I’ve been writing for Progressive Army for a few months. I would like to start this post off by saying thank you to all the people that have read my work and those that reached out to me on social media. It has been a good ride so far. Now on to the rage-typing.
In my most recent article, I wrote about the myth that everyone was fully on board with the 1994 Crime Bill and no one realized what the negative outcomes might be. That is, in fact, a myth. The Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton, among others, were very vocal about the draconian measures that the bill. The language Hillary & Bill used around the law made it clear that they believed in the harshest parts.
The Super Predator pseudo-science provided the rhetorical framework to perpetrate the myth that the Black community was terrorized by criminals. Then we traded terror for occupation and mass incarceration. The CBC, Bernie, Jessie and Al all knew that the outcome would be a demonized and exploited class of young Black men. They would disproportionately end up behind bars for longer periods of time. They were correct. They told Congress as well as Bill and Hillary. They pleaded for safeguards in the criminal justice system. They were ignored. Community-after-community and family-after-family were destroyed. An entire generation scarred beyond recognition.
The answer is the same as it ever was. It is so simple, logical and moral. Here is the magical formula:
We will call it JOE. JOE would lower crime, strengthen families, lessen the strain on the social safety net, improve healthcare, minimize food insecurity, increase neighborhood safety, etc. JOE is a silver bullet. We need one. Back to the Crime Bill and tonight’s debate. Secretary Hillary Clinton said that there were good aspects to the bill. Also, that we should revisit and correct the bad things such as mass incarceration. On her advocacy, she says she is sorry for the unintended consequences. Even though they were warned, as I have stated. Bernie called her out on the racist “Super Predator” terminology and promoted the end of the Drug War. Then he expressed his lifelong commitment to JOE and ending mass incarceration.