Saturday, December 21, 2013
On Crack Prosecutions of Blacks Being Proof of a Racist Criminal Justice System
Maybe. Maybe not. I cite specifically several critical points. a) It was black leadership (Charlie Rangel immediately comes to mind) that initially sounded this alarm about crack and it was also them who called for these stiffer sentences (a point that obviously makes it much harder for them to scream racism now). b) Only about 5,000 black people a year are prosecuted for crack while the total black population in prisons, jails, etc.is 858,000. OBVIOUSLY, most of the black folks in prison are in there for violent activity. And c) While, yes, most of the people in prison for crack offenses are black, it is also true that most of the people in prison for meth-amphetamine offenses are white. I mean, is it not at least partially feasible that the people in prison are in there for the crimes that THEY do?