“The Blacks Imprisoned” by Marcus Garvey

Listen Siblings, I come in peace,

“The problem with Europeans and Asians is Europeans and Asians; the solution for Africans is Africans!” — Onitaset Kumat

We were always disproportionately imprisoned because we always allow ourselves to be imprisoned. No other non-European people allow Europeans to imprison them. It’s senseless, especially since we follow a different ethical philosophy than they. But our people do not know this because we are not erecting those physical structures to teach this. The ABS is. The ABS creates African Blood Siblings Community Centers all over the world with the help of Africans like you. Write us to help.

The Blacks Imprisoned
A Strange Comparison

The number of Blacks in jails, prisons, and reformatories of the United States, the British West Indian and other colonies and countries, the protectorates and dominions of Great Britain and France in Africa, is shamefully in excess, proportionately, of all other race groups to the populations; and between the blacks and other shades of Negroes, not including the sambo or brown skins and dark mulattoes — the percentage is almost 99% against the Black and other dark ones. Something is wrong.

There is a conspiracy somewhere. I can’t stand for it. I would rather hang than be quiet about it. It is a sin, crime and shame. It is a blot upon and against the white man’s system of justice meted out to the blacks, with the history of slavery considered. The white race cannot escape the blame, and fail to honestly admit that there is a collusion between them and the near whites against the interests of the blacks, which in turn is sure to destroy the racial purity of the white race and inflict grave injury upon the blacks.

Possibly written in 1923, by Marcus Garvey, it goes to show that the more things change, the more things stay the same.  Today’s “scholars” will speak up and down to the newness of our mass imprisonment but it’s older than Garvey.  How about that?  This is why my Letter to Merilan has such poignancy.

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