"If you're a person of means, you get full service for all ten amendments, and even a few that aren't listed. But if you owe, if you rent, you get a s"If you're a person of means, you get full service for all ten amendments, and even a few that aren't listed. But if you owe, if you rent, you get a slightly thinner, more tubercular version of the Fourth Amendment, The First Amendment, the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, and so on.
It's not that it's written anywhere that if you're black and you live in the projects, you don't get protection against illegal searches—it just sort of works out that way. And if this makes any sense at all, it's not about skin color. This is a cultural kind of bias. White people who live the wrong way get caught tin the net, too. And as the income gap gets bigger and bigger, more and more white people are being pushed behind the line." (pg. 319)
/// Good book, recounts the American history of the political and legal lead-up to the crimes on Wall Street surrounding the 2008 stock market tumble, laying bare how wealth-dependent the enforcement of the justice is in America: plainly admitted massive investment fraud, insider trading, criminal manipulation of stock markets delivers no one to the inside of a jail cell, while NYC's Stop and Frisk style policing routinely arrests, charges, fines people for such idiocy as 'blocking the sidewalk' (aka being black outdoors)... while predatory policing of unprotected immigrants profits police and fulfills a for-profit prison industry (profitable for Wall Street investors, at least). Also looks into the welfare application process, the humiliation, searches, and state monitoring people are subject to, the hyper-vigilant error-prone enforcement of welfare fraud over a few hundred dollars, in contrast to the systematic fraud on as large a scale as the Citigroup, Band of America-pioneered sub-prime mortgage schemes that were able to occur because legality is assumed, not regulated when it comes to high finance.
Tabbi's /The Divide/ deftly weaves through a lot of history, but for me the best parts are the portraits of the people whose lives are in the balance during this unjust, profiteering, unequal era in America....more
Really appreciate how with the book they tell the stories of a place and the people, present day and historical, for whatA good book for remembering.
Really appreciate how with the book they tell the stories of a place and the people, present day and historical, for what it is, a dire bitter truth, but the book does not pin you in despair. Instead the authors find people-power wherever they go, doing their best to counter the crushing oppression. Really this book is a call to action, with the gift of conviction that every act of defiance is a step closer to our humanity restored....more
started to see the many archetypal roles i and others play in daily life while reading this book, very cool lens to see the world through, learned a lstarted to see the many archetypal roles i and others play in daily life while reading this book, very cool lens to see the world through, learned a lot....more
Visit the past to set the mind at ease gain strength from sforward ever!
What is the What? is way past cool.
The messages I'm getting...
so much new to do
Visit the past to set the mind at ease gain strength from stories thick trunks twists tall trees toward all you can imagine and nothing you know, 4 you havn't been there before. You don't know until you go so grow!...more