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Freedom Rider: Obama Fights to Keep Black People in Jail

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    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The Obama administration is fighting a federal court ruling that would free the remainder of the mostly Black prison inmates convicted under now-defunct, viciously racially disparate crack cocaine laws. The First Black President and his Black attorney general are determined to keep “5,000 people in jail who have no reason to be there.”

    Freedom Rider: Obama Fights to Keep Black People in Jail

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    “Thousands of inmates, mostly black, languish in prison under the old, discredited ratio. Like slavery and Jim Crow laws, the intentional maintenance of discriminatory sentences is a denial of equal protection.” – Sixth District Court of Appeals

    If Barack Obama’s ascendance to the oval office was worth a fraction of the importance which has been claimed, the president would do something to stop the human catastrophe of mass incarceration and the destruction it has wrought on black Americans. Instead he has officially given it his blessing. In a stunning decision, the Obama administration has made it quite clear where it stands. It stands with making certain that the president spends his two terms in office pleasing white people at the expense of black people.

    Mass incarceration was the mechanism used to put black people back in their place after the civil rights movement. It was a perfect means of turning back the clock and diminishing or destroying the citizenship rights which were won after years of struggle. The war on drugs was the pretext for carrying out this plan and the hysteria fomented against crack cocaine created popular demand for draconian law enforcement measures. The United States then became the imprisonment capital of the world with black people paying a disproportionate price.

    “The legislation should have been called the Not Quite So Unfair Sentencing Act.&rdquo

    Under the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, the federal government officially established that one form of a drug would by statute be treated with greater severity than another form, a 100:1 degree of severity. For sentencing purposes, one gram of crack cocaine was treated like 100 grams of powdered cocaine and thereby established harsh mandatory minimum sentences in federal courts.

    Those disparities were opposed from the very beginning by astute lawyers, civil libertarians and anyone savvy about the role that the criminal justice system has always played in imposing the harshest treatments on black people. Years of agitation brought relief in 2010 when Congress passed and President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act. The sentencing disparity didn’t end however, it was merely reduced. The ratio went from 100:1 to 18:1. The legislation should have been called the Not Quite So Unfair Sentencing Act.

    The 100:1 disparity existed for some 20 years before it was addressed and didn’t undo the damage of two decades. What would happen to those who were sentenced between 1986 and 2010? According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, those persons ought to have the opportunity for retroactive redress. This court noted that between 1988 and 1995 in seventeen states which included large cities such as Boston, Denver, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas, not one white person was tried under federal regulations for a crack cocaine related offense. In US v Blewett it ruled that the Fair Sentencing Act “should apply to all defendants, including those sentenced prior to its passage.” The court’s decision sounds reasonable and fair, but not to the Obama justice department, which is seeking to overturn the ruling. In other words, the Obama administration is leaving 5,000 people in jail who have no reason to be there and they are doing it for the most cynical of motives.

    “The United States then became the imprisonment capital of the world with black people paying a disproportionate price.”

    The Obama apologists have ready-made excuses for any and all acts of evil-doing perpetrated by this administration. One of the favorite enabler rationales is that he isn’t just the president for black people, but for everyone. True, but he seems to never be the president for black people. We have no political victories to point to, no reason for happiness except outdated notions of race pride.

    It is clear that Obama has chosen to side with white America against black America. There is no other explanation. He is a lame duck and no longer has to worry about re-election. He had a court decision which he could support and which gave him an easy out.

    But there is no easy out when it comes to black people, criminal justice issues and the Obama administration. It seems that the protest slogans are true. We are all Trayvon Martin and must be prepared to face attack and even death and have no expectation of redress from the federal government. We are all Bradley Manning and must be willing to risk being hit with the sledge hammer of federal prosecution for any offense.

    We are still being told that the term limited president can’t risk being identified with his most loyal supporters. White people must win, black people must lose and black people should just keep quiet about it all.

    “There is no easy out when it comes to black people, criminal justice issues and the Obama administration.”

    Of course the president notoriously parsimonious with pardons and commutations could change this situation with the stroke of a pen. He could commute the sentences of the 5,000 people still in federal prisons who were sentenced under the old rules. That will never happen and the unlucky people sentenced just weeks before the 2010 act was signed, are just victims of a “cosmic roll of the dice.”

    The hollowness of Obama mania has never been more clear cut than in this instance. When he first campaigned for the presidency in 2008 detractors were urged to be quiet and let him win because his feet could be held to the fire. No such flames were ever lit, and the Obamaphiles maligned anyone who didn’t go along with their cultish fixation.

    The constitutional law professor president doesn’t care much about the constitution nor does the technically black man care about black people. The president is just the latest ambitious man who was able to make the right sales pitch to the right people and ended up becoming president as a result. There certainly isn’t any change for the people he could help but has chosen not to.

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    Yes, they are falling for the bullshit. There is a propaganda machine built by the system designed to win the war for the minds and souls of Blackk folks.This war has been won many years ago as is evidenced by the supid shit we are saying......; For example,"the Black man was more responsible for slavery than the White man was "........You are most likely one of those negros going around repeating that stupid shit.Your woman problably has a blonde wig hanging in her closet with your permission.You most likely believe in the bible which also mean that you you believe that being Black is a curse from god and Jews were meant to be your masters.Black people in general are stupid idiots who deserve everything the white man has in store for them.Unfortunately for me,since my skin color is Black,I will most likely become a victim of the mass genocide being planned for Blacks in America.Obama was put into office to facilitate that destruction and it's already taking place all over this earth.The son of an African is helping Africa's biggest enemy to destroy his father's homeland...Yet,as descendants of Africans,we are more than happy to watch it happen because we deeply hate Africa ourselves.How can you love a people whom you believe sold themselves into slavery?Black Americans are no different from Haitians.The Haitian is also convinced that he or she deserves to be treated like shit by the evil whites because people in Haiti practice voodoo which is a form of disrespect towards the white god.So,it's ok for the white man's god to exist but not for the African god to do the same....I am unsubscribing to this feed because hanging around with idiots can be very hazardous to one's mental and physical health.Nothing worse than a stupid person who thinks that he or she knows everything.Black women are the most stupid backward thinking group of people in this world after no other group.Yet,they  all feel as if they have a PHD in bibliology.How in hell can descendants of ex slaves believe that a god who looks like the slave masters will come and deliver them from bondage one day? Only a damn idiot would think such a thing possible and that means that close to 99 percent of Black people in this world are idiots and fools....I am out of her.I am beginning to feel sick to my stomach.

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    FYI RE: Obama's white momma: she's related to several POTUSes IE: Bush Jr & Sr [& VP Dick Cheney], Jerry Ford, LBJ, HS-Truman, FDR, even so-called 'Founding Father' slave-owning James Madison. Hell she's even related to Jefferson Davis & Robert E Lee- the President & Commanding Gen of the Confederacy! Plus the UK's legendary PM Winston Churchill!

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    First, please stop referring to this tragedy and its victims in general terms; i.e, as one that hits at "black people." Be specific and acknowledge the fact that 90% of those blacks behind bars are BLACK MALES. They represent the (real or imagined) traditional threat to the power structure. They always will be the targets of elimination whereas black females are a threat to no one. That has everything to do with why there is no public outrage at what is happening. That has a lot to do with why there will be no release of these unwanted pawns by the white ruling powers.

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    Finally, even if these unfortunates were released, what would they have to look forward to? In the current RACIST system, they couldn't get a  job. And if they can't get a job, they can't eat or have a place to live. What options would be left to them?

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    If only the Black males who are still on the outside would grow just a little bit of courage and stop wasting their Sunday mornings following the white man's best friend,the Black woman to those houses of lies and deciets.I was born outside of the U.S. and I find myself feeling closer to the spirit of the now dead American slaves than the Black American does.The Black American is so detached from his own great grand parents that he is now blaming them for having enslaved themselves.The Black man in america has allowed the white man to enter his mind so deeply that he is repeating stupid shit like.".Oh....We would have been better off if we were still being forced to sit in the back of the bus and live separated from white people "Also..."Oh...It was the African who sold his own brother into slavery".These are stupid crazy ideas that make no sense because the African did not profit from slavery.If he did,Africa would not be in the situation it is in today.As far as us living in peace within the boundaries of the United States in our own little black world, it is almost as crazy as expecting a white man to come for us one day and take us to heaven..All we have to do is remember all the Black occupied towns that White people destroyed and burned down not that along ago.I believe there was one named Rosewood they made a movie about..Until the BlacK man of today wakes up out of this stupid sleep he has been lured into by the Black woman,we will forever be going backward as a people.How can a group of men whose ancestors were kept in slavery for over 400 years because the slave masters told them to keep waiting for a white man to appear from the clouds who will free them from bondage still continue to support the book where that white savior lives with his white father and the white holy ghost? I ask Black men this question all the time and their response is always the same...If they do not say they believe, they will not get sex.So,for sex, these so called men are willing to give up their self respect and their pride....The Black woman,as sweet as she is in bed, can keep her sex to herself if I have to bow my head down like a dog begging for a bone every sunday morning..... I am sorry to say but,the Black man of today is a waste of good brain power.A man is not supposed to follow a woman,especially when  she is in a psychological frozen state of mind.It is impossible to start a conversation with a Black woman and for jesus not to enter the conversation in no more than 5 seconds.We have lost all political will because of the Black woman.Now,with Obama in office,she won't be happy until we are all on our knees while Obama is slapping our faces with his penis.Again,I want to make it clear that although I am criticizing the Black woman,the final critic goes towards the Black man because he is supposed to be in charge of at least his own brain.How does a man allow his enemy to take control of the only thing he should always make sure he is in control of.?............

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    "Again,I want to make it clear that although I am criticizing the Black woman,the final critic goes towards the Black man because he is supposed to be in charge of at least his own brain.How does a man allow his enemy to take control of the only thing he should always make sure he is in control of.?............"

    Point well made christianslayer.

    Black men and women should indeed trash the religion addiction.

    I don't see it happening anytime soon, however. The reason is that religion is instilled in people by their parent(s) at a very young and impressionable age. And unfortunately for most black children, the parent that does the instillation is usually their unmarried mother.

    You ask, "How does a man allow his enemy to take control of the only thing he should always make sure he is in control of ?" The answer is simple. The black man's mind is filled with the garbage that is religion long before he can do anything about it....by his brainwashed black mother. She is, like you say, "the white man's best friend."

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    Thanks for those words od support Mrswift but,I still have to disagree with that last thought of yours.Sometimes,all it takes is a little courage.Are you trying to tell me that the same Black man who is not scared to stand up to the police and fight him while the po po is pointing a gun at him is also too afraid to tell an emotionally unstable and psychologically brain dead woman that he does not believe in stupid bullshit fairy tales? The problem is not only fear my friend; I believe it goes deeper than that.Let's admit here and now that the Black man is no better nor no worse than the White man.It is a myth that some of us like to hold on to so to make us feel better about ourselves.The Black man has been corrupted to the core of his soul.You have to be very low on the human chain to worship a book where inside of,there is a god giving slave masters instructions on how to beat their slaves to death; Especially when this same book was given to the Slaves who so happen to be your great great great parents and family members.They may be dead and gone but,their spirits should leave inside of us.We do nothing but dishonor those spirits when we continue to believe in the same stupid shit they believed in.At least they had an excuse; They were illiterate.What is our excuse if so many Black women are getting miseducated these days ? These women,although dark in pigmentation really hate being Black as is evidenced by all those ugly wigs they are wearing.The educated Black man is worse.He is the type of person who is so stupid,he'll spend the whole night before studying for a blood test he'll be taking the next day.....As I said before,he only has sex in the brain and although sweet, sex can be a very bitter experience sometimes.You can't give up your self respect,your brain, your soul for sex.I would rather masturbate for the rest of my life than to do that.Some dogs have more pride than that. As far as the mother influence is concerned,if she needs to be told to step out of the way,let it be so.When I told my mom to leave me alone with her nonsense,she fainted right in front of me in the kitchen floor.I poured some holy water on her face and she woke up.She turned the whole family against me (not on purpose of course.....Notice every bad thing a christian does is never done on purpose) but,40 years later I am still surviving.My life probably would have been better moneywise but,I rather hold on to my self respect and dignity than to give them up for either sex or money.

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