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13th

What follows are my notes from watching “13th” on Netflix.  The response to my “review” of the New Jim Crow was amazing.  The support and love I received in the comments for these videos blew me away.  I am not sure how my racial education would have progressed if I had not done these clips, but it would have taken a much different path had I not done the Tic Tok review videos.  I would like to think that I would have continued with my education… who knows?  That being said, I could not be more excited about how this has affected me.  Rather than write a bunch of stuff that simply would be obvious and redundant, (my flowers appear to be mainly black) I will go straight to the notes.  While I have posted my Tic Tok review clips, the format is much too restrictive for me to share all I have learned.  I have put longer versions of these clips on my YouTube channel.  I am eager to know what I am missing and or getting wrong… a lot I am sure of this.  I also am considering a podcast and would like very much to know who you think I should have on the show as guests.  Let’s get to it as I know there is much ground to cover.  While I know it is never the oppressed that should educate their oppressors, I would like to ask for your help.  PLEASE introduce this content to a white friend that you think not only needs this education, but also would be receptive to this information.  We need to build a strong base of support among people that look like and grew up like me… a 1% white kid that has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to race in our country. 

  • We, white people, are the products of the history that our ancestors chose. If we are black Americans we are products of a history that are ancestors did not choose. We need to understand this much better.
  • The language of the 13th amendment is intentional and put in place to be used as a tool.
  • After the Civil War African-Americans were arrested in large numbers. This was the first prison boom in the beginning of convict leasing. It’s also the beginning of the mythology of black criminality.
  • Birth of a nation was the first blockbuster film in the US. It confirmed the white narrative of black men being rapists and criminals. It was also a very good predictor of how race operates in America today. The burning of the cross was actually what DW Griffith thought was a good cinematic image… Life imitates art. This movie also glorified the KKK making them look like heroes and was 100% responsible for its renaissance.
  • In 1924 at the Democratic national convention 350 delegates were Klansmen.
  • The African-American migration north after the Civil War was nothing other than a refugee crisis caused by inflicting terrorism on the population.
  • Terrorism turned into segregation which supported a permanent econd class status for African-Americans.
  • Leaders of the civil rights movement saw this as nothing less than a human rights movement. These leaders were portrayed as criminals as well as the entire movement. My dad even said Martin Luther King Bridge is non-violence with violence followed him everywhere. Being arrested they became noble, this helped define the movement.
  • At the root of this movement is simply the desire to be seen as full complicated human beings. I am a man is the perfect example. African Americans are not a menace though they have been portrayed this way from the beginning.
  • The civil rights act in the voting rights act did indeed admit to the population that we got it wrong and these laws were sold as the fix.
  • Politicians began to run with the criminality narrative as it was easy to show yourself as tough on crime.
  • The film states that it was the 1970s when mass incarceration started and the first thought to pop into my head was it ever not in existence?
  • Pop culture and politics would have us believe that it was Ronald Reagan that started the war on drugs, it was President Nixon that got the ball rolling hard.
  • Drugs were dealt with as a crime issue rather than a health issue. This is all part of the Southern strategy to get quotes. Pitting poor whites against blacks ensured that the voting bloc would switch from Democratic to Republican.  
  • Hundreds of thousands of black men were ripped from their families and  poverty was criminalized. Politicians took advantage of the economic collapse in the early 1980s in order to leverage these efforts.
  • Crack cocaine was given a 10 times greater sentence than powder cocaine which is more prevalent in white communities.
  • A political strategy morphed into a literal war that felt nearly genocidal to many.
  • Race is at the center of political life in America more than any other issue.
  • Media outlets began using the term super predators to instill fear in the population this was very effective. Black people also bought into this as well and supported policies that were devastating and criminalized their own children.
  • The objective reality is that nobody who is white understands the challenge of being black in America.
  • . Willie Horton won the election for George Herbert Walker Bush in 1988. The black male rapist in our imagination was brought to real life; it has been there ever since the Civil War. White on black rate is much worse the black on white rate as is portrayed in birth of a nation and other pop culture messaging
  • birth of a nation and its messaging in 1915 still had political utility a century later.
  • Bill Clinton and Barack Obama or just as bad as Reagan Bush and Trump when it comes to supporting this prison industrial complex. President Clinton knew he had to do something with governing Reagan’s America and had to look tough on crime… Three strikes and you’re out.
  • How did Bill Clinton get labeled the first black president?
  • It was during this. The judge has lost all their discretion in sentencing and that discretion given to prosecutors.
  • The 1994 $30 billion crime bill started the money flowing to local law-enforcement. This militarized forces all over the country. Bill Clinton built the infrastructure in place today.
  • The federal government stripped out an entire generation was civil rights leaders in the 60s 70s and 80s. The FBI was all over criminals in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King was branded the most dangerous man in America by J Edgar Hoover. He was also selling the narrative that black panthers were the greatest threat to American democracy… Really? How in the world with this small band of Brothers take over the strongest military in the history of the world? Fred Hampton is a prime example of how a unifying leader in the eyes of our federal government must be taken out.
  • This is all nothing less than a terrorist campaign waged by the government on its own citizens.
  • The American Legal Exchange council, otherwise known as ALEC, is responsible for writing the laws that support mass incarceration. This organization has been around for 40 years although almost nobody has heard of it.
  • It was 1980 when the CEO of ALEC talked about how it was in their best interest for everyone to not vote and that indeed their leverage went up when the voting populace went down.
  • Corrections Corporation of America began making contracts with states in 1983. These contracts stated prisons had to be kept full. States then ensure this would be the case by passing laws incarcerating people for low level non-violent crimes. These private prison corporations need a constant flow of bodies to produce profits to pass on to the shareholders.
  • These organizations are now preparing for the next phase… SB 1070 states that law-enforcement can stop anybody that looks like an immigrant… Simply another source to keep the flow of bodies coming.
  • Privatization of probation and parole is the next model they are building. privatization in commercialization of probation and parole means citizens own homes can become their prison. 
  • It’s important to remember that it’s not just correction corporations of America but also it’s vendors. Telephone companies healthcare providers and food service providers are just a few of the greatest contributors to the systemic nature of this horror.
  • In this country we take exception to buying clothes made in sweatshops overseas but think nothing about what happens right here at home. Federal inmates make the guidance system for Patriot missiles… Punishment now equals profit. 
  • Tens of thousands of people are in jail because they can’t afford bail.
  • The justice system is not judge histories and trials as most people think. Did Justin system would break down all those charged with crimes went to trial. Prosecutors will say to a defendant we can get you three years or go to trial and you’ll get 30 years. 90% of those that are locked up have plea-bargain.
  • The Phelan label follows you forever and puts people into second class citizen status for the rest of their lives.
  • 30% of black man in Alabama have permanently lost their right to vote. Once when is branded it fell in the old Jim Crowe is resuscitated. Jim Crowe was simply redesigned.
  • White politicians should not be the ones reforming our criminal justice system. They are not ready… Are we ready as a nation? 
  • Donald Trump doesn’t even waste time with the new Jim Crowe he simply still lives in the old Jim Crowe… “The good old days” is now a racist dog whistle.
  • African-American men make up 6.5% of the population but are 40.2% of the prison population.
  • We now have more prisoners than we ever had slaves. Ultimately we have more slaves now just owned by the state and not individuals.
  • Throughout our history African-Americans have been controlled in one way or another.
  • The good news is reformers can now force the conversation… Smart phones
  • People ask how we could have lived through Jim Crowe? I would point out how can you live through what is happening today? All of us need to be re-humanized.

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