How Poor Black Livez Matter to U.S. Capitalism Today: Reflectionz on “The New Jim Crow”

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July 2, 2015 by socialaction2014

Moorbey'z Blog

by Paul Street

The U.S. mass incarceration regime measures Black lives by the value that can be derived from their imprisonment. “The ‘new Jim Crow’ is about disciplining a deindustrialized Black lumpen proletariat and turning it into a largely inert, deindustrialized profit-source whose ‘value added’ comes mainly from the mere fact of its captive existence.”

How Poor Black Lives Matter to U.S. Capitalism Today: Reflections on “The New Jim Crow”

by Paul Street

A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will “thingify” them – make them things… Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967

This article was previously published in Counterpunch.

Black lower- and working class lives matter to the U.S. state capitalist system as the critical raw material for the vast new social and spiritual Death Row that is the modern U.S. prison-industrial complex.

King Cotton

Black lives have always mattered to white America…

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