Freedom for all of the adult population has been a long time coming. I am very pleased to learn that we have made some tangible and invisible progress. I think this is all good. Even so, we have a long way to go – or so it seems to me. That includes:
Our real problem is that incarceration is legal slavery in the USA. There are numerous corporations dependent upon the slave labor of those in penitentiaries. This makes the incarceration of people – in some locations, young black men, in other locations women of all races, in other cases men in general who earn below a certian threshold or something….victims of targeted ‘re-enslavement’ without admitting that that’s what it really is. Personally, I strongly agree that being a minority does not give people the right to engage in criminal activity – but I equally strongly agree that it is necessary to nurture a just state where equality of opportunity helps to prevent the rationalization of crime – esp. amongst the poor on the oppression of other members of the same society [especially when that is the real reason].
I am against slavery. I do believe that reform for criminal behavior is a legitimate social enterprise.