May 20, 2015 Leave a comment
Recently, I highlighted a book by Michelle Alexander that looks at race and incarceration in the United States. I also included a link to the following speech that she gave in Chicago in 2013.
AJ+ offers a shorter, less-detailed summary of this reality:
Continuing with this theme, 12 Heartbreaking Facts About The School To Prison Pipeline That Every Person Should Know,” a compilation of stats and graphics that you may have seen floating independently on social media. Taken together, it adds breadth to the arguments Michelle Alexander advances. For instance, it adds foster care statistics to the conversation. Naturally, correlation and causation continue to be issues to think through when digesting statistics.“
Two articles in the Baltimore Sun represent the priorities of incarceration and education. Arguments are not lacking for either side, but in the end, the decisions reflect society’s priorities.
- Hogan funds pensions, but nothing more for schools (Cox, 18 May 2015)
- State approves $30 million youth jail (Cox, 18 May 2015)
This week we witnessed another case study in law enforcement and race; however, this time it was from the other side–police action to stop a fight between biker gangs in Texas. This situation is not entirely identical to the situations in Ferguson or Baltimore (or…), so we have to be careful about drawing conclusions. Regardless, these two articles make some meaningful observations about law enforcement’s approach in Texas:
- Why race is the main reason the murderous bloodbath in Waco was handled with velvet gloves (Shaunking, 18 May 2015)
- What the Response to Waco Says About How We Treat White vs. Black Criminals (Moore, 18 May 2015)
Differences in perceptions of black and white individuals are also explored in the following scenarios:
ABC 20 20 What Would You Do Racism In America, Part 1 HQ (YouTube, Uploaded 2009)
ABC 20 20 What Would You Do Racism In America, Part 2 HQ (YouTube, Uploaded 2009)
Black Man Vs. White Man Carrying AR-15 Legally (YouTube, Uploaded May 2015)
Deleted material from AR-15 stop above (YouTube, Uploaded March 2013)
Taking this conversation in a different direction, The Real News posted a conversation between
Two additional articles on race in America:
- Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us (Kang, NY Times, 4 May 2015)
- White America’s Greatest Delusion: “They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It” (Wise, Alternet, 6 May 2015).
Finally, I’m not sure how to overcome the psychology of the human brain described in this article — The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever (Kaplan, AlterNet, 16 Sept 2013). It seems like we learn from experience more than from statistics, but how do we enable one group to experience the reality of another group so that learning can take place? In an era of self-segregation, how do people of good will overcome racism? What role can and should faith communities play in working for and demonstrating the beloved community?
It’s easy for my wife and I to march a bit, and we should, but I see that we also need to be about the harder work of building community.