Quite a while ago we began discussing the target of Americas’ latest harvest – Slave Labor. Now a full documentary examining the problem has been produced. This is a trailer from Elementary Genocide: “From Primary To Penitentiary.
Elementary Genocide: “From Primary To Penitentiary” is a must see documentary, executive produced by award winning journalist/filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz. Elementary Genocide is a wake up call to preserve the African-American community’s most valuable commodity, our youth.
For a limited time only supporters of Rasha Entertainment are able to order and support this powerful documentary before its schedule premiere in January of 2014.
The documentary appeals to a wide general viewership by addressing the social, cultural, political and personal ramifications of how the federal government allots money to each state, to build prions based on the failure rate of 4th and 5th graders. In America, where half of the 4th grade is reading below grade level and more African-American males are in jail than are in college, Elementary Genocide serves as a striking reminder of a flawed system in need of repair.
“The School To Prison Pipeline is a system that built a highway into prison, but barely a sidewalk out”.
- Rahiem Shabazz-
Elementary Genocide consists of candid interviews and voice-over narration culled from original interviews from professors, teachers, best selling authors, children, parents, celebrities, etc. A few notable appearances are made by Dr. Umar Abdullah Johnson, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Supreme Understanding, Dr. Torrence Stephens, Tracey Syphax, Killer Mike, Kadidra Stewart, Edward M. Garnes Jr., Okorie Johnson and Sistah Iminah.
Now it seems much more sinister. There seems to be a direct plan to control the population which can earn the system the most collateral – The Incarcerated.
- You don’t have to pay them minimum wage, for a full production position.
- You don’t have to pay them pensions because they’re prisoners not workers.
- You don’t have to tolerate work stoppages because they are unable to tell you no, since you already have them confined into a control group.
Gone are the days of children dreading a trip to the principal’s office or spending their lunch time in detention. Instead, children are now facing the possibility of being dragged out of their classrooms in handcuffs for conduct violations, such as a schoolyard brawl or being accused of stealing a student’s lunch money.
Increasingly, children of color and children with learning disabilities are being prepped for a life in the American injustice system as police officers have become as common of a figure at schools as the nurse. After the Newtown massacre in December, police presence in schools across the country jumped leaving the authorities to deal with school children just as they deal with criminals, in an arrangement commonly referred to as the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
Recent cases of criminalization include a 12-year-old junior high student who was handcuffed and arrested for doodling on her desk in New York City; a 13-year-old Florida boy arrested and charged with disrupting a school function after passing gas; and a 6-year-old child handcuffed and arrested for throwing a tantrum in Georgia.
More guns, officers aggravate injustice
In his recent gun control proposal, President Obama slipped in a call to staff schools with police officers, further exacerbating the school-to-prison pipeline that unequally marginalizes black and Latino children. According to a study by the Civil Rights Data Collection—one that covered 85 percent of the nation’s students and 72,000 schools—black students are three and a half times more likely to be arrested than their white peers. The study also showed that 70 percent of students arrested were either black or Latino. Running in sync with the National Rifle Association’s call to put armed guards in every school, Obama’s plan will only intensify the school-to-prison pipeline, endangering children of color across the country.
Students with disabilities are also the victims of these harsh policies. Officers already receive very little training on how to handle suspects with mental disabilities, but even less so when it comes to children. Even though 8.6 percent of children in public schools have been found to have some sort of disability, they make up 32 percent of the youth in detention centers.
In a prison system that author Michelle Alexander has called “The New Jim Crow,” mass incarceration has led to one in six Latino men living behind bars, people of color making up 60 percent of the prisoner population and more black people in prison than there were slaves before the Civil War began. These same principles used to lock up people of color for petty “crimes” have found a way into classrooms, preparing these children for the racist injustice system they are statistically likely to encounter later in life by forcing them into the prison system early.
Not only have more security guards and police officers resulted in more bogus misdemeanor arrests, but they drain the already scarce funding for schools. School districts have spent upwards of $51 million on school security, while other much more vital aspects of education go underfunded, especially in poor urban neighborhoods of color.
A child is not a criminal
School-to-prison pipelines have been under fire recently with the expansion of the police state into elementary and middle schools, especially in places notorious for racial discrimination. In October, Meridian, Mississippi was sued for operating a pipeline where students were denied basic constitutional rights once they were arrested and taken to juvenile court. About 86 percent of the students in the Lauderdale Country School District are black, and every single one of the students referred to the court for violations were students of color. Not only were these students arrested, but they were denied legal representation, detained without probable cause, and weren’t advised of their Miranda rights.
Texas isn’t far behind when it comes to criminalizing students for minor infractions, such as disrupting class. According to The Guardian, the state tallied more than 300,000 Class C misdemeanor arrests in 2010 because of zero-tolerance policies and increased police forces on school grounds.
But this extension of the New Jim Crow has been found to have been the worst and the largest in Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinel, 12,000 students were arrested 13,870 times in public schools last year. Black students made up 46 percent of the referrals, even though they make up only 21 percent of the Florida youth.
According to the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research, these arrests make for long-lasting psychological damage to the student. Incarcerated youth are more likely to exhibit symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and anxiety issues. Detained students are also more likely to lose ground academically from juvenile detention. According to a study done on inner-city Chicago high school students, those arrested in the first two years of high school were six to eight times more likely to drop out than those who hadn’t been arrested.
Instead of focusing on education, school-to-prison pipeline policies are preparing America’s youth for a life in the injustice system. Scare tactics, zero tolerance policies, and police forces are quickly threatening the future of millions of young students. But this criminalization won’t end for them when they graduate high school because, as Alexander states, “mass incarceration in the United States has, in fact, emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.”
There is no one more concerned with what this means than those most at risk – Young Black or Brown Folks.
You can be any sex, and any orientation. They could care less; because you are a production unit. This is what America is doing right now – increasing their production at the lowest possible wage.
“In my very living room, right here, a woman whose husband is brilliant on Wall Street stood here and said, ‘I want you to put my husband’s client out of business’ because what they do is build prisons. They look at the failure rates of black boys in the 4th and 5th grades and they determine how many prison cells they’re going to need in the future. I had heard that and I thought, ‘This couldn’t be. Nobody is actually doing that.’ … Well, I was wrong.”
|—||Susan L. Taylor (writer, editor, and founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement), from the documentary, The Lottery.|
Clearly they learned something from their friends in the Chinese and Russian corrections businesses. Their output is legendary, since it’s all produced with unpaid basically slave labor forces. America is now emulating this and to be honest, it seems to be replacing the work force.
Americans can no longer rely on minimum wage jobs to help them get by until they find a liveable wage. The days of the liveable wage position are slowly disappearing. With the mass incarceration of youth, there is a whole new scheme evolving. Lifers. Yes folks who will never be released from jail, and will spend their entire life working for slave wages.
How can this be the model for an advanced society ?
Clearly American industry has been decimated by the banksters; who are also devolving the educational system. This enables them to create on an entirely new scale – corporate mass production in facilities from coast to coast.
Corrections Corporation of America is one of the most profitable industrial giants to emerge within the dow jones era. Americas prison labor has actually earned it’s niche in the American labor pool. This is more than disparaging – this is downright disgusting.
Please take a few moments and get a drink and get comfortable and listen to the facts. This is all about Jim Crow and Imprisonment and Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness.
This is what everyone needs to hear – The Facts on Imprisonment
How do you plan to have an entire generation of workers sitting behind bars, instead of paying taxes and creating a life for themselves and their families ?
America have you fallen to this level of desperation ?
There needs to be a new resurgence of worker pride, and unionization. Clearly this is the only way that the American labor system can work to right it’s self. No one should be forced to go from work to unemployment over and over; until they end up a number in the CCA worker pool.
The devaluation of Brown Skin has reached a peek and it’s time to stop it before it destroys America. There is no way that America can survive this type of human cost. The prisons of America are eating it’s future. Americans need to stand up and demand this ends now, or be prepared for the day that they come for you; Because surely at this rate, they will eventually.
The more you waste time talking about who’s nonsense is more crazy; the more time you loose in your quest to be aware of what is actually happening around you every moment.
The more you learn about the process of control, the more you are able to see what types of methods they employee to distract you from the truth. Just like A Headless Horseman
America Stop Eating Your Youth, or You Will Not Survive