[SPORK] US vs. China, who's more oppressive?
jbone at deepfile.com
Wed Apr 30 16:07:54 PDT 2003
Since we're (tangentially) talking about internal mega-badness, I'll
resurrect a post from earlier this month...
(Oh what a twisty Web we weave, when first we practice to... make the
FoRK archive self-referentially authoritative. ;-)
The US Criminal Justice System Must be Reformed.
America now has in excess of two million of its own citizens in jail,
from a population of 286 million (0.7 %). For comparison China ,which
most would consider to be an authoritarian police state, has a prison
population of 1.4 million from a population of about 1.3 billion
(0.1%). This is the largest proportion of any country in the world.
Twelve percent of all black American males between the ages of 20 and
30 are presently in jail. A black person who killed a white person is
40 times more likely than a white person who killed a black person to
be sentenced to the death penalty. The changes I suggest probably go
against popular opinion in the USA, but popular opinion and moral
hypocrisy are largely responsible for the problems of the present
When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot
or a right boot is of no consequence.
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