the system as a whole. In earlier chapters, we considered various wires of the cage in isolation; here, we put the pieces together, step back, and view the cage in its entirety. Only when we view the cage from a distance can we disengage from the maze of rationalizations that are offered for each wire and see how the entire apparatus operates to keep African Americans perpetually trapped.

This, in brief, is how the system works: The War on Drugs is the vehicle through which extraordinary numbers of black men are forced into a cage. The entrapment occurs in three distinct phases, each of which has been explored earlier, but a brief review is useful here. The first stage is the roundup. Vast numbers of people are swept into the criminal justice system by the police, who conduct drug operations primarily in poor communities of color. They are rewarded in cash-through drug forfeiture laws and federal grant programs-for rounding up as many people as possible, and they operate unconstrained by constitutional rules of procedure that once were considered inviolate.

Police can stop, interrogate, and search anyone they choose for drug investigations, provided they get "consent." Because there is no meaningful check on the exercise of police discretion, racial biases are granted free rein. In fact, police are allowed to rely on race as a factor in selecting whom to stop and search (even though people of color are no more likely to be guilty of drug crimes than whites) -- effectively guaranteeing that those who are swept into the system are primarily black and brown. WOW! Could this be the real reason why City Manager Herbeck wasn’t dealt with in his first fiasco? Seriously think on that but don’t lose sight of the fact that we’re no longer needed and that’s why things are the way that they are throughout our communities.

Let me end this with "Youth at Risk: When violence Masks Pain" taken from the book "Black Pain" by Terrie M. Williams: Depression can mask itself as anger, the anger covering the helplessness and frustration of sadness, and the anger can too easily play itself out in violence, especially among our young men. To that I say "this is a large contributing factor to all of the violence going on throughout our communities.

The lack of jobs, decent housing, drugs flowing in our communities and police violence, which stands at the top of the list, are all contributing factors to the decimation of our communities because we’re no longer needed. Seriously think on that! This is Lillie’s Point of View!

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