In the 1998 Angela Davis essay Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex she writes that the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest U.S. private prison company, identified California and women as their “new frontier”. This the result of prison privatization and private capital enmeshed purely for financial gain, white washed by trading on Wall Street, a growth industry for the wealthy elites. Davis details how profit by punishment is disturbingly built on racist ideologies & structures. She tells us about “The Color of Imprisonment - 70 percent of the imprisoned population are people of color, the fastest growing group of prisoners are black women and that Native American prisoners are the largest group per capita.” That was in 1998.
The Sentencing Project reflects the targeted female prey of our corporate & US government with these numbers:
The number of women in prison increased by 646% between 1980 and 2010, rising from 15,118 to 112,797
Including women in local jails, more than 205,000 women are now incarcerated.
The number of women in prison increased at nearly 1.5 times the rate of men (646% versus 419%).
In 2010, black women were incarcerated at nearly 3 times the rate of white women (133 versus 47 per 100,000). Hispanic women were incarcerated at 1.6 times the rate of white women (77 versus 47 per 100,000).
More than one million women are behind bars or under the control of the criminal justice system, making women the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985.
With “our” white males leading the corporate way, we see the incarceration of Black women as just another deceitful debasement of the sacred masculine energy by imposing their male privilege in order to subordinate women, especially Women of Color – simply for their greedy grubby bank accounts.
The women who end up in the nightmare of “our” prisons are then additionally victimized by “our” male captors through frequent sexual abuse. This then is extended out in to “our” culture and we have not come very far from the days when white plantation owners sexually used their female slaves. Essentially now institutionalized and why we saw a in June a white male police officer threw a Black teen age girl down to the ground in a vociferous effort to push her face in to the ground while he grappled & groped her bikinied body.
This then brings the the vile and deadly sexist and racist attitude of the male officers who murdered Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Tanisha Anderson (Cleveland), 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones (Detroit), Yvette Smith (Bastrop, Texas), Miriam Carey, Shantel Davis, Shereese Francis (New York City) Tarika Wilson (Lima, Ohio) 92 year old Kathryn Johnston(Atlanta), Alberta Spruill (New York City) Kendra James (Portland), Alesia Thomas (Los Angeles) Malissa Williams (Cleveland), Darnisha Harris (Breaux Bridge, Louisiana), Shelly Frey (Houston), Miriam Carey (Washington, D.C.), Yvette Smith (Bastrop, Texas).
What does it take to make White Americans wake up to how uncivilized and inhumane we really are?
When are we going to stop "our" atrocities of mayhem and bloody lust here on the soils of the United States of America?