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Tyrants and Despots in Haiti dressed-up by the Internationals (Neocolonialists) as peacemakers and police "cleansing" Haiti of "bandits, Ezili Danto, HLLN Haitian Perspectives, Jan. 2007

Children's prison reflects Haiti's woes

Haitian Nights, Again: Haiti's
Children Suffer More under the Bushes' policies and Colonial Regime changes by Ezili Dantò


Blowing Away the stereotypes: Site
School and student wins top 2006 academic honors in Haiti: Jean Claude Bien Aime, Laureate of Laureates in the 2006 national exams

Massacre in Haiti by Jafrikayiti
(Jean St. Vil)

Martin Luther King and the Man on the Road to Cite Soleil : The cry is always the same "we want to be free" by Jafrikayiti (Jean St. Vil)

HLLN media campaign and campaign denouncing UN occupation and slaughter of Site Soley civilians, dissenters and UN complicity in the wholesale incarceration of only political opponents to the bicentennial coup detat and foreign occupation under the usual neocolonial masks of "policing/peacekeeping" and "securing democracy"

Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 1 and Part 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007
Cops: America's #1 employment agency goes headhunting
Record 7 million Americans in Justice System

Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!





Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress
Ezili Dantò's Response to Stu
At least 10 people died and 20 were wounded Friday in a Un peace-keeping operation in Haiti's capita, Port-au-Prnce, a UN official said

"They came here to terrorise the population," said Rose Martel, a slum
dweller, referring to the police and UN troops. "I don't think they really killed the bandits, unless they consider all of us as bandits."
(regarding UN assault on Dec. 22, 2006 on Site Soley residents)- Reuters















Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin

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The UN Security Council sent UN troops to Haiti to support a coup d'etat against Haiti's duly elected government and President Aristide

"...These poor people are being punished because they have the audacity to hold a huge MIRROR to the face of hypocrites who come to lecture them about democracy with machine guns in their hands....It is a KNOWN FACT that the POLICE IS A CORNESTONE OF THE KIDNAPPING INDUSTRY." Jean (Jafrikayiti) St. Vil speaking out on the December 22nd Massacre in Site Soley, Dec. 30, 2006

Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin


Tyrants and Despots in Haiti dressed-up by the Internationals (Neocolonialists) as peacemakers and police cleansing Haiti of "bandits
": The UN Security Council sent UN troops to Haiti to support a coup d'etat against Haiti's duly elected government and President Aristide by
Ezili Dantò, HLLN Haitian Perspectives, Jan. 2007

"They came here to terrorise the population," said Rose Martel, a (slum dweller) Site Soley resident, referring to the police and UN troops. "I don't think they really killed the bandits, unless they consider all of us as bandits." (regarding UN assault on Dec. 22, 2006 on Site Soley residents)- Reuters

Double standards, racism and imperialism: Haiti, only place in the world where the main job of soldiers of war from the UN is to "police" local, city criminals to get their paycheck and endless UN extensions of that war check. When will it be acceptable to pay these "proud, UN warriors" killing Haitians over $70 million per month, as in Haiti, to come rid LA, NY, Paris, London, Italy, Germany of its local city gangs?

"...In today's world where everyone is being called to globalise or else in the wake of a system which has relentlessly modernised itself since the days of industrialised Atlantic slavery, should we not be proud to have amongst us people who are saying no to such a call? In these times of addiction to wealth seeking, is it not admirable to have people, known and unknown, who are refusing to be seduced by the promises of a system, the annihilating capacity of which, physical and spiritual, has reached incomensurable proportions?.." Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin

With the 2004 bicentennial coup d'etat, the Western powers led by Bush-the-son, have re-established their dominance in Haiti. They have restructure the Haitian police with (more than 800 of) the former bloody Haitian officers, emptied the jails of criminals and put uniforms on them and called them "police."

This foreign-implanted Haitian cadre of "police," along with their UN guns, have created more chaos, more instability, more violence and committed more massacres against Haitian citizens than Haiti has seen since (Bush-the- father's) Cedras coup d'etat from 1991 to 1994. No! Since the first US Marine occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). This so-called "new” police and their paramilitary auziliaries such as Lame Timanchet, are responsible, since February 2004 for slaughtering peaceful demonstrators, shooting children, pregnant women, by-standers, journalists, and poor Haitians resisting the reoccupation, remilitarization of Haiti - young and old- and forms the cornerstone for the kidnapping reign of terror, that gives the UN and the neocolonials-internationals (Canada, US, France, Vatican) a pretext to maintain their Kosovo-like "protectorate" or endless "peacemaking" in Haiti. (See the Ottawa Initiative - on the International's plan for genocide in Haiti. At this meetings foreign ministers indicated Haiti's population would be over 20 million in 2019 and that was a "time bomb" ( white supremacy could, perhaps, not afford? Therefore had) to "defuse immediately.")

The UN and Internationals, with the complicity of the embedded mainstream media, are selling themselves to the world as "peacemakers" and "humanitarians" in Haiti. Yet, Haiti before their arrival was a more secure place for Haitians in general. The statistics don't lie.

In 2004, before the coup d’etat, when Haiti was free of foreign troops and tutelage, Haiti had roughly 3,000 appointed policemen, half of whom didn't have proper equipment or side arms to do their job because of the US's embargoes (arms and humanitarian aid) against Haiti's peoples and their elected government, which government these Internationals where trying to topple. Yet and still, even with roughly 3,000 police officers for the entire nation, the crime rate in Haiti was relatively small.

Today, almost 3 years after the Internationals took over Haiti by kidnapping its President, imposing Bush regime change with the Boca Raton regime from Florida, and the continuing coup-d’etat-power-grab under Preval, Haiti is more corrupt than ever. Foreign aid to the Boca Raton regime of over $965 million has gone missing and unaccounted for. Virtually no basic services were working in Haiti during the Boca Raton regime's two year tenure; literacy center, health clinics and most schools for the poor stayed closed. And, over $70 million to the still-in-place-under-Preval-Foreign-Ministry has also gone unaccounted for. In fact, Haiti in 2005 under the Neocon’s-Latortue regime was ranked as the most corrupt country in the World by Transparency International (TI), followed by Burma and Iraq.

Yet, Haiti now has been thoroughly militarized, with over 9,000 foreign soldiers on its soil, most of its former policemen were murdered during the foreign-sponsored and orchestrated Bicentennial coup d'etat in 2004, (3,000) criminals were let out of prison. Today, the national Penitentiary which has a capacity for only 800 prisoners, has over 2,000 prisoners, most of which have been in prison for over two years without formal charges or trial. Yet the criminals that were convicted before the coup d’etat and let out of prison by the foreign-agents in Haiti, these criminals and the former Haitian military (also granted ten years back pay by the Florida regime) are reincorporated in the current so-called Haitian "police" - which is the former US-supported bloody Haitian army in "police" mask, retrained by the UN/Canada/France/US to look after the neocolonial interests of these foreigners in Haiti. (See, Expose the Lies and Children's prison reflects Haiti's woes and Haitian Nights, Again: Haiti's Children Suffer More under the Bushes' policies and Colonial Regime changes.)

The US protested a tabulation error in the 2000 Legislative elections that made no difference as to the election outcomes and actually brought down the elected government of President Aristide for this so-called "corruption."

Yet, said US government itself, presided over Haiti for two years with its proxy Florida regime, and that Boca Raton regime is only known to Haitians for: its rank unconstitutionality; for promoting electoral fraud, actually burning ballots and dumping them in the garbage; for saddling Haiti with gross debts; signing off Haiti's sovereignty to the UN, World Bank and the IFIs; for illegally and amorally paying off the bloody Haitian military and those that brought it to power with ten years back pay for their "time off" when Haiti had duly elected authorities; for giving three years tax break to the richest; for cutting the minimum wage by almost half; for virtually enslaving the Haitian worker; and, in general, for making the lives of the poor majority in Haiti much more miserable and intolerable with massive imprisonments of political opponents, bloody massacres of demonstrators and other civilians, gross embezzlement, rape, pillage, blatant oppression and incompetence.

Haiti's majority want their freedom back and foreigners off their backs and a respect for Haitian right to govern themselves without the former slaveowners and colonizers reoccupying Haiti through a UN proxy and through the remobilized, disreputable Haitian military- now in the internationally-formed mask of “do-gooder police." The lies being extended about what is happening in Haiti today while tyrants dress up as “peacekeepers” and “police” are similar to the way, before the 2004 coup d’etat, the old Duvalierists where re-imaged with Group 184 as "civil society" by the Internationals in order to help give a trumped-up "legitimate" Haitian face and "broad base" approval to the foreign orchestrated and financed bicentennial coup d'etat. These lies must be exposed and the Internationals, UN and new mobilized Haitian death squads operating as "Haitian police" brought to light and justice. To that end, demands for an investigation of the UN slaughters in Haiti, of the fleecing of Haitian assets during the illegal tenure of the Florida regime and Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s bill H.R. 351, which is bill that proposes to establish the Independent Commission on the 2004 Coup D'Etat in the Republic of Haiti, should be supported.

In 2004 the corporate media’s half-truths, lies and propaganda about Haiti fostered the environment that made acceptable little official outrage over the ouster of Haiti’s Constitutional government. This embedded media had propped-up the fake group "184 civil society" in Haiti, as legitimate when they were no more than the same reactionary, Duvalierists, morally repugnant Haitian elites exploiting Haiti’s masses since the assassination of Haiti’s founding father.

These same elites, the so-called "ruling class" that have no class and have never been able to rule Haiti are again in power in Haiti as the black overseers for the foreign feudal lords in the US, France and Canada. (See, The legacy of impunity of one sector-Who Killed Dessalines? Petion/Gerin- the Insurgent Generals - under Petion and Boyer's long rule (37yrs), the name Dessalines was not allowed to be spoken
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/kangamundele.html#impunity and
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/dessalines.html )

This Group 184/'private sector'/civil society where fake civil society fronts with no large popular support because even with the 2004 coup d'etat, with all their political opponents in exile, dead, in hiding or in prison, even with all the odds on their side, and all the electronic advantages in their realm and the UN forces helping to “pacify” their opponents, they (Manigat/Baker) simply could not garner more than 8% to 12% of the Haitian vote in the Feb. 7, 2007 election, that brought back to power, President Rene Preval as a means to show support for the return of President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

Today with 9,000 UN troops in Haiti and 6,000-plus* fully-armed Haitians as “police,” (most high ranking Haitian officers are remobilized soldiers) - Haiti has the GREATEST crime and official violence rate its ever recorded in its whole 200-years HISTORY. And more daily massacres than its seen since the first bloody US military occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). The current “peacekeepers,” just like those US Marines of old from the first occupation "to secure democracy in Haiti," keep conducting “operations” to apprehend "bandits" and “criminals,” they say. That these "operations" are primarily to silence, simply execute, Haitian resisters to the foreign occupation is not to be uttered. (See the Lancet Report, Harvard Law School report on the UN in Haiti and The Small Arms Survey at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, which survey outlines how the rich minority, not the poor majority calling for the return of President Aristide ("bandits") own most of the weapons and small arms in Haiti. Most private gun ownership is concentrated in the hands of Haiti's wealthy bourgeoisie, and the University of Miami School of Law study.)

Yet, it's a known fact that in Haiti today the kidnapping networks are run by the very UN-coddled and protected, and Canadian-trained Haitian "police" and their death squad vigilante militias and paramilitaries. With Lame Timanchet, which is nothing less but the newly-formed-by-foreigners'-FRAPH paramilitary running freely; with Guy Phillip, a known saboteur, assassin, and even a DEA accused drug-trafficker roaming Haiti and bold enough to even run for President of Haiti under the Florida regime's reign; with Louis Jodel Chamblain and Jean Tatoune at large, and high ranking Haitian military in power positions, it is no surprise that the wishes of the people of Haiti are effectively countered and the UN uses the corruption it has strummed in Haiti as a reason to stay in Haiti "perpetually" to "secure" things and continue putting a target on Haitian resisters backs as “bandits,” “kidnappers” and even as “terrorists” and “human traffickers.” All, in the effort to discredit Haitians, to minimize Haiti’s historic feats against the white settlers, enslavers and colonists, to continue to isolate Haiti’s peoples in order to fleece the country of its unexploited resources (natural gas, coltran, iridium, gold mines, underwater treasures), while undermining the Haitian peoples’ ability to govern themselves and painting themselves and rewriting history, and reinforcing their own myths as the “do-gooders” and “civilized” and democratic white saviors.....

To Haitians, this horrific international crime going on against a defenseless Haitian population, the most hated and feared folks in the Caribbean, seems easily covered up and discounted. So-called “decent folks” simply turn away from the depravity of the Internationals hidden behind their empty humanistic talk.

Meanwhile, Haitians are facing and experiencing extermination, humiliation, daily UN terror, rapes and police terror, in addition to the brutality of a sleuth of opportunistic common criminals embolden by the chaos, and for some, the harsh economic depravities, who are presented with the ever-useful and readily accepted fall-guy to blame - the "Lavalas" and/or "gangs in Site Soley" scapegoats.

If the Ottawa Initiative is to be taken seriously, Haiti’s population, that is, Haiti’s BLACK population must not be allowed to grow, according to the Ottowa Initiative's white supremacists ideologies and as reiterated by Canada's FOCAL group report, and UN consultant and US State Departnment prodigy, Johanna Mendelson who takes every opportunity and public conference to stress how Haiti is "a menace to its neighbors." (See also, Coincidence or Intentional? - Is there an International plan to depopulate and exterminate a large portion of Haiti's population?)

Thus, it is no surprise that no strenuous objections are heard from these Internationals as their foreign-sponsored UN troops rape Haitian girls and women on a daily basis, to help perhaps, create a new class of Haitians? A more “lightened” and “white” Haitian majority? A culturally confused Haitian, in the manner of the Sudan rape campaigns by the enslaving Arabs? (See, 'We Want to Make a Light Baby'- Arab Militiamen in Sudan Said to Use Rape as Weapon of Ethnic Cleansing; Sudan: Rape as a Military Weapon By Eric Reeves,)

Perhaps this apparent international project in Haiti, this diabolical "Black" cleansing project in Haiti, as expressed by the Ottowa Initiative and as so-far experienced by Haitians since the 2004 coup d'etat and the occupation of Haiti, could garner the successes Argentina had in "whitening" Argentina by deliberately getting rid of 30% of its Black population more than a hundred years ago.....

- Stop the genocide in Haiti
Sign Petition demanding UN leave Haiti

- See Expose the lies

- The Legacy of Impunity
(The Neocolonialist inciting political instability is the problem. Haiti is
underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared to other nations)

"Political security is Haiti biggest problem. It is this political instability that is primarily responsible for the legacy of impunity, endemic poverty and violence in Haiti. This political instability is due to what HLLN calls neocolonialism - the diplomatic, military and economic efforts of the former colonists and enslavers, who with their black opportunists in Haiti, work feverishly to limit Haitian independence and sovereignty, binding Haiti to endless foreign debt, dependency and domination....

- Write your Congressional representatives ask they Support Congresswoman Barbara Lee's H.R. 351: To establish the Independent Commission on the 2004 Coup d'Etat in the Republic of Haiti


*Revised from "over 4, 500"-member police to 6,000-plus) on Feb. 2, 2007 (See, US. Haiti join to fight gang violence by Pablo Bachelet; some reports put the figure at 7,000)

Haitian Nights, Again: Haiti's Children Suffer more under the Bushes' policies and Colonial Regime Changes
by Ezili Dantò (See, Haitian Nights, the performance poetry piece)

In 1991 Bush-the-father sponsored a coup d'etat against Haiti's elected government and more than 7,000 Haitians were slaughtered by Cedras' army and Toto Constant's FRAPH. Back then I wrote Haitian Nights, the performance poetry piece.

In an encore performance, Bush-the-son sponsored a second coup d'etat on February 29, 2004 against President Aristide to complete his father's unscrupulous initiative, masterfully trading on racist fears and the image of the US being utterly uninterested in resourceless Haiti. By heavily trading on its "integrity card" and skillfully edited half-truths the US sold the gullible but well-programmed American public on cruel lies about a Black country - that is, President Aristide's "lost popular support" because he was a bad and vastly "corrupt" leader whose wilful neglect of the plight of the Haitian poor led to a "popular uprising that ousted Aristide." Such lies were par for the course for a U.S. government that had also sold the public on the Iraq war with the "weapons-of-mass-destruction" big lie.

The 2004 coup detat in Haiti was preceded by a media coup d'etat which portrayed the foreign-supported, McCain/IRI-created-Haitian-oppositon, as a legitimate and broad-based "civil society" and not just the same-old-same authotarian Duvalierist/macoute/bourgeois despotic forces (acting as agent for the neocolonialists) that the Haitian majority have been struggling to overcome since 1806 and by other skillfully edited half-truths the public were fed ad nauseam in mainstream newspapers. For instance, the corporate media would "mistake" the 2000 trumped up charges of a "contested" parliamentary elections with the 2000 uncontested Presidential election of Aristide and switch them, so that magically Aristide's 2000 elections was reported by many, including the powerful New York Times as "flawed" and "contested." The retractions for the "errors" where never as prominently displayed as the lies. ( http://www.haitiaction.net/News/NYT.html ; and The Washington Chimères Reloaded by Ezili Dantò. )

In essence, newspapers like the New York Times distorted reality, emboldened Haiti's undemocratic forces at defining moments, encouraging coup d'etat thugs and kidnappers, and decisively pushed the Bush-State-department-narrative-on-Haiti by labeling, for instance, the millions President Aristide addressed during the January 1, 2004 bi-centennial as a "small crowd." ( http://www.haitiaction.net/News/NYT.html.) And when, for instance, the New York Times finally wrote on an angle outside of the Neocon-narrative, it simply put all the blame for the 2004 coup d'etat on Haitian overseer, Stanley Lucas' providing "mixed signals" and completely ignored his US bosses including Ambassador Foley, Senator John Mc Cain, Timothy M. Carney, IFEs, USAID and the Haiti Democracy Projects' other powerful Republican benefactors. (See, Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos By WALT BOGDANICH and JENNY NORDBERG, New York Times, January 29, 2006).

Back in January, 2005 when "Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos" made the New York Times front page, I wrote, for HLLN that:
"The New York Times article is a start, it at least gives a launching point for more interest in the US corrupting role in Haiti amongst the general world population who customarily take Times coverage as gospel. However, it is also very misleading, even racists, in that it merely scapegoats a Haitian, (Stanley Lucas) working for the State Department, and not the Bush State Department itself or even IRI chairperson, as the primary culprit to undermining Haiti's democracy with Bush regime change. This Haitian-on-Haitian violence line is still used to keep the truth at bay and make non-blacks, like Dean Curran, heroes. (See New York Times should apologize to Haitians for untruths By Ezili Dantò, and New York Times editorial "No help for Democracy" falls short by Ezili Dantò )

Thus, from 2004 through to today, the brutal Western-sponsored Haitian nightmare continues, goes virtually un-reported. The world doesn't seem to want to know that under Bush-the-son's Haiti-regime-change, starting with Gerard Latortue's Boca Raton government held up with UN occupation forces and the embedded corporate media's indifference and outright support, Haiti has been turned into a (penal) colony for Haitian children, for Haiti's people.

In fact, Duvalier's bloody Fort Dimanche dungeon-of-death are back in business with a children's prison in Haiti for the first time in Haitian history. Raoul Cedras, Toto Constant, Guy Phillip, the Duvaliers and Gerald Latortue, all were thugs and assassins financed and held up and kept in power in Haiti, over the protest of the majority of Haitians, by the Western powers led by the US. This pattern continues today as Andre Apaid's brother was given charge of the electoral machines presumably for the Apaid family's successful role in giving a plausible "Haitian-facade" to Bush regime change in Haiti. Most of the unelected officials, foreign collaborators and traitorous mindsets who were put in place by the US-imposed Boca Raton regime in 2004, including its foreign ministry, are still in place today, either through Apaid-run parliamentary, municipal and local "elections," or, are still holdovers without Constitutional confirmation under the Preval/Alexi government. The Haitian Constitution requires the President to submit his slate of ambassadorships and diplomats for parliamentary hearings and confirmation of diplomatic post. But in view of the great efforts it took for the people of Haiti to force the coup d'etat forces to declare Preval the rightful winner of the 2006 Presidential elections, it is no wonder folks in the know say that the Preval/Alexi government remains mum on much that touches on the will of the majority of Haitians for fear of inciting the wrath of Empire, and being labeled "pro-Lavalas," that is, pro-Haitian-people, instead-of, "pro-private-sector!"

Nothing is as frightening as the night facing Haiti's children under this current foreign occupation. When the US marines where in Haiti back in 1915-34, they practically brought back slavery with the corvee. Today, under the UN, Duvalier's infamous Fort Dimanche prison, the "dungeon of death," is back in business. (See, " Forgive - Do not Forget Fort-Dimanche: Dungeon of Death by fordi9.com - http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/fortdimanche.html ). Haitians estimate that over 14,000 innocent Haitians have been slaughtered since the 2004 Bush regime change. There are over 3,000 political prisoners currently incarcerated in Haitian jails while Haiti is under UN tutelage and the US/France/Canada are heralding to one and all how Haiti is now much better off than under the "tyrant" Aristide.

There's so much to say, I never know where to begin. No words I can write suffices. How can one explain how devastating it is to know that little 6-year olds, little 8-year old Black Haitian boys are not free but are "State property" again, and on Dessalines' land! I don't know what to say.

So I copy below "Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress" written in 2002 and dedicate it to the young Haitian boys warehoused in Fort Dimanche right this minutes, in UN-occupied Haiti, some for over two years and not much older than 6-years old. (See, "Children's prison reflects Haiti's woes", "Haiti's Lost Boys," Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 1 and Part 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007, Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony: Criminalization of Haiti's Children,
Record 7 million Americans in Justice System; Cops: America's #1 employment agency goes headhunting, and Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin.)

In its entire 200-year history, Haiti never had a child prison until Bush-the-Lesser's 2004 regime change. And, not satisfied with the US's centuries of death and containment-in-poverty policies, fatigued at the constant rebellion against their brutal tyranny, now the white domination attempts to silence the men of Haiti by warehousing them early, at practically infancy, criminalizing poverty, so that when the predator mindset is firmly inculcated in these boys of Haiti, then who will object to containing such lifelong criminals behind bars? "Bandits," and "terrorists" may "morally" be indefinitely detained in prisons and/or summarily executed, exterminated by the UN-"law-and-order"-forces or the Haitian faces of neocolonialism. I mean everyone is against crime, right?

What's critical to recall and tell to all is that Haiti did not have a prison-for-profit culture, nor a kidnapping-for-profit epidemic combined with a system of indefinite detention without a hearing or trial, until the US/Canada/France brought it to Haiti from 2004 to now. (See, Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 2 of 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007 ;
"...From 1995 to 2003, inmates in (U.S.) federal prison for drug offenses have accounted for 49 percent of total prison population growth..." Record 7 million Americans in Justice System )

The game is old. And Haitians are not neophytes at it. The schemes and the perfidy of tyrants, despots and sadists, who dress themselves up as "peacemakers," "abolitionists" or "humanitarians" are as old to us as the Triangular trade they kept up.

Back in 2002 when "Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow sunday Dress" was written, it struck a deep chord and Haitians throughout the Diaspora and in Haiti wrote to thank Ezili Dantò and to say how well it reflected their general sentiments.

Nothing is as frightening as the fury of US empire builders intent on corralling all the world's wealth, resources and power and blaming their victims as the "thugs," "bandits," "terrorists," "criminals," and sociopaths that they themselves have no peer at emulating or in originating.

The thing is, it's all been written and said (See also the references below). Yet the world refuses to change for the better. Officialdom has convinced the public that their projected fears are real. That the victims of Empires' brutality are the real sociopaths not the three-piece-suited neocolonialists and their agents. Not many want to rise above these lies because it's not comfortable living outside the box and having to face the unremitting wrath and inhumanity of Empire.

The truth is harsh and uncomfortable. Not many want to understand or even imagine why the immensely privileged - the richest country in the world - would attack, wage total clandestine war on one of the poorest countries in the world. It is well nigh impossible to rationalized how the world superpowers could be so calculatingly cruel, so unbearably malevolent, so revoltingly spiteful as to carry forth two coup d'etats against the first popularly and democratically elected Haitian President of impoverished Haiti. I mean the US is rich, virtuous, genuine and honorable, right? Not cold-bloodedly conniving, arbitrary, manipulative and vengeful, right? That is what all "educated folks" know, are told by our good schools, right?

I've been trying to locate this quote from CLR James where he says the systemic and horrid cruelties of the privilege far, far surpass those brief moments of rage of their victims. (The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James). The point though is fairly indisputable in the history of Haiti/US-Euro relations.

The US-Euro governments and neocolonial powers have dished out unremitting terror and inhumanity throughout the globe in their quest for geopolitical and economic domination. To that end,
poverty has been criminalized, the addict victims of the drug trade criminalized and, in the US alone, a record 7 million people are in the justice system-- one in every 32 American adults -- were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of 2006, according to the Justice Department. From 1995 to 2003, inmates in (U.S.) federal prison for drug offenses have accounted for 49 percent of total prison population growth." (See, Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 2 of 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007; Record 7 million Americans in Justice System) . The US' "war on drugs" is more aptly described as the war against young Black U.S. males.

The Bushes', father and son, have helped turn Haiti back into a (penal) colony with two coup d'etats against President Aristide and a Kosovo-like UN protectorate or endless "peacekeeping." (See, Larry Rosin, Head of UN Kosovo Protectorate Moves to Haiti - Veye Yo by Ezili Dantò). The US has done as it does to Black folks in the US: criminalized Haiti's children and incarcerated dissent by criminalizing the dissenters and victims of Imperialism's neoliberal death-and-destruction economic policies. So the people of Site Soley suffer, die mercilessly. Haiti's small children suffer, are now placed in dank prisons early to feed the prison-culture the Westerners want to inculcate into Haiti in order to keep Haiti contained-in-poverty while giving US "reform" contractors another easy permanent income stream, just as the prison-culture in the US provides for corporate America and bankrupt white towns in U.S. hinterlands.

There's no mainstream journalistic "exposè" centering on the U.S. governments' crime-against-humanity being perpetrated in Haiti, its peoples. None. So I write, from this Haitian body and soul, to witness and engraft their despotism even though it's almost intolerable to have to continually dissect how the Haitian people are evidently deemed, by these-powers-that-be, as worthless and disposable; how we are the most hated of peoples in the Western Hemisphere because of Dessalines' revolutionary legacy, because we won't quietly allow for our re-enslavement and re-colonization.

Still, for Haitians, there's nothing to do but live free or die. So we fight on, from one generation to the other, leaving behind a legacy that will someday- when the history of humankind is duly recorded - outshine the repulsive legacies being written today in action and inaction by the New York Times' "journalists", the Bushes' "humanitarian" crusaders and their ilk.

Pointing out the manipulative, blood curdling death-policies of the U.S. government in Haiti, the disinformation of its mainstream media or the dependency policies of both the Left and Right-angled and self-described "humanitarian" foreigners involved in Haiti, is not too clever or healthy since it opens one up to the stresses, alienations and dangers of being labeled "anti-American" or worst, "anti-white." I touch on part of this in the last sentences of Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress when I wrote: "...Be smarter than me. Don't let them see. Smile. Be who you are without wanting to set them to the fires they lay you in, eternally. Don't hit your head against Satan's iron will little Haitian girl. Let me."

In the world we inhabit, CNN reporters, US ambassadors and their cuddled Black overseers herald known thugs, assassins and human rights abusers in Haiti as "freedom fighters" - remember how Wolf Blitzer characterized Guy Philippe on TV as he was murdering innocent Haitians in 2004, or how Latortue and Ambassador Foley called the coup detat commandos "freedom fighters." That's just simply the way of the US drones who are merely doing what's necessary to keep their jobs. Ours, is to make a way out of no way and set our little children, our people free.

(To read a sample of some of the reactions to Ezili Dantò's "Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow sunday Dress" and Ezili Dantò's "Response to Stu", click on: http://winterludes.net/talk/139.html.

The "Response to Stu" from WindowsonHaiti Readers reactions to the Poem is also copied below.)

Marguerite 'Ezili Dantò' Laurent
Chair and Founder, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN)
March, 2007

Reference Notes:
Haitian Nights, the performance poetry piece

Turning Haiti into a (Penal) Colony:
Criminalization of Haiti's Children

The systemic criminalization of black males in Haiti by the Haiti's
US-imposed Miami government parallels U.S. habits

Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 2 of 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007

"...From 1995 to 2003, inmates in (U.S.) federal prison for drug offenses have accounted for 49 percent of total prison population growth..." Record 7 million Americans in Justice System

Cops: America's #1 employment agency goes headhunting By Jane Stillwater http://blogspot.com

Tyrants and Despots in Haiti dressed-up by the Internationals (Neocolonialists) as peacemakers and police cleansing Haiti of "terrorists" and "bandits": The UN Security Council sent UN troops to Haiti to support a coup d'etat against Haiti's duly elected government| http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/despots.html#despots

Children's prison reflects Haiti's woes
By Manuel Roig-Franzia | The Washington Post, March 8, 2007

The Crucifixion of Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme by U.N. Troops: A historical
by Marguerite Laurent| Haitian perspective | April 21, 2005

The Legacy of Impunity: The Neoconlonialist inciting political instability is
the problem. Haiti is underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared
to other nations
by Marguerite Laurent, Haitian Perspectives, October 30, 2006

Expose The Lies
Of The International Community About Haiti, its People and
Resources. Demand The International Coup Detat Countries (France/US/Canada) and enforcers (UN/OAS) not President Rene Preval, Set all the political prisoners free, end the UN military occupation, began a Humanitarian and true civil exchange with Haiti; And Return Stolen Haitian Assets


Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!

Join HLLN's Free Haiti Movement. Plan on sponsoring a May 18, Aug. 14,
July 6 and/or Oct 17th Haiti event in 2007

Ezili Dantò's comments on the Peter Hallward's interviews of Ben Dupuy and
President Aristide


Answers to media questions about Haiti by Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Chair, The Haitian Lawyers Leadership, March 2, 2004

Shocking Lancet Study: 8,000 Murders, 35,000 Rapes and Sexual Assaults in Haiti During U.S.-Backed Coup Regime After Aristide Ouster


We Will Fight From One Generation to the Next: Remembering Genevieve 'Kòkòt' Laguerre, her living legacy, Remembering a proud Haitian Continuum | Sept. 9, 2006

Haitians must look outwards together!
Define the current pressing issues of Haiti for ourselves

by Ezili Danto

Open Letter to the Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress

Ezili Dantò's Response to Stu

Larry Rosin, Head of UN Kosovo Protectorate Moves to Haiti - Veye Yo" by Ezili Dantò |http://haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=14292&sid=

Mixed U.S. Signals Helped Tilt Haiti Toward Chaos By WALT BOGDANICH and JENNY NORDBERG, New York Times, January 29, 2006

New York Times should apologize to Haitians for untruths By Ezili Dantò

New York Times editorial "No help for Democracy" falls short by Ezili Dantò, February 3, 2006 http://haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=

What White People Feed on is not so eye opening, just typically parasitic, fearful, self-serving, narcissistic and delusional: Ezili Dantò Responding to two racest articles on Haiti

Hochschild's Neo-Colonial Journalism. Response to Adam Hochschild article in SF Chronicle by Marguerite Laurent, May 30, 2004


Napoleon was no Toussaint: Spare us the insult! by Jean Saint-Vil (Jafrikayiti)

Africa: In Solidarity with Site Soley by Jacques Depelchin

Children's prison reflects Haiti's woes
By Manuel Roig-Franzia | The Washington Post, March 8, 2007

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – In a small, walled courtyard ringed by coiled razor wire, a scrappy little boy punched and kicked at the humid air.

Mackenzy Sonson strutted one moment, cowered the next. Acted like a big man, then slipped into baby talk.

"I'm not tough," he said on a recent afternoon. Then he smacked a kid twice his size.
Mackenzy, better known as "Little Baron," lives in Cell C-4, back wall, bottom bunk, at Fort Dimanche prison in Port-au-Prince. Cellmates dubbed him Baron because his dark black skin reminds them of Baron Samedi, the Vodou spirit who is believed to guard passage to the underworld.

This place where Little Baron is growing up, where he discovered Donald Duck cartoons and is learning to read, is a gallery of Haiti's woes. The boys at Fort Dimanche are the products of poverty, abandonment, homelessness and an educational system that has failed to enroll 1 million school-age children.

Hardly any of the 120 boys at Fort Dimanche know when they will be released. Some were undoubtedly recruited to be child soldiers in gangs that lured them with food and shelter in return for help in kidnappings and robberies. Others are imprisoned for years for minor crimes or are innocents nabbed in neighborhood sweeps by a notoriously corrupt police force, children's advocates say.

"This is where you see the total failure of the justice system," said Maryse Penette-Kedar, head of PRODEV, a foundation that is trying to improve conditions in the children's jail. "It's incompetence. It's total lack of management. People can't be in jail forever."

Haiti's dysfunctional criminal justice system offers no formal process for freeing child inmates, Penette-Kedar said. Those who have been formally charged are often accused of crimes as vague as "associating with bad people."

Penette-Kedar's organization -- backed in part by money from pop star Wyclef Jean's charitable foundation, Yele Haiti -- has begun a transformation of Fort Dimanche, hoping to make it Haiti's first child rehabilitation center. Young inmates who were once kept in lockdown 23 hours a day now get regular exercise and attend classes inside the prison.

The children's wing of Fort Dimanche, housing inmates up to age 17, is steps from a larger building where adult offenders are kept. There is always a line of visitors for the adult prison, but few come to see the children, most of whom are abandoned or orphaned.

The prison, for all its deprivations, can be a refuge from a hostile environment. Children have asked not to be released, Penette-Kedar said. A few parents have begged officials to imprison their children, even when they have not been accused of crimes, because they think Fort Dimanche is safer than the streets.

Little Baron was pushed into the streets by parents who couldn't afford to raise him, he says. By age 5, he was sleeping in abandoned cars and picking through garbage for food.

With no government social services to aid him, Little Baron gravitated toward "the big guys," his name for the young thugs who dominate the slums where he foraged. He ran errands that he won't talk about.

"I did favors," he said cautiously during a break between classes. "I did what I had to do to eat."

One of those favors -- he won't say which -- landed him a year ago at Fort Dimanche and Cell C-4. He shares the 20-by-12-foot cell with 28 other boys, 13 of whom sleep on the concrete floor because there are not enough bunks. The cell has its own hierarchy: One of the oldest boys at the prison, a lanky 16-year-old, decides who sleeps on the floor.

Outside the prison, a woman walked into the courtyard. This was a rare sight, a mother visiting her son.

Yola Aeme settled onto a bench and stared wordlessly at her son, Antoine Menchy, 16, who has been imprisoned for a year and a half. Aeme, 38, still seethes about the day her son was arrested. She was frantic when he didn't come home. No one had told her about the arrest.

"There's nobody I can see or talk to, no lawyer or anybody," Aeme said. "I have no hope that they'll release him."

Copyright © 2007, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ezili Dantò's Response to Stu
(in reference to Stu's comments about "Little Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress, written before Bush-the-son brought the 33 coup d'etat to Haiti in 2004, finishing the job of removing Aristide that his father had started with the coup detat in 1991 under Fort Bening's Raoul Cedras.)

Posted At 11:32:33 12/03/2002 on Windowsonhaiti.com

Salut, Stu

Anmwe! M pa ka pale...

Let’s say I am, Stu, what you say. Are you actually asking me NOT to be anti-white/American? WHY? Why should a Haitian woman care if you “puke” at her contemptuous disgust in the unremitting inhumanity she sees being dished out throughout the globe by the US government? Is that a serious request? Or, the drunken righteousness of a college white-boy on a beer keg binge who has failed to get out of kindergarten for life? Do you actually still believe the world worships at white/Americas feet because the nightly news tells you so ad nauseum? Or, is it because you haven’t gotten out of your comic book mentality that white means “all things civilized, democratic and godly” with, by the by, a nuclear bomb at the ready to make those who don’t cow tow, pay. RIGHT! Puke on Stu. I don’t know where you’ve been hiding, or, why you haven’t done any reading and self-educating? Certainly there are those more qualified than I to answer you on the “white men burden” bulls..t query. Having to write this, once again, is just so bothersome. I simply hate this Witnessing. Next time I come across another STU, this promise I make to myself, I will just give out a bibliography because I hate it that you are not what you sell yourself to the world to be Stu- I do. It’s what I was raised to believe. You know, “…and to the Republic for which it stands….with liberty and justice for all.” I believed that, swore by it, and then I grew up and learnt, all the ways, white America betrayed what it said I could trust with NO APOLOGY.

US schools, intellectuals and the everyday US Joe/Jane, trained us regular Americans to believe in justice, then the US government and white-authorities everywhere, showed me each and every second of every hour, of every day up to this moments’ eternity, in technicolor and in a myriad of ways, how the life, breath, dreams, and the very being of the Black child, who might have slid down my thigh, counts for ZERO, nada.

Do African-Americans, Blacks or Haitians, in general, flaunt their love of justice and liberty and then support Taliban-type regimes and when that goes awry bomb the heck out of Afghanistan? Do they sponsor elections throughout “the developing” world, and then outfit their own private armies, to “restore order” and reverse said elections whenever the US-sponsored candidate fails to be elected by the populist? Mobutu, Duvalier, who maintained these? Do you think STU, Haitians don’t know who is currently arming the DR soldiers milling about at Haiti’s border looking for ANY excuse to kill another Haitian child’s future - take by US-sponsored force, once again, resources they can't persuade Aristide or the Haitian people, to give away. It is NOT the Black caucus! It’s the US government run by white/Americans. Try taking some accountability Stu. I refuse, categorically to find motherless (fatherless) Haitians, as you say, culpable for these shenanigans rising squarely from the issues of the US government, as silently approved by an unprotesting White/America. Haitians and certainly Black Haitian women, have experience too much at the hands of the white/American government to be incarcerated within the pretense that white/America acts out any of its admirable principles, beliefs or feelings when it comes to us non—whites.

Yes, it actually hurts me to know our dance always ends this way Stu. For, I don’t wish to add to your personal wounds and hurts, whatever they may be. But Stu, frankly and sincerely it is well nigh impossible to imagine Haitians inflicting “more pain and suffering than the white men ever did.” Depi esklavaj blan ap tiye afriken. “Men kòman blan yo te pran plezi yo: yo antere nou vivan lan solèy cho a pou foumi devore tèt nou; se swa yo bat nou jis nou wouj ak san, oubyen jis nou endispoze. Yo te gen abitid foure kouto bayonèt yo lan vant ou fanm Ayisyen ki ansent pou tiye-l ak tout pitit li. Sa se te plezi blan yo.” (Quoted from ML’s “Bwa Kayiman” play.) There are not enough words to go through the list, so let’s not just look at slavery, look at colonialism; ask the Congolese whose hands the Belgians and then Americans used to chop off if they didn’t mine enough of African cobalt and diamonds for their coffers.

Look at fatherly Ike and his orders to murder Patrice Lumumba; the centuries of lynching with impunity in the US, the razing to the very ground of Black cities like Rosewood and the “Black Wall Street” in Oklahoma – all around 1917 and thereabout, during the very time, gunboat diplomacy and US marines were bringing (their sort of) “order” to “backwards” Haiti. Check your history on the legalized murders and mayhems under Jim Crow and now with “racial profiling” “mandatory sentencing;” the criminalization of poverty and drug addiction otherwise known as the “war against drugs,” or more aptly, the war against young black males.” How about US complicity with the Haitian army its had in its pocket since it recreated it and sent it forth, from Fort Benning, unto the Haitian people after the marines US occupation. Or, its complicity with FRAPH, document doctoring, complicity in the Coup against Aristide, in creating “an opposition” now in Haiti, our indefinite embargo…The overwhelming, disproportionately high African American male population (more than 50% of total US prisoners) in jail when we only make up 12% of the population, more than half of death row prisoners being Black. The indefinite detention of Black children, women and men, whose only crime is that they are poor and from Haiti. The millions of Blacks paying the black tax all over this globe. Ask, ask the entire African continent and its diasporas, who has inflicted more pain in the world, their answer won’t be those “motherless Haitians” Stu. We know our jailers are not our rescuers.

However, none of this is to deny that educated and not-so-educated Haitian elites, of the past, have a lot to answer for and that with their desire to be and love all-things- “white,” have, with the help, first primarily the French and now the US, inflicted much pain on the Black Haitian populace throughout our history. No doubt, our children, like the world’s poor look to the alabaster lady, blind and death rising out of the Atlantic sea, for rescue and succor. Especially with what they watch on TV and are told of US beneficence. So, yes indeed, the Black woman’s issues are not cherished globally, no doubt about that. You’re right Stu, we Black woman bear the brunt of Patriarchy and racism - Haitian patriarchy, US patriarchy. But when we hurt we don’t ask which hurts more, we just want it to STOP hurting and our children allowed to live, dream and share in the world’s riches, our riches. I stand by this, Haitian fratricide doesn’t fuel itself. White-US racism and governmental policies animates it, maintains it, keeps it running and stands guard against the Haitian women or men who tries to redress our very own pathologies.

Haiti has a 2Million-plus strong Diaspora in the US now, fully versed in that ol’ “one drop” makes us Black in the US no matter how white its lack used to make some of us feel back in Haiti. That bit of reality woke up many so-called “Haitian elites” who could not stand still in the US as they had back in Haiti. So, we Haitians, are more united today than we were yesterday - the unintended windfalls of a US culture intent on disemboweling the Black-out-of-us. So yes, I believe our intestine fratricide IS lessening, STU. But when will white/America acknowledge and redress its governmental racist pathologies’ Stu?

About this Hong Kong thing you mention Stu, I fail to see why Haiti would aspire to be “the Hong Kong” of the Caribbean. That’s somewhat like mouthing the oftentimes read historical notion “we were the Pearl of the Antilles” Oh, and how great that was! The question I always have for Haitians and non-Haitians who blithely make this observation is who is the “we” that was “so rich” back then? It certainly wasn’t the African captives. Our grandmothers were being raped and breeded like animals by the white men then. Was that when “we” were “rich?” As opposed to what? Now? Well, thank you very much for caring, but I’d rather be free and poor in the hillsides of Haiti today, drown at sea, be eaten by sharks in search of a better life, than be a slave as we were when “Haiti was the Pearl of the Antilles!” And why, pray tell, should I care for a Hong Kong-type Haiti. As far as I am aware Hong Kong only services the international financial community, and its elite sycophants. I seem to remember, some time ago, personally witnessing flotillas of bedraggled Asian refugees living out their entire life in shanty-type boats, just outside Hong Kong’s very shores, unable it seemed to me, to find asylum in that pristine international haven you so laud. No, Haitians don’t care Saint Domingue was the Pearl of the Antilles to the French colonists, it wasn’t our grandmother’s Pearl then. Ayisien hadn’t been born. Neither do we care to see Ayiti revert to that same enslavement nor the sort you would call “the Honk Kong of the Caribbean” Stu.

Now, about Kipling’s “burden.” Beside telling you to re-read what he actually meant, I add: Is it the “fault” of Haiti’s poor (or even the ever so helpless and pushed-at-impasses-by-the-US-Haitian-politicians) that raw US geopolitics, Breton-Woods-Hemispheric-carving-out-White-men conspire and keep them enchained on an Island-in-poverty, while US corporate interests and citizens greedily fleece Haiti dry just so they may generate, for their white heirs/beneficiaries, the same sort of passive-like-income enjoyed by the original slave masters? Haitian justice knows it’s not motherless (fatherless) Haitians. But Haitian justice cannot be applied because it would first have to reveal US interference and underdevelopment of Haiti. That’s why there is no justice in Haiti today. But you still, living on that false mountaintop, look down on us and query, Why should white/America care, are you Haitians the white man’s burden? Now, only a patriarchic mindset, oblivious to the day-to-day invented lives of Haiti’s backbones, the Madame Sarahs and now the Haitian Diaspora, who supports Haiti, (on hard earned income, not passive I can’t-do-a-days-honest-labor-income), would put that nonsense question to a Haitian woman. La kay Ibo, li granmoun la kay li.

Has US Aid, since it started in the mid-forties, ever fed Haitian children, sent them to school, provided them shelter and education? If so, why the net zero improvement Stu? Because US Aid goes to US citizens, consultants and State Department cronies who come to live in Haiti like mini-monarchs. Simple. White/America gives nothing, it takes. Ask all those white uneducated clerks and middle management US drones clogging up Haiti’s byways to development. How did such mediocrity manage to become instant kings and queen in Haiti? Oh yeah, they wave around their whitenesses, hypocrisy and all-important US salary about. When their don, what “AID” trickles down to Haiti is negligible. Yet and still the Haitian government is ALWAYS forced to make such compromises for it. LIKE give seats to a Republican-backed “opposition” to Aristide no Haitian voted for or know. No, it’s us HaitianS who are burdened by US false generosity, benevolence, and the white man’s “I’ve-got-to-be-a-hero-complex.” That’s cultural illusion has become a burden for the world, in general, to bare.

I don’t see my thoughts as “anti-white” but it’s ok if you vomit at the thought of children in indefinite detentions behind arm guards because they are poor. That is retching. No Haitian woman would ever take a child, call her an “alien” and pierce her so. Every child has a mother, there are no bastards, Stu. We Africans know not all snakes are lethal, some eat the rats that gets into our manioc. We understand and I personally dislike rats not because of their pinkish color but because, on the hillside village where my parents come from, they get into our food supply and destroy our very means of survival.

My words bit at your whiteness Stu I know. But remember, our humble culture has no illusions of grandeur, no physical force to bend steel and mythical cape to help us fly off tall buildings in a single bound. That superman illusion is a US cultural myth, which Euro-mercenaries feel obligated to carry forth globally as long as they have that atomic, scud or nuclear bomb at the ready to wipe out any objections. What can inflict more pain in the world, my words, a Haitian with his machete, or that white man full of hatred for non-whites with the power to destroy the world many times over at the flick of one nuclear weapon’s switch. The thought of that inflicts more pain in me than all the 32+ Coup D’etats and killing wrought on in Haiti by the Haitian army and their Euro-US backers throughout the history of that nation.


Report: 7 million Americans in justice system
One in every 32 U.S. adults behind bars, on probation or on parole in 2005

Kasie Hunt/Associated Press |Friday, December 1, 2006


WASHINGTON — A record 7 million people - one in every 32 American adults - were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to the Justice Department.

Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday.

More than 4.1 million people were on probation and 784,208 were on parole at the end of 2005. Prison releases are increasing, but admissions are increasing more.

Men still far outnumber women in prisons and jails, but the female population is growing faster. Over the past year, the female population in state or federal prison increased 2.6 percent while the number of male inmates rose 1.9 percent. By year's end, 7 percent of all inmates were women. The gender figures do not include inmates in local jails.

"Today's figures fail to capture incarceration's impact on the thousands of children left behind by mothers in prison," Marc Mauer, the executive director of the Sentencing Project, a Washington group supporting criminal justice reform, said in a statement. "Misguided policies that create harsher sentences for nonviolent drug offenses are disproportionately responsible for the increasing rates of women in prisons and jails."

From 1995 to 2003, inmates in federal prison for drug offenses have accounted for 49 percent of total prison population growth.

The numbers are from the annual report from the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. The report breaks down inmate populations for state and federal prisons and local jails.

Racial disparities among prisoners persist. In the 25-29 age group, 8.1 percent of black men - about one in 13 - are incarcerated, compared with 2.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.1 percent of white men. And it's not much different among women. By the end of 2005, black women were more than twice as likely as Hispanics and more than three times as likely as white women to be in prison.

Certain states saw more significant changes in prison population. In South Dakota, the number of inmates increased 11 percent over the past year, more than any other state. Montana and Kentucky were next in line with increases of 10.4 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively.

Georgia had the biggest decrease, losing 4.6 percent, followed by Maryland with a 2.4 percent decrease and Louisiana with a 2.3 percent drop.

COPS: America's #1 employment agency goes headhunting By Jane Stillwater http://blogspot.com

My young friend Nathan just got out of juvie after having just turned 18. "So. Nathan. What are you going to do next? Go to community college? Get a job? What have you got in mind for the rest of your life?"

Well, it appears that Nathan had already been making long-term plans and already had his eye on a full time job -- and not just any mere stop-gap employment gig either. What Nathan had in mind was a whole big CAREER. It seems that during all of those childhood years he had spent in brat camps, so-called behavior modification programs, group homes and juvenile halls, Nathan had been developing a finely-tuned set of skills and now he was ready to begin a life-long career that would not only allow him to put those skills to use but to be provided with life-time job security too!

"Last week," Nathan boasted, "I was gang-banging with my homies and the Albany cops busted us and sent us to jail." Oh, Nathan. Oh no.

"You shoulda seen me out at Rita." Santa Rita is the local county jail. "I was so cooool. Some dude come up to me and asked me was I gonna be in his gang." Apparently the name of his gang was the Woods. "I told him no, no way! Then he gets all up in my face and I get all up in his face and...." Oh great.

Apparently, a Wood is prison slang for a peckerwood. Did I really need to know that?

"At Rita, the black guys hang out with the black guys and the white guys hang out with the white guys. And this guy wasn't sure what I was because I looked white but talked black." Nathan, the new Eminem. "I ain't like that, but at Rita you don't get no choice. So once I understood the situation, I was all good."

Yes indeed. After spending the last five or six years of his childhood learning how to fit into the "institutional lifestyle" without getting jumped too often, Nathan definitely had skills. Our Nathan had found his calling all right. He was ready. He was trained. He was a specialist. And he had discovered the exact place where he could put all his well-honed job skills to work -- the California Department of Correctional Facilities. In a flash, I saw the hand-writing on the wall. Nathan was going to be spending the rest of his life in jail.


"Then," Nathan continued, "they dropped all the charges and I got out." But not for long. Three days later, Nathan was back in jail. And will probably be there for the rest of his life. I guess that he just can't resist the PERKS!

America has the highest jail population in the world. Something like one in every 32 American adults is now in jail, on probation or on parole. That's seven million people on the prison employment fast track!

So. The next time you watch COPS on television, don't just see all those police patrol officers as cops out arresting bad guys. Think of them as employment agency headhunters -- using the latest recruitment techniques!

PS: It is a sad commentary on the economic viability of America today that, for all too many of us, the top job you can get -- with the best health plan, the best housing perks, the best working conditions and the best job security -- is as an inmate in jail. It's not as dangerous as meat-packing, not as tedious as stoop labor in the fields and definitely more secure than being homeless and unemployed.

Source: Forwarded by email

(See also Slavery on the New Plantation, American Torture Chamber: A Report on Today's Prisons and Jails, Part 2 of 2 by Kiilu Nyasha, Guest commentator, The Black Commentator, Feb. 15, 2007)


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