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Black Man
11-03-2006, 12:50 PM
"When are you Black folks gonna throw off the KILLERS that are JAILIN' you for murder?"
--John Africa, On the MOVE! (July 26, 1975)

"For three millennia our main social hypothesis--that the moral and legal way of thinking about and responding to violence (by calling it evil, forbidding it "just say no"--and punishing it) will prevent violence (or at least bring it under control)--has been singularly unsuccessful in reducing the level of violence. Three thousand years should be an adequate length of time to test any hypothesis." --Dr. James Gilligan, _Violence: Reflections of a National Epidemic (Vintage, 1996)

There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has. --Justice Hugo Black, _Griffin v. Illinois_ (1956)

Many governments have been founded on principles of subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race... [Such] were, and are, in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature's laws. With us, all the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eyes of the law. Not so with the Negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. --Alexander Stephens' "Cornerstone Speech" (1861) (After election, Vice-President, Confederate States)

"Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it." --Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1966)

" . . . for people of color, doing time is only one among many terms of imprisonment legitimized by the concept of race."
- John Edgar Wideman, Behind the Razor Wire: Portrait of a Contemporary American Prison System (New York: NYU Press, 1998).

"The more powerful the technology is at expropriating and controlling the forces of nature, the more exacting the price we will be forced to pay in terms of disruption and destruction wreaked on the ecosystems and social systems that sustain life. Certainly our recent experience with both the nuclear and petrochemical revolutions bears out this most ancient truth." --Jeremy Rifkin, _The Biotech Century_ (1998)

Whoever fights monsters must take care not to become a monster himself. For, as you stand looking deep into the abyss, the abyss is looking deep into you.
--Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons? --Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish (1995)

This was the dilemma that preoccupied those who would rule the new nation. [James] Madison stated it clearly in the famous Federalist Paper Number Ten. Some kind of representative system was needed to maintain peace among the numerous factions in the new nation. But a representative system also posed dangers, for the factions to which Madison referred were not only those based on the numerous divisions of culture, region, or interest. The most serious and threatening factional division was that between the rich and poor, the division generated by "the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society." The true danger, then, was not a "faction"; it was a majority without property, a majority that could use democratic rights against minority.
-Francis Fox-Piven & Richard A, Cloward, The New Class War (1982/1985)

Each new child reminds us that creation has not yet despaired of man. -Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Indian Poet

Commitment to a labor regime under which non-European slaves did virtually all of the menial labor and subservient work had the effect of lessening the possibility of c1ass conflict among whites by elevating all of them to a relatively privileged social status. -G.M. Fredrickson, White Supremacy : A Comparative Study in
American and South African History (Oxford:1981)
"In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way."
--Justice Harry Blackmun, University of Calif. Regents v Bakke (1978)

A judge articulates her understanding of a text, and as a result, somebody loses his freedom, his property, his children, even his life … [w]hen {judges} have finished their work, they frequently leave behind victims whose lives have been torn apart by these organized, social practices of violence.
-- Robert Cover,
Edited in López, Ian F. Haney.
White By Law The Legal Construction of Race
(N.Y.:NYU, 1996)

A Fair trial in a fair tribunal is a basic requirement of due process. Fairness of course requires an absence of actual bias in the trial of cases. But our system of law has always endeavored to prevent even the probability of unfairness....[T]o perform its high function in the best way `justice must satisfy the appearance of justice.’ --In re Murchison, US Supreme Court (1955)

11-03-2006, 12:54 PM
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