The 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver Colorado was meant to be a turning point. Historically for the first time a black skinned Afro-America had incredibly made it to the Leadership of the Democratic Party of the United States. Something no other black person had ever done in Americas long political history. Indeed for the best part of its early History black African American's were considered slaves, and were treated as such. So we move on to 2008; Edward Kennedy led the endorsement of Barack Obama over the highly tipped former First Lady Hilary Clinton(now Secretary of State). Denver gave everyone that attended hope that for the very first time the rights of African Americans would be truly represented at the very top of the political food chain, for the very first time. Tears rolled down the face of all in the crowd. High profile American celebrity Oprah Winfrey could not hold back her tears as an era of new hope was born in those balmy September Days. There were big promises that we would get out of Iraq, that Guantanamo Bay would be shut down within twelve months. Indeed that easy promise led to be the very first pledge that Obama was meant to honour in entered in the Oval Office. Now two's years on what do we have. Well for me we have disappointment at the every so slow progress. Sure these things take time! Sure closing Guantanamo Bay is difficult. But I for one want to know why. I for one would liketo see not only the closure of the Infamous Guantanamo Bay Detention Military Facility but reform of the whole god dam prison system in America. Many of you know i have been writing articles for year on Guantanamo Bay on this very Newsvine page.
So here I here you cries Why? Why you ask? Well lets take this step by step. Right now there are record numbers of Americans languishing in American Prisons. I should add many of these prisons are privatised. So many have become a profit making industry in themselves. Corporations such as Wackenhut are at the top of the tree when it comes to making huge profits from incarcerating American prisoners. Profit is the motive not the rehabilitation of prisoners. Sure you can go the respective web sites and see the appealing mission statements. But you and I know the fact that these are merely paying lip service to the millions if not billions of dollars that are funnelled into them.
Now let us get onto a further issue. We not only have a black President in Barrack Obama but we also have a black Attorney General in Eric Holder. Now tell me if I am wrong have these guys made any progress at all on the issue of the disproportionate number of Black Americans being held in American detention facilities? If you say yes I for one would like to know a single example of it. Why? Because my research shows none. Zilch. Now look I can forgive the fact that Guantanamo Bay is a difficult political proposition there are prisoners in there and the only reason they are being held essentially is that they are Stateless. Nothing more nothing less. They cannot be deported back to another country because no one wants to accept them. All have been left rotting away whilst the United States endeavours to find a single dam thing to pin on them, sure there have been a couple of prosecutions. But there are hundreds of men being detained there without charge and were now into what the eighth or ninth year or incarceration in what Amnesty International and the Red Cross have labelled Concentration Camps.
I could go on further in the disproportionate number of African American languishing in Mainland Prisons that would take many more hundreds of words and i am sure by now you have read enoughfor now. Enough to say this Afro American continue to be overly-represented in American Gaols including death row. Don't you think is is high time that in 2010; Both a Black President and Attorney-General address this serious social issue. That's all...