How are you doing? I hope all is well with you and your team. Also, I am sorry to hear that y’all been sucked into the “system” and now all have court-dates. As always, standing up for what’s right or disrupting the system come with a negative price. Hopefully, nothing over bearing will come out of y’all court situation. Also, I seen I.O.A. protesting against video-visitation. I want to say GOOD JOB and keep up the good work.
I received “Mama’s Baby Papa’s Maybe” and WEB DuBois “Darkwater.” I have read both of them and found the Mama’s Baby Papa’s Maybe to be the most interesting. The Author really gives it up to let you see how America “thinks.” She really hits home when she explain the misnaming factor which I think is so true. I look at it this way. We have been stereotyped so much with negative notions that whenever we are view by the public that’s all that comes to mind is that we are a people without a culture, a bunch of thugs, as Hillary way “super predators,” etc. So, when society is fed these negative images, they really don’t care that we are being incarcerated at an alarming rate. They don’t care that we are being mistreated inside the prison all, because by popular thinking we are not fit for society anyways.
Furthermore, America was built off white supremacy and free labor (slavery). America has hid the ugly face of racism and slavery within the legal system. So, instead of a black man being “lynched” by a lynch mob and tree wise he is being lynched legally in the decency of a court room, and the smack of the whip has been replaced with the slap of the gavel. As a result, discrimination against race and class has forced the black woman to be the head of the family, this, too, being by design, because children coming out of a single parent home are more likely to travel on a road leading to prison.
On one note, the author quotes Goodell’s reading of the partus sequitur ventrem: the condition of the slave mother is “forever entailed on all her remotest posterity.” You have to ask yourself what is the condition of the slave mother or, conditions of the slave mother and why it’s forever entailed on all her remotest posterity. She’s born a female but she’s conditioned to act and perform as a slave just like the women before her and so on. So, its safe to say that a slave like mentality would be passed on from generation to generation. Furthermore, you can see the residue of slavery left in the modern day negro because we still choose to call ourselves “nigga” (the black community version of nigger) and the self-hate that we so adamantly express toward each other. Also, as this is passed down, the fact that you are going to prison one day is passed down also, subliminally. It’s to the point that prison is seen as a part of life now.
With this being said, I agree on the fact that we need to break apart, to rupture violently the laws of American behavior that make such syntax possible. We need to empower people with the education necessary to seek out and destroy injustice anywhere.
Peace until next time.
– The Black Holocaust
PS: I read the WEB DuBois not so much to go off of, I need more information. Also, if possible can you send me anything by Dr. Cornel West – books, internet, etc. – or Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow.