Neoliberalism and the New Lynching

Brown, Michael

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/09/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21282

I don't think it's a coincidence that they would raise mass Black and Brown incarceration as being a counterinsurgency tactic. I think we've seen that out there on the streets, out there in Baltimore and Ferguson lately.



A Black person is killed every 28 hours. When I looked at this in historical context, it surpassed lynching at its height in the late 19th and 20th century. Okay, this means that this is a new form of lynching. It's all right there.

I think another part of the crisis is the neoliberal context in which all this is happening. If you look at cities like Baltimore or even here in LA, we used to have manufacturing jobs. You used to be able to graduate high school and live on one income - buy a house, buy a car, put the kids through college.

If you look at a place like Baltimore or whatever, it's like the tale of two cities. That's basically every city. You have this inner harbor area where they've built up Camden Yards. They built this big tourist attraction, all these hotels, which are all subsidized by taxpayer money, by the way. And then on the outer layers of Baltimore, the west side, that's where Black folks are - I mean, it's just like rubble.

All the jobs have been outsourced or, they shipped them somewhere where they can pay people three or four dollars an hour. Those jobs didn't disappear. They're still out there - all those manufacturing and shipping jobs.

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