there is a "Jake Sharman" mentioned in the credits of this clip. You? I would not be surprised to find you associated with a project like this.....
Not only in Canada. There are cats in most countries....
Actually, I think I would pick ALL of them!
That’s a very hard thing for me to say, and a harder thing still to hear. Hard for me to say, because I have lived my life fighting for the idea that all citizens of our country are equal. Of course, I’ve always had the privilege of having white skin to hide me from the truth. Harder still to hear, because in a nation where slavery is accepted, no one is ever truly a free citizen.
But I can’t hide from the truth anymore. Even the UN Report on Human Rights in the United States pulled no punches when released last week.
I’m a lifelong, passionate student of history, and dreamer of the future. The song Imagine was released just before my birth. Born to an anti-Vietnam War hippie mom, who surely sang along to me in my crib the words of her favorite musician. I grew up listening to stories of those who had fought long and hard for equality. I read everything I could get my hands on about the struggles of this country to truly represent the freedom and rights enshrined in our laws.
Slavery was stricken as constitutionally legal with the 13th Amendment. Yet the text itself left former slave owners with everything they needed to ensure they could continue prospering under the enforced labor of others.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The system continued with Jim Crow laws. The “former” slaves were kept indebted to the land in the form of sharecropping. Requiring them to only get goods and seeds from the store associated with the landowner, and pay it off at the end of each growing season kept them too poor to leave. And if they did think about leaving, that’s when the laws against certain jobs, living in certain areas, shopping in certain places all applied. It was oh so easy to keep slavery going, because they had the force of law. A black man unknowingly breaking a Jim Crow law would find himself either lynched or imprisoned for a very long term. Almost certainly to work on a chain gang.
And those prison jobs have always benefited the small local county sheriffs and police. They used the prisoners to staff their homes, care for their yards, and do labor for associates. While any profits were immediately pocketed by the police or sheriff.
When Jim Crow officially ended, it was still decades before many could vote, or take any rights of citizens.
But that pesky line in the 13th Amendment stayed there.
The same sheriffs and police that fought to keep Jim Crow alive and well never left their cash cow behind. They stayed in office, and simply continued their normal practices.
As a result, we now have a country that imprisons a far greater percent of our population than any other. That uses terms like “stop and frisk” as an acceptable practice to continue the enslavement and unfair imprisonment.
You might say “Oh, what’s the harm in checking someone to see if they’re breaking the law?”.
The harm comes in the violation of their 4th Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure. And in the overwhelmingly hard-handed use of these tactics against people of color. Even in “liberal” areas like the Bay Area.
A young white man is just as likely to be carrying marijuana as a young black man. Yet that young black man is many more times likely to be arrested for it.
We’ve grown our prisons for many reasons. For profit prisons are thriving, and have created a huge lobby. That lobby does much to push for “mandatory sentencing”, to ensure that minor crimes or even victimless crimes are punished far longer--so there is more profit per prisoner to be had.
Private prisons especially, but also many publicly run ones are continuing to be heavily used for their free/cheap labor. Your business have call center needs you don’t want to pay much for, or outsource overseas? Here’s the place for you! They even take the time to point out to racists that these prisoners speak English!! And their services include a great note Furthermore our agent turnover rate is less than half of the industry norm and the absenteeism rate is practically zero. Because there’s no such thing as a sick day or personal day in prison, and the average prison term is longer than most people can tolerate working in a call center environment outside the prison industry.
The Sheriff’s Union and Police Unions continue to rake in their profits, and have absolutely no incentive to hand over power. And since prosecutors depend on police cooperation to do their jobs, the police don’t get prosecuted for breaking the laws and violating civil rights of citizens. When citizens do try and speak up about the injustice, its easy to shut them down when you control all the power.
Slavery is, and always has been, a monetary system. There’s huge profit in enforced labor. Black lives in this country have only mattered as far as the monetary gain that can be stolen from their labor.
And the answer to young black men and others of color is still the same as what it was for Jim in To Kill a Mockingbird. If you refuse to be stopped and imprisoned, if you refuse to be held any longer for crimes you haven’t committed, but merely for the color of your skin, that’s an immediate death penalty offense.
Slavery or death. That’s the inevitable choice of people of color in the US.
It is not a matter of hiding something "wrong". It is about being thre for yourself, for no one else.
I've always considered the "If you've got nothing to hide..." argument an erroneous one. Why? Because history teaches us that innocence is no protection against those who would mould the world to their liking by force.
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. ~ Louis D. Brandeis
Privacy is a protection from the unreasonable use of state and corporate power. But that is, in a sense, a secondary thing. In the first instance, privacy is the statement in words of a simple understanding, which belongs to the instinctive world rather than the formal one, that some things are the province of those who experience them and not naturally open to the scrutiny of others: courtship and love, with their emotional nakedness; the simple moments of family life; the appalling rawness of grief. That the state and other systems are precluded from snooping on these things is important – it is a strong barrier between the formal world and the hearth, extended or not – but at root privacy is a simple understanding: not everything belongs to everyone. ~ Nick Harkaway
The way things are supposed to work is that we're supposed to know virtually everything about what they [the government] do: that's why they're called public servants. They're supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that's why we're called private individuals.” ~ Glenn Greenwald
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin
What would a world like that be?
"We should all be asking what we get to do once freed from them."
The beginning of the end of labor as we know it is starting. This will fundamentally disrupt our existing socioeconomic system. Whether this leads to dystopia or utopia rests largely in the hands of politicians.
Yeah. I'm sure they'll make the right decisions.
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If the theory of "multiverses" is true, and i got to live in a branch where Bernie Sanders got elected, I wonder what the world would be like.
A lot of people play it safe, they avoid hard questions or obfuscate their responses.
And while you can't get to every question asked, you can get a good number of them reviewed.
Looking over his responses on this, to what could be construed difficult questions was really refreshing. It's the put up or shut up style of question and answer that we've been wanting from the people we elect.
While I can't say honestly what George Carlin would say... definitively. I would guess he'd be a strong Bernie Supporter, because they are saying the same thing in different ways.
When you wonder, if Senator Bernie Sanders is a paid for politician. The answer is nope. He's actually railing against the billionaire class that Carlin famously ranted about.
It's exciting to see someone with truth and conviction and a record to back up his claims like Bernie has.
or this article which takes a thoughtful, sober look at the situation in Portugal, it is not all roses. But, from my point of view, if all the money that was being spent on waging the "war" and on keeping people incarcerated were to be spent on support and rehab... the whole scene would look different.
There's so much to quote in this article! She sounds amazing and not for the faint hearted.
“In mainstream culture, women are not supposed to enjoy their flesh. Inuit women have to be strong … and sex wasn’t seen as dirty. There are rules and taboos, but there are literally three months when the sun never rises and it is minus 50. So when you are watching your fifth movie, you look over at your best friend and you say, ‘Do you want to hook up?’
“It was such a huge culture shock when I went to university. The rules were: you act like you are a virgin, pretend you are drunk and then you hook up. I didn’t understand why I had to pretend to not like sex! I love the ecstatic and extreme emotions I can convey on stage, but I like to mix together what is sexy. There’s sex and death – procreation, fear, anger and laughter.”
For someone specialising in wordless singing, Tagaq has a lot to say. And she hasn’t finished yet. “If my singing is a platform to help these issues being raised, then I will do it with love, with laughter and with fists.”
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