For some kids with white skin privilege, and holding the class privileges, or the money, to enjoy it, the ‘Sixties’ in the States was a time for free experimentation and more freedom. This was especially true for those lucky ones that lived in big American coastal cities, like Boston, NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And for artist-musicians, the times had definitely changed, with a tidal wave of clear blue paradise that washed over the music-cultural scenes, from street concerts, cafe jams to three-day music festivals.
For the ‘others,’ and especially Black and Latino working class kids, the times were not that different. Change did not really happen, and in fact, the fascism got worse. Now, the US government emerged even stronger, and even more sophisticated in its manipulations and attacks. The monsters would hand out some economic aid to certain sectors in the racialized substratum, while other unfortunates stuck in the bars of poverty received the donut cop’s stick and the prison cell for longer stints than mass killers. This is exactly what happened to an African-American street hustler kid, named George Jackson.
As a teenager, he entered the street hustling world as a petty thief, and finally, for hitting a gas station at the age of 18, the state judicial system handed him a life imprisonment sentence. Jackson resigned himself to this terrible fate, or actually, his living death within the confines of the prison walls. Yet, he used his prison time prudently through becoming a voracious reader. Before prison, he was barely literate, yet within a few years, he transformed himself into an encyclopedia of radical history, conflict sociology, and Marxist philosophy. Jackson now walked the same path as the revolutionary Malcolm X.
The American Prison-Gulag destroys most inmates, yet George Jackson transcended it. Even when the prison authorities tried to silence him by throwing him in solitary confinement, or ‘the hole,’ he still read and wrote insatiably. He was able to have two books published from his erudite letters to supporters, ‘Soledad Brother’ and ‘Blood in my Eye.’
George Jackson was no fool either. He knew that the California state prison authorities were going to assassinate him. He became a field marshal for the Black Panther Party and began to successfully organize Black, White and Latino inmates in prison. The Hole, guard attacks, and isolation periods did not seem to work, so they transferred him to another prison. Even after the prison transfer, he still kept busy at his revolutionary work inside of the gulag inferno.
In 1971, the prison authorities finally set him up, and he went down to his last fight – by killing, two prison bum guards before sacrificing his own life as a revolutionary martyr. Only two years later, across the continent, Black, White and Latino prisoners united to successfully take the Attica Prison in New York. The governor of New York at the time was one of the Rockefeller thugs. He sent in the State Police for the murder rap, and he made sure that the prison revolt ringleaders died in the process.
The Rockefellers were no fools either, and they had lots of practice in the art of murder. Think on and look up the Ludlow Massacre of 1914. They were just always smart enough, and rich enough, to have other criminals do the murders for them. George Jackson died a revolutionary martyr, but he was not the only one, nor was he one of the few exceptions that have suffered at the claws of Amerikan injustice.
Millions of others have died terrible deaths, and still die terrible deaths, through the evil grasps of the Amerikan prison system. It is now the largest in the world, in both the actual number of prisoners-parolees, almost seven million, and in the percentage of prisoners to the general population, now two percent of the general population. This same nefarious system also has the most severe punishments and prison sentences in the world. The entire Amerikan system of legalism, legal law miasma, state prosecutor misconduct, and prison construction, has transformed the American landscape into a dangerous Prison Sociopath.
Thousands of prisoners still rot in the system’s dungeons due to crimes committed during the same 1960s of George Jackson’s time! No other gulag system in the world contains such prisoners from over forty years ago. Almost all of the prisoners that still endure the loss of their lives from the sixties, seventies and eighties, remain in lockup due to their political crimes against the system, such as the donut cops and the bogus authorities. Their crimes were simply fighting against the Amerikan Empire.
They are political prisoners, but the United States government represents the only government in the world that does not recognize such political prisoners. Even the British Empire eventually recognized the political status of IRA prisoners after the Hunger Strikes. Only, serial killers like Charles Manson still reside within the prison walls for the same amount of time. Yet, murderers, rapists, robbers and career criminals have had less time served than our ‘political prisoners,’ or as the US state apparatus murderers categorically state, ‘convicted terrorists.’
A Cuban right-wing terrorist that blew up an airplane walks around Miami as a freeman, while a killer of one of the Kennedys has his parole repeatedly denied after over forty years of time served. Politicians annually add more laws on the books to ensnare more and more US citizens in the felon and prison web. Yet, the elites that do mass robbery through cooking the banks’ books, pushing flim-flam mortgages on naive buyers, or robbing account holders through numerous fees, or even the generals that have committed murder and genocide through mass warfare, have either received light fines, severance salaries, or federal government payouts. This same legal system has a complete two-tiered judicial system, one for the political-economic-military elites and another one for the rest of us. The state criminals refuse to acknowledge such as travesty.
This unacknowledged two-tiered justice system is the reason why the laws are so convoluted and increase daily within the skank legislative halls and closed judicial chambers. The political-economic-military elites can pay good lawyers to skip around the legal miasma, while the rest of us have to endure the legal fiat of the appointed judge and the double entendre of the district or state attorney. This is the great Amerikan legal fraud.
The district or state attorney receives the reports from the police or state agencies against the defendant. Then, the DA simply adds a greater list of charges to the indictment, since the DA has the sole legal rights to press charges. The politically ambitious state attorney then throws ‘the book’ or the long list of charges against the defendant’s attorney. The defense attorney has no other choice then to advise the defendant to plead guilty to the lesser charges. This infernal method has the innocuous name of ‘plea bargaining.’ Now we know the true reason why the Amerikan prison gulag keeps growing exponentially.
With the annual increase of felony loads against the citizenry, and for the most inoffensive of ‘crimes,’ will all of the forced plea-bargaining from the state, the defendant has no chance in the ‘court of law.’ In most American large cities, public defenders must endure heavy backlogs of cases. The malefactors that run this legal system have concocted a mastery of evil. The politically ambitious prosecutors will convict the innocent in order to prove their toughness on crime; meanwhile, they will protect the donut cops from their thefts, tortures and murders. The police forces do have a reputation to uphold.
Driving on America’s highways and byways, one sees the growth of the prison industry, both state and private ones. Prisons have even become one of the most lucrative industries for many states. The Amerikan Empire, or the United States, has become the greatest jailer and legislator of unjust laws in world history. The Amerikan prison-gulag has thus transformed itself through creating its own political economy. The Amerikan prison-industrial complex regularly employs forced inmate labor at slave wages, gouges indigent prisoners on telephone calls, and even fines prisoners for their own jail time! The Prison Sociopath is alive and eating. Let this essay be a warning to those that live inside of this Imperial Beast.