I believe black Americans face a genocide. Here's why I choose that word
November 16, 2019 at 7:48 AM - Views: 69 #225774eridaniParticipant
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If that isn’t enough evidence of genocide, consider the last two acts contained in the UN’s definition – preventing births or forcibly transferring the children of one group to another. In my book, I document how black people have been sterilized without their knowledge or against their will for decades and are still coerced into sterilization to reduce a prison sentence. For much of the last century, a majority of states carried out eugenics laws, resulting in the sterilization of nearly 65,000 Americans, most often women of color. In California, nearly 150 incarcerated women were sterilized between 2004 and 2013, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting. And as recently as 2017, a Tennessee judge offered to reduce criminal sentences by 30 days for individuals who agree to sterilization or long-form birth control implants.
Black children are much more likely to intersect with the social welfare system, where they are likely to end up in foster care or adopted – that is, raised by a group other than their own. In New York City, 53% of children in foster care are black, though only 25% of children in the city are black. In Minnesota, black children are three times more likely to be removed from their homes than white children. In many cases, the “crime” that led to the children’s removal is their parents’ poverty, a condition imposed or fostered by society.
The physical, financial, mental, and even spiritual deaths inflicted on black Americans are evident everywhere – in substandard schools, in the food deserts that leave black communities without food to survive or thrive, in impoverished neighborhoods subject to polluted water and air.
That the use of the word genocide would prove so shocking suggests that many Americans lack both a knowledge of our history and an awareness of the circumstances all around them. In Open Season I have tried to hold a mirror to America’s face, because we know our nation can and must do better. Like the CRC members declared nearly 70 years ago, I charge genocide. The case is clear.
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November 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM #226257carrotguyParticipant
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Crystal Nguyen, a former Valley State Prison inmate who worked in the prison’s infirmary during 2007, said she often overheard medical staff asking inmates who had served multiple prison terms to agree to be sterilized.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not right,’ ” Nguyen, 28, said. “Do they think they’re animals, and they don’t want them to breed anymore?”
One former Valley State inmate who gave birth to a son in October 2006 said the institution’s OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, repeatedly pressured her to agree to a tubal ligation.
“As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it,” said Christina Cordero, 34, who spent two years in prison for auto theft. “He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it.”
edit- a wapo article about the tennessee judge reads as if the focus is on drug-offenders with children. of course there will be a class (and therefore race-based) correlation but hmm
November 16, 2019 at 8:16 PM #226361VoltairineParticipant
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November 16, 2019 at 8:45 PM #226371djean111Participant
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Poor white women were the first targets of sterilization in the US. It is the POOR that get sterilized. If you Google sterilization poor whites you get a lot of good information.
I think it is just a question of numbers and opportunity.
I am white, and the state of Pennsylvania decided that neither my father nor my mother could afford to take care of my sister and brother and me, so they took us and put us in The Southern Home for Destitute Children, and I spent six years there, age 6 to 12. With lots and lots of other kids taken from their parents. 1951/1957 or thereabouts. No one really wanted to know about things like that. Not then, and likely not now. I am fine (shut up!) but I think perhaps my outlook on things is a bit different than people who grew up in a family, “normal” life. All good!
November 16, 2019 at 9:16 PM #226378Ohio BarbarianModerator
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OK. I read the article. This is what I see.
Ben Crump, who was the lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s family, has a chance to be a best-selling author, yessirree. He throws in one of the most emotionally provocative words in race relations to attract more attention, and succeeds brilliantly.
Well, if we white folk tried to do a genocide on black people, it sure as hell didn’t work nearly as well as the one we inflicted on the First Nations population, that’s for damned sure. There were a lot of dark things done in the name of racism, and there’s a lot of injustice that needs to be corrected. That can only be done with a diverse, working class, progressive populist movement.
I bet Crump doesn’t give a shit about that. Just sayin’.
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November 16, 2019 at 11:04 PM #226417game meatParticipant
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And there’s another thread declaring identity politics dead.
This is just classic race reductionism, treating the racial component as the only component of a social problem. The corporate media loves to publish garbage like this because it places the lower classes into separate, distinct, categories based on identity. Playing to tribal instincts, attributing privilege and oppression to race rather than class, ensures people will blame each other, failing to recognize their commonality of interests.
Everything this writer cites to support his claim applies to poor people regardless of race. Look, it’s undeniably true that black America suffers disproportionately from policies designed to hurt or neglect the lower classes. No one is disputing that. But when everything is “most likely to be” or “53% of” you have to wonder how bad this genocide is going. If there is that much collateral damage…
Of course Flint, Michigan gets a mention as it should. It’s disgraceful what happened there. Flint, Michigan is majority black, true, but it’s also 37.4% White.
Genocide? Hardly, but “The Guardian” got their clicks, I’m sure. Top down class warfare? Absolutely.
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