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1972 SPECIAL REPORT: "COMPTON"


One of the most profound questions asked by one of the Black men in this documentary was, "How do you form an economic base in a racist society, when you are the minority?" This question, and the level of understanding from the Black man who asked it, signified that this person understood the realities of White racism and anti-Blackness and the reality that most Black people are set-up to fail in this racist country. Biased employment, and sub-optimal wages, over-scrutiny, and cultural surveillance by White, and non-Black people, are forms of slavery.


Another comment, made by the mayor of the city at that time is that "Black people are forced to result to committing crimes as the result of living in a racist society". This is absolutely true, and is the bottom line of the reality for Black people who commit crimes.


I will go a step further in stating that I do not believe in criminality as it is defined by White people through White institutions. No Black person has ever committed a crime that the crimes of White racism and Anti-Blackness did not directly create or influence.


The actions of Black people are the results of White organized crime being committed against us.


As Frederick Douglass said almost two-hundred years ago, “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”


It is 2021, and White America does not embrace or understand the reality of Douglass' words, still.

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