In a recent conversation concerning justice in the town of Paris, Texas, a subplot emerged regarding the lax sentencing of crystalmeth-related crimes and the implications for elected officials across the nation.
The question arose, as well:
“How can black bloggers impact this particular issue?” And the issue is differenial sentencing and the political posturing of law and order candidates – and all that inheres to that discussion.
In the case of Shaquanda Cotton, Chicago Tribune writer Howard Witt believes that Black bloggers played a significant role in how the case was eventually resolved. And there’s this overview of what’s possible…
We have this from ptcruiser over at P6:
“I think we, as a people, hve reached a point in America where our willingness to engage in so-called debates and discussion with non-blacks on matters of important public policy and the ephemeral issues of a celebrity drenched culture are a trap. We are losing our great collective ability to stand back from and stay at a distance from issues and problems as they are defined by people who are not black and do not, at bottom, have black folks’ interest at heart.”
And this from cnulan over at P6:
We are in great danger of losing our hard won ability to point out the absurd contradictions of American society and the gap between what it promises and what is finally delivered.
Cobb and many others like him succumbed to Rove’s egregore a long time ago…,
Egregore (also “egregor”) is an occult concept representing a “thought form” or “collective group mind”, an autonomous psychic entity made up of, and influencing, the thoughts of a group of people. The symbiotic relationship between an egregore and its group has been compared to the more recent, non-occult concepts of the corporation (as a legal entity) and the meme.
It’s not clear to me that the process of succumbing is reversable. Hughes and others were involved in intentional communities within the segregated community of that era, and THAT is what accounts for their particularly piquant psychological insurgency.
And this from Dr. Spence over at P6:
I may have written this before on Vision Circle but I think that Temple 3 is on to something. There are a whole host of ills that statistically speaking black people participate in less than their white counterparts. Have black state legislators generate legislation that would heavily criminalize all of them. The bounce back SHOULD be more progressive policies for everyone.
I’m not sure what black blogging guerilla theater would look like.
And this from ptcruiser over at P6:
I hear you loud and clear, T3, but I think that black bloggers would be more effective if they would enlist the techniques of guerrilla theater with a heavy emphasis on parody and satire to illustrate the insanity of our current drug policies and the inane pomposity employed by the media and criminal justice system to cut meth freaks slack.
The real insanity is that we all know that drug addiction should be treated as a public health problem but look what happened to Kurt Schmoke when he raised the issue. Many of the same know-nothings in our community who denounced him then are the same ones hollering now about drug sentencing disparities.
I’ve rearranged the order because I think this may shed some light on where we hope to go. Let’s see what happens…and, Action!