I’ve always said that three P’s will make the Democratic Party nervous as the sheep of Wellington: patriarchy, Palestine, and prison. These are the issues they don’t want to acknowledge because their complicity on all counts is so intractibly deep.
The Jena 6 uprising is the reaction of one of the most consistent and abused core consitutencies of the Democratic Party — African America, which has been held hostage by the 2-Party 2-Step for decades, and kept in line by a lengthening list of Black gatekeepers who act as colonial surrogates.
Prison is the issue that comes to the surface with the Jena 6 focus on the aptly named US criminal justice system. We have the highest prison population (more than 2 million) on earth, even exceeding that of China (1.5 million) which is one in 800 people. Ours is one in 150. Black and brown folk are the VAST majority of that population, and the conditions in many of these lockups are utterly inhuman.
Here is a recent piece from the LA Times…
‘Jena Six’ case puts candidates on the spot
Obama and Clinton could court black support by joining in protests,
but such action could be a political liability down the road.
So far, they’re keeping their distances.
By Peter Wallsten
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 21, 2007
WASHINGTON — — In their quest for black voters, Democratic
presidential front-runners Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama
raced to Selma, Ala., six months ago to commemorate a historic civil
rights march. Each used tightly scripted church sermons to declare
their personal links to the freedom fighters of the 1960s.
But Thursday, as thousands poured into a small Louisiana town to
protest the case of six black youths that has emerged as a cause
celebre for the modern-day civil… FULL