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NAACP: US Spends Far More On Prisons Than Education

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(FinalCall.com) – A new report from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is critical of America’s “misplaced priorities” in overemphasizing and overfunding the prison industrial complex while underfunding education.

According to NAACP President and CEO Benjamin T. Jealous, excessive spending on incarceration undermines educational opportunities and destabilizes Black communities nationwide.

“Today, there is no greater threat to civil rights accomplishments than the state of our country’s education system and its impact on young African American youth. Failing schools, college tuition hikes, and shrinking state education budgets are narrowing the promise of education for young people all across the country. Meanwhile, we continue to invest billions of dollars into our corrections system, sending our youth a clear message that we value incarceration over education,” said Mr. Jealous introducing the report.

 

According to the NAACP, state spending on prisons grew at six times the rate of state spending on higher education over the last two decades. Many of those incarcerated have low levels of educational attainment, high levels of unemployment and quite often are victims of substance abuse. Currently, there are over 2.3 million people in prison in America.

Many cities across the U.S. are facing budgetary shortfalls, and as a result teachers are being laid off, schools closed, extra-curricular programming cut, and class size grows. An additionally troubling statistic is that in many major metropolitan areas with large Black populations such as Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Atlanta, high school dropout rates hover close to and surpass 50 percent in some cases.

 

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  1. MAU
    April 19, 2011 at 4:39 am

    this is by design–it is clear that after the civil rights movement of the 60’s the powers-that-be decided they would summarily remove from polite society those deemed the most likely to politically agitate-young black males–1st phase: dumping of readily available and cheap drugs into the ghettoes (with a little help from CIA, actually A LOT of help); crack-cocaine sentencing disparities to support mass incarceration; US govt-lab created bio-germ warfare unleashed on as many black people as possible–AIDS created as a contagious cancer–simultaneously released on another undesirable population-homosexuals–Paranoia you say? Well, riddle me this: there are PLENTY of white women who have apparently had numerous sexual dalliances with black males–hence the growth in the bi-racial population in the latter part of the 20th century–well,if those women (who apparently didn’t use protection b/c of the resulting offspring)haven’t had any type of uptick in their numbers contracting AIDS in the last 20 yrs or so while the infection rates for BLACK women for the same time period, HAVE SKYROCKETED–doesn’t that at least ANECDOTALLY point to the POSSIBILITY that AIDS is genotypically-specific? And if THAT is so, then knowing history, is it REALLY such a stretch to hypothesize that the US govt is wholly capable & WILLING to create a disease that is race and/or genotypically targeted at specific groups? Eugenics? 2nd phase–creating as many mentally imbalanced,barely able to cope black people who are in effect clinging to the peripheries of society-start ad infinitum from point A. The US govt wants black people to either pick cotton WILLINGLY or DIE. No middle ground. Either you are an obedient slave or you will be neutralized. Kunte Kinte won’t be a viable option for these beasts. Willie Lynch is alive and well with a little Orwell thrown in for good measure. Black people you better recognize that what your common sense tells you is going on–IS GOING ON.

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