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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

White racists have always been known to “cut off their own noses to spite a Black man's face.” In a variation on that theme, rural white farmers in Alabama and Georgia elected the racist lawmakers who passed the anti-immigrant legislation that scared away the Hispanic agricultural workers the farmers depended on to harvest their crops. They might as well have burned their own fields. But southern-fried racism is making Alabama's foreign automakers nervous. “They like Alabama’s anti-union environment, but they don’t want to be associated too closely with white supremacists.”

 

White Supremacists: Hating Themselves Into Bankruptcy

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Two upset big-shot foreigners beats 33 imprisoned Black American citizens any day, in Alabama.”

Alabama’s anti-immigration law, like similar legislation in Arizona, Georgia and elsewhere, reveals a truth that racists always seem to forget. When you set out to create circumstances that hurt other people, you are liable to wind up harming yourself, as well. Arizona got its wish, creating an environment so ugly and hostile to human intelligence that 100,000 Hispanics left the state. The loss of so many consumers couldn’t have happened at a worse time, to the detriment of lots of white businesses and employees. In Georgia, white farmers found that so many Latino immigrants had been scared out of the state, there was no one to pick the crops. Of course, these redneck farmers might as well have burned the crops, themselves, since it was their Republican lawmakers who passed the bills that drove the immigrant workers into hiding or out of state.

In generations past, the fathers and grandfathers of these Dumb Ole Boys treated their Black workers so badly, many of them left the state, too. Others stayed, but swore never to work for white people of that kind, again, especially not in the dirt. So, when the white Georgia farmers attempted to get Black folks to do their stoop labor, despite the poor economy, few volunteered. Then, the farmers tried to figure out how to coerce mostly Black people on probation to work in the fields. However, the white farmers soon discovered that simply being born Black doesn't prepare a person to efficiently harvest crops. Stoop labor isn’t really in the blood, although it seems that moral depravity and an inability to get along with people of other races and cultures is often passed from one generation to the next, judging by the behavior of the white Georgia farmers and their ancestors.

These redneck farmers might as well have burned the crops, themselves, since it was their Republican lawmakers who passed the bills that drove the immigrant workers into hiding or out of state.”

Alabama, whose resident racists are proud of having passed an even more draconian anti-immigration bill than neighboring Georgia, has suffered much the same problems of unpicked crops. The staA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

White racists have always been known to “cut off their own noses to spite a Black man's face.” In a variation on that theme, rural white farmers in Alabama and Georgia elected the racist lawmakers who passed the anti-immigrant legislation that scared away the Hispanic agricultural workers the farmers depended on to harvest their crops. They might as well have burned their own fields. But southern-fried racism is making Alabama's foreign automakers nervous. “They like Alabama’s anti-union environment, but they don’t want to be associated too closely with white supremacists.”

 

White Supremacists: Hating Themselves Into Bankruptcy

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

“Two upset big-shot foreigners beats 33 imprisoned Black American citizens any day, in Alabama.”

Alabama’s anti-immigration law, like similar legislation in Arizona, Georgia and elsewhere, reveals a truth that racists always seem to forget. When you set out to create circumstances that hurt other people, you are liable to wind up harming yourself, as well. Arizona got its wish, creating an environment so ugly and hostile to human intelligence that 100,000 Hispanics left the state. The loss of so many consumers couldn’t have happened at a worse time, to the detriment of lots of white businesses and employees. In Georgia, white farmers found that so many Latino immigrants had been scared out of the state, there was no one to pick the crops. Of course, these redneck farmers might as well have burned the crops, themselves, since it was their Republican lawmakers who passed the bills that drove the immigrant workers into hiding or out of state.

In generations past, the fathers and grandfathers of these Dumb Ole Boys treated their Black workers so badly, many of them left the state, too. Others stayed, but swore never to work for white people of that kind, again, especially not in the dirt. So, when the white Georgia farmers attempted to get Black folks to do their stoop labor, despite the poor economy, few volunteered. Then, the farmers tried to figure out how to coerce mostly Black people on probation to work in the fields. However, the white farmers soon discovered that simply being born Black doesn't prepare a person to efficiently harvest crops. Stoop labor isn’t really in the blood, although it seems that moral depravity and an inability to get along with people of other races and cultures is often passed from one generation to the next, jA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

White racists have always been known to “cut off their own noses to spite a Black man's face.” In a variation on that theme, rural white farmers in Alabama and Georgia elected the racist lawmakers who passed the anti-immigrant legislation that scared away the Hispanic agricultural workers the farmers depended on to harvest their crops. They might as well have burned their own fields. But southern-fried racism is making Alabama's foreign automakers nervous. “They like Alabama’s anti-union environment, but they don’t want to be associated too closely with white supremacists.”

 

White Supremacists: Hating Themselves Into Bankruptcy

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

“Two upset big-shot foreigners beats 33 imprisoned Black American citizens any day, in Alabama.”

Alabama’s anti-immigration law, like similar legislation in Arizona, Georgia and elsewhere, reveals a truth that racists always seem to forget. When you set out to create circumstances that hurt other people, you are liable to wind up harming yourself, as well. Arizona got its wish, creating an environment so ugly and hostile to human intelligence that 100,000 Hispanics left the state. The loss of so many consumers couldn’t have happened at a worse time, to the detriment of lots of white businesses and employees. In Georgia, white farmers found that so many Latino immigrants had been scared out of the state, there was no one to pick the crops. Of course, these redneck farmers might as well have burned the crops, themselves, since it was their Republican lawmakers who passed the bills that drove the immigrant workers into hiding or out of state.

In generations past, the fathers and grandfathers of these Dumb Ole Boys treated their Black workers so badly, many of them left the state, too. Others stayed, but swore never to work for white people of that kind, again, especially not in the dirt. So, when the white Georgia farmers attempted to get Black folks to do their stoop labor, despite the poor economy, few volunteered. Then, the farmers tried to figure out how to coerce mostly Black people on probation to work in the fields. However, the white farmers soon discovered that simply being born Black doesn't prepare a person to efficiently harvest crops. Stoop labor isn’t really in the blood, although it seems that moral depravity and an inability to get along with people of other races and cultures is often passed from one generation to the next, judging by the behavior of the white Georgia farmers and their ancestors.

“These redneck farmers might as well have burned the crops, themselves, since it was their Republican lawmakers who passed the bills that drove the immigrant workers into hiding or out of state.”

Alabama, whose resident racists are proud of having passed an even more draconian anti-immigration bill than neighboring Georgia, has suffered much the same problems of unpicked crops. The state has also managed to imprison 66 American citizens for not having papers proving they were legally in the country. This being Alabama, half of those arrested were Black – but, again, it being Alabama, that wasn’t even considered much of an embarrassment. However, two of the people arrested for going paperless were executives for foreign auto companies – Mercedes Benz and Honda – that have factories in state. Two upset big-shot foreigners beats 33 imprisoned Black American citizens any day, in Alabama, so state lawmakers promised to fix the anti-immigrant bill so as not to offend foreign factory executives.

But, the problem is deeper. Multinational corporations that sell expensive consumer goods tend to be protective of their reputations among the civilized people of the world. They like Alabama’s anti-union environment, but they don’t want to be associated too closely with white supremacists. In that sense, they are much like U.S. corporations in the early Sixties. Places like Atlanta yearned to become major headquarters cities and international hubs, but that couldn’t happen under Jim Crow. National and multinational corporations were often allies in forcing the desegregation of the South. Today, Georgia and Alabama might not give a damn about the opinions of mankind, but they do kiss up, big-time, to money.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.udging by the behavior of the white Georgia farmers and their ancestors.

“These redneck farmers might as well have burned the crops, themselves, since it was their Republican lawmakers who passed the bills that drove the immigrant workers into hiding or out of state.”

Alabama, whose resident racists are proud of having passed an even more draconian anti-immigration bill than neighboring Georgia, has suffered much the same problems of unpicked crops. The state has also managed to imprison 66 American citizens for not having papers proving they were legally in the country. This being Alabama, half of those arrested were Black – but, again, it being Alabama, that wasn’t even considered much of an embarrassment. However, two of the people arrested for going paperless were executives for foreign auto companies – Mercedes Benz and Honda – that have factories in state. Two upset big-shot foreigners beats 33 imprisoned Black American citizens any day, in Alabama, so state lawmakers promised to fix the anti-immigrant bill so as not to offend foreign factory executives.

But, the problem is deeper. Multinational corporations that sell expensive consumer goods tend to be protective of their reputations among the civilized people of the world. They like Alabama’s anti-union environment, but they don’t want to be associated too closely with white supremacists. In that sense, they are much like U.S. corporations in the early Sixties. Places like Atlanta yearned to become major headquarters cities and international hubs, but that couldn’t happen under Jim Crow. National and multinational corporations were often allies in forcing the desegregation of the South. Today, Georgia and Alabama might not give a damn about the opinions of mankind, but they do kiss up, big-time, to money.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.te has also managed toimprison 66 American citizens for not having papers proving they were legally in the country. This being Alabama, half of those arrested were Black – but, again, it being Alabama, that wasn’t even considered much of an embarrassment. However, two of the people arrested for going paperless were executives for foreign auto companies – Mercedes Benz and Honda – that have factories in state. Two upset big-shot foreigners beats 33 imprisoned Black American citizens any day, in Alabama, so state lawmakers promised to fix the anti-immigrant bill so as not to offend foreign factory executives.

But, the problem is deeper. Multinational corporations that sell expensive consumer goods tend to be protective oftheir reputations among the civilized people of the world. They like Alabama’s anti-union environment, but they don’t want to be associated too closely with white supremacists. In that sense, they are much like U.S. corporations in the early Sixties. Places like Atlanta yearned to become major headquarters cities and international hubs, but that couldn’t happen under Jim Crow. National and multinational corporations were often allies in forcing the desegregation of the South. Today, Georgia and Alabama might not give a damn about the opinions of mankind, but they do kiss up, big-time, to money.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

We all know that prisons are not for rehabilitation, and that the dynamic of mass Black incarceration has little to do with actual crime. Massive police stop-and-frisk campaigns in urban America are concerned with more than merely controlling Black and brown populations. They are “a regimented, calibrated mechanism for adding value to urban land by making city life untenable for young Black and brown men” and their families. Stop-and-frisk is a tool for Black removal.

 

Stop-and-Frisk As a Weapon of Gentrification

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

There is ample anecdotal evidence that the relentless pressures of stop-and-frisk have substantially contributed to the mass exile of Blacks from New York.”

The massive, industrial-strength stop-and-frisk policies of big cities like New York and Philadelphia must be viewed as part and parcel of urban gentrification – the systematic removal of Blacks from the cities. What began as a straightforward intake valve for the forty year-old national policy of mass Black incarceration, has evolved into a regimented, calibrated mechanism for adding value to urban land by making city life untenable for young Black and brown men. The constant threat of being snatched up by police for no reason within the individual’s control, on the basis of his profile and the policeman’s whim, forces thousands of young men and their parents to make a choice. They can exit to a less hostile police environment, or stay and risk that life-changing encounter with the criminal injustice system, from which they may never recover.

There is no way to tabulate the impact that stop-and-frisk has had on the Black exodus from New York City. Such decisions are made in the midst of whirlpools of stress in besieged Black neighborhoods. But there is ample anecdotal evidence that the relentless pressures of stop-and-frisk have substantially contributed to the mass exile of Blacks from New York.

They can exit to a less hostile police environment, or stay and risk that life-changing encounter with the criminal injustice system, from which they may never recover.”

How could it be otherwise? The New Year is less than a week old, but already more than 6,000 people have been subjected to stop-and-frisk, on top of the more than 700,000 or so last year, and the three million since 2004 – overwhelmingly Black and brown men. The last yearly data showed that 132,000 Black males between the ages of 16 and 24 were stopped for no good constitutional reason – which was a shocking number to the Community Service Society since there were only 120,000 Black males of that age living in New York City at the time. Police stops of Black males in that age group amounted to more than the total population of the entire local demographic cohort. Official New York is saying to these young men and their families: you can leave by way of prison after some fateful run-in with the cops, or you can find some other place to go, but we are going to make it very risky to live here.

Two women came to a meeting of Occupy Harlem last month, in rage and in tears at the prospect of losing their sons to the predatory police stop-and-frisk patrols, where literally anything can happen to your child. One of the mothers was in emotional agony. Her son was threatening to leave New York to live with relatives in Atlanta, so that his life would no longer be subject to the arbitrary, racist or corrupt character of whatever policeman was the next to stop him on Harlem's streets. The mother was in torment. She loved her teenage son and wanted to keep him by her side, but if he didn't leave for Atlanta, he might be snatched away some sunny afternoon, like the son of the other mother on the stage, who was led away in handcuffs after his last stop-and-frisk. Should the whole family leave for Atlanta?

Back in the day, we called the police an army of occupation in the ghetto. Today, they are an army under orders to make it as difficult and dangerous as possible for Black males and their families to continue to occupy their old neighborhoods. There are other people whose presence would be much better for land and housing values. Stop-and-Frisk provides an incentive for a quick racial and economic transition: Harlem without the Harlemites.

For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.co

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