To avoid looking completely + utterly out of touch w/ the reality our prison system:
Instead of asking, “Should the Boston Bomber have the right to vote?”
Try, “Should a nonviolent person stopped w/ a dime bag LOSE the right to vote?”
Bc that question reflects WAY more people.
- Slavery ➡️ Jim Crow + Redlining ➡️ War on Drugs ➡️ Mass Incarceration
- Black Americans & PoC are far more likely to be convicted + sentenced longer than White Americans for similar crimes.
- Our system routinely criminalizes poverty + exonerates wealth
Many rebut the voting question by saying, “Well, *those* people shouldn’t be jailed.”
Glad you feel that way! But the truth is, the US incarcerates more people per capita than anywhere in the world - even more than China.
Our system is built to disenfranchise people of color ⬇️
You can follow @AOC.
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