There's an Ouroboros-esque system in place in so many American communities, and it works like this: Middle class and, especially, upper-middle class whites, predominantly, run both the companies and courts in a county or town. Each pays the other, but there's no direct exchange of money. Instead, courts over-fine the poor, especially those of color, for the smallest infractions of the law, which enters them into the "criminal justice" system, from which there's no escape. Once in, cops, judges, prosecutors, jailers, parole officers, and other parasites, all feed on this directly for their incomes with no regard as to what their leechlike behavior does to the affected.
Initially, a person is fined for, say, a broken tail light. They're already scrambling to make ends meet, now they have to cough up a couple hundred dollars for a replacement auto part AS WELL AS THE FINE. They can't buy it, and a warrant is issued, along with a second citation. Now, the "criminal justice" system is into them for 3 times as much as the original fine. Then, when they can't pay again because it's simply too much - which the court INTENDS - they're incarcerated, and fined for THAT! Upon release, they're handed over to a probation officer - or private company - to whom they have to pay MORE money, on top of the already egregious fines.
Why don't other community leaders speak up about this abuse? Because they benefit from it! Here's how.
Those "leaders" need minimum wage, low-earning workers to staff their poor-working-environment companies. In a better world, those jobs would pay much more because otherwise, no one would want to do them. Think animal slaughterhouses and processing plants, for example. So, the company owners - the community's "leaders" - support and help get re-elected the local judges and sheriffs who oversee their community's Crime Incorporated, "criminal justice" system. In turn, the business owners get a never-ending supply of cheap labor to use AT WILL in their shitty jobs. They know they don't have to pay a decent wage, especially considering the horrid working conditions, or offer valuable benefits because if a person quits - or gets put in jail - there will be 10 more looking for work the same moment - literally the same MINUTE - because they need money to pay their own fines into the system.
And they do it in plain sight.
If you're not offended by that, then you're probably profiting from it, and if you're not speaking out, you should be!
Thanks to +Beorn Borg
for the video link and conversation in a different thread, which prompted me to get pissed off about this. Again.
I'm sure that both +Rugger Ducky
will have some input on this.