We have over two million prisoners, disproportionately black, making our goods.
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The prison-industrial complex has transformed our criminal justice system since the 1970’s. Fewer than five percent of criminal cases go to trial, so many prisoners may be innocent.
What can you do?
Just be good to people you meet, and avoid tribalism. That’s about all you can do.
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than “Try to be a little kinder”.
— Aldous Huxley
Just as a white man has different skin color from a black man, so it is quite possible that he also has a somewhat different mind. But given what we know of evolution, it is not very likely. The evolutionary pressures that have shaped the human mind—principally competitive relations with kin members, tribal allies, and sexual partners—are and have been the same for white and black men and were at work before the ancestors of whites left Africa 100,000 years ago. While skin color is affected by things such as climate, which differs markedly between Africa and northern Europe, the shape of the mind is affected only very marginally by nonhuman problems such as what kind of game to hunt or how to keep warm or cool. Infinitely more important is how to deal with fellow human beings, and that is the same problem everywhere.
— Matt Ridley, The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Hey, Dan, what’s your race?
Most non-white Americans have been abused (e.g. slavery, relocation, deportation, internment), so Americans are conditioned by decades or centuries of propaganda to label and mistreat them. Race is a product of violence, a contrived excuse for theft and murder.
But Indian-Americans have never been subject to a hate campaign by the American government, and I feel accepted for who I am. I love America, and there’s little I wouldn’t do for my country.
I want more! Anything else I should read?
- “Nearly Half of Black Males, 40% of White Males Arrested by Age 23” by Ray Paternoster
- “Latinos and Skin Color” by Luis Noe-Bustamente
- “The Forgotten History of the Purging of the Chinese from America” by Michael Luo
- “How Profits From Opium Shaped 19th-Century Boston” by Martha Bebinger
- “Surviving the Endless Waves” by Judy Kwon
- “Racist Love” by Frank Chin
- “My Own Private India” by Joel Stein
- “The Racial Self-Identification of South Asians in the United States” by Ann Morning
- “A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination” by Marianne Bertrand
- “Millennials Are Just About as Racist as Their Parents” by Scott Clement
- “The ‘Becoming White’ Thesis Revisited” by Philip Yang
- “Implicit Association Test - Race” by Project Implicit
Thank you for reading!