No Clemency For Felons Means Southern Racism Is Back

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke explains why Rick Scott is helping the criminal justice system keep African-Americans down.

Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott ramrodded through a decision that explains why African-Americans have no faith in the criminal justice system or those who run it. On March 9, giving virtually no public notice or warning his own cabinet, the state's leader made it ungodly hard for ex-felons to vote. Ever. Even if they have reformed.

In 2004, one in five blacks here couldn't cast a ballot because of this rule. Charlie Crist began righting this. Scott has turned back the clock. Police officers and prosecutors spoke in favor of the changes. It is to their benefit to make sure felons return to a life of crime.

Scott's decision comes on the heels of his plan to give the state prison system to private corporations. Instead of trying to come up with ways to break the vicious circle of crime that afflicts predominantly African-American communities, the governor wants to continue it. Inmates mean dollars. Private prison companies funnel money into the campaigns of candidates running for sheriff, judge, state attorney, and governor to assure the system keeps humming.

We need to come together as a community and empathize with what generations of African-Americans live through every day. When you lived through events such as the 1980 Arthur McDuffie riots and then still see black males being gunned down by police without explanation nearly 40 years later, how can you have faith in the criminal justice system?

When your community for decades hasn't seen any new businesses come in -- except for the steady rotation of dope boys on the corner -- how can you believe that the government wants to see you succeed? People who disagree will say African-Americans in Liberty City and Overtown choose to live in a war zone; it's their own fault. I don't know a single black person who's happy to live in an American version of Afghanistan.

Everyone wants to look down on criminals, but Governor Scott and his cronies don't want to take the time to analyze the circumstances that made those people criminals. He doesn't want to reform a criminal justice system that is geared toward making sure prisons have a steady population. Hell, Scott showed last week he doesn't even like democracy.

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Nina Patterson
Nina Patterson

How about the fact that this law doesn't only affect only black males, but black, white, men, and women alike.  There should be room for clemency for all.  People change, they grow, they learn, and they should be rewarded for that.  If someone goes decades w/o returning to the life they once lived then they deserve to recieve their rights returned.  Even Tim Allen one of America's beloved comedians served time in prison for selling cocaine, he obviously has turned over a new leaf under Scott's belief he's till a criminal and deserves to be treated as such???? Please!!!!!

Tyrone
Tyrone

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Thekingcobra63
Thekingcobra63

So the issue isn't why 1 in every 5 are committing felonies, but why they cannot vote? Sounds like the Al Sharpton modelof avoiding fixing the actual problem and deflect it upon everyone else for criminalizing the criminals. Evil law abidding citizens should allow the poor rapists and murderers to have their rights back that they voluntarily gave up when they violated the rights of other people. The fact that this clown even has a forum for spewing his bull crap is an example of everything that is wrong with this country.

RV
RV

Before a person (any race) commits a crime, he or she has to make a choice. Do it or not to do it. Unfortunately this country has become so civilized, what happens to a doer of bad deeds is not bad enough to be a deterrent to doing the deed. Become a felon, live with the consequents the rest of your life ! Think before you act..

Faye Anderson
Faye Anderson

It's back to the future in Florida. As I note in my blog post, Florida's ex-felon disenfranchisement law dates back to the Compromise of 1877, which effectively ended Reconstruction [http://bit.ly/eVcBrZ].

Hasbeens
Hasbeens

Good post. Pay no heed to the person who lack any semblance of empathy. The fact that if you commit a crime you must suffer for the rest of your life is a disgusting thought.

I suppose paying your debt to society is infinite in Florida. Congrats Scott for showing what true conservatism espouses, a complete lack of compassion.

Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

Really, retard? When you read this, on the surface, your argument talks about cops shooting black males(most of whom[not all]) were armed and, that coupled with Rick Scott privatizing the prison system, so "taxpayers" do not have to keep criminals comfortable in jail, is the reason their is no faith in the Justice System, among blacks? Consequently, no new business' are being developed in Liberty City? On the surface, that's how this one-sided and remedial article reads. Who in their right-mind would open a business in that area without thick glass to protect them from robberies? Of course, to a certain extent, there are many people who want Liberty City to be prosperous and peaceful. But, when you have "dope-boys" running the streets and killing snitches, how is that area going to prosper? Like most sub-standard areas(no matter the race), the behavior is learned and where rehabilitation is futile. Hence, the reason very few kids make it out of the ghetto on academics, alone. How do you expect a kid to survive a life of where the mom is absent and other family members are raising the kids? One mom, 5 kids and 3 different sperm donors? Espozito's fault? Scott's Fault? Rubio's fault? There are many programs geared to help the less fortunate, millions - in fact. The only program most care about are the programs that pay monthly stipends. So, GFY, Luke. Besides your dedication to helping the youth football league and, hopefully, they will listen to you - you are a true idiot! P.S. Instead of the prison system bringing faith and hope, why doesn't the black community start in the home - just a thought! But, of course, that would make sense and, well, you are too stupid for common sense. Racist!

Doug-g
Doug-g

Gee, maybe instead of blaming the government for 20% of blacks having felony records (per your article), focus on teaching blacks from a young age not to commit felonies? I think most law abiding citizens have nothing but disgust and contempt for any felon irregardless of race. I for one could care less about a felon's right to vote. They commited the crime, they do the time and suffer with the consequences. You want more blacks to be able to vote? Keep them out of jail, don't make excuses for why they deserve to vote after commiting felonies.

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