In late July, Mr. Sanders introduced legislation that would end cash bail on the federal level. “Cash bail” is the current bond system in which people arrested for even low-level offenses are detained pending trial — unless and until they pay a fee. The fees are often arbitrary and often beyond people’s means ($3,000 for allegedly stealing a backpack, $10,000 for a bicycle), leaving the poorest arrestees locked up, sometimes for years, without being convicted of a crime.
Under this system, freedom comes with a price tag, and those who can pay it get to walk while the rest languish in the United States’ bloated prison system. Citing a statistic showing that over 400,000 people are in jail simply because they can’t afford to pay bail, Mr. Sanders called for the end of “modern day debtors’ prisons.”
“The case of Kalief Browder, a Bronx teenager who spent much of a three-year stint awaiting trial in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, highlighted the dangers associated with prolonged isolation. After prosecutors dropped their case, he committed suicide in 2015. After his death, Mr. de Blasio said, “Kalief’s story helped inspire our efforts” at Rikers.”
Mass Incarceration: What Caused The Dramatic Rise In Never Married African-Americans
Why are so many black women single? Could this be due to structural racism? Mass Incarceration? A system that disrupted black families, leaving Black women and children to fend for themselves in an increasingly hostile world.
In general, marriage is on the decline in America. In 2016, 48% of all Americans married as opposed to 29% of African-Americans.
Approximately 1 in 2 of all African-Americans has never married as opposed to 1 in 3 of all Americans.
Black men marry white women at twice the rate that Black women marry White men.
- In 2017, 15% of black men were married to non-black women while only 7% of black women were married to non-black men.
- Of those with non-black spouses, 60% of black men were married to White women while only 4% of black women were married to white men.
Curiously, in 2012 The U.S Census Bureau did a study on the history of marriage and discovered some surprising statistics. From 1890 to 1960s, African-Americans 35 and older were more likely to be married than White Americans. Then in 1980 something changed. The number of married African-Americans declined. The number of never-married African Americans began to climb, jumping from 10% in 1980 to 25% in 2010.
In the 1960-70’s mass incarceration began. The chart below shows how the rise in mass incarceration may be related to the dramatic rise in the number of never-married African-Americans.
Why are so many Black women single? Why was there a dramatic rise in never married African-Americans around the same time mass incarceration started to take hold? The data suggests a link. Mass incarceration maybe playing a crucial role in breaking up African-American families, sentencing many black women to single parenting or single life. This observation needs further investigation to determine if an association exists.
Since a majority of black women will not consider dating a non-black man, what does that mean for the future of African-Americans as mass incarceration becomes the American way of life? Was the war on drugs that led to mass incarceration intended to be a war on African American families?
Op-Ed Updates: Where We Stand
Bassem Masri: “Racism is the conduit to white power”
With one in 100 Americans imprisoned, mass incarceration is a high mortality and morbidity contagious disease, that has gone unnoticed by public health and other medical officials. Structural systems are deeply entrenched to guarantee this disease afflicts all Americans. For most white Americans the disease of mass incarceration is asymptomatic, unaware they too have contracted the disease with risks for complications whether incarcerated or not.
The mainstream media continue to misrepresent the facts and give credence to misinformation. After all, this is organized crime, where government agencies, the mainstream media and big corporations engage in criminal activities and cover each other’s back. This is the current state of affairs, as we enter the latest US presidential election.
A presidential election without choice where one candidate, Donald Trump, refers to Whites as “us”; and Blacks, migrants and Muslims as “them”. He believes “them” should be contained, in the interest of white supremacy, to make America white again. NEWSFLASH: America was never only white.
The other choice for president, Hillary Clinton, is known for her corruption plus the dead bodies surrounding her law firm (allegedly!), her State Department appointment, and now her run for president. Hey, but with Wall Street and mainstream media covering her back, she has immunity and at no risk in becoming one of the incarcerated. She is free to engage in criminal conduct in the interest of national security.
Both mainstream parties have ordinary citizens divided and fighting each other over who is less evil to become President of the US. While both parties do their best to conceal their true intentions. Racism is their favorite tool and weapon, a conduit to invoke white power meant to divide & conquer we, the people.