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the scandal in Tulia Texas . . . forty African-Americans were arrested and charged with being part

of a cocaine drug ring only to discover a white undercover officer, Tom Coleman, (who

fled prosecution on theft charges on a previous job as a law enforcement official)

 

 

 Texas Justice

By Junious Ricardo Stanton

 

"This year Dallas residents learned that their police department had been convicting and deporting people for cocaine sales that had never happened. What made the cases particularly bizarre was the police didn't even bother to plant actual cocaine, the arrests were made on the basis of planted sheetrock powder. Now sheetrock made from mineral gypsum powder and the organic chemical cocaine don't bear much chemical similarity to each other . . . so the Dallas DA office simply maintained a policy of not having the sheetrock "cocaine" tested by the county forensic lab unless cases went to court. To avoid trials, plea bargains were foisted upon the mostly working class and small business owner Mexican immigrant victims who were naturally in a state of shock after being arrested for 'crimes' that never happened."-Bill Walker http://www.aci.net/kelliste 

While perusing a list of links on current events I decided to check one out. Going to the site, I selected an article about a police narcotics unit drug scam in Dallas Texas. The article chronicled how once Dallas police made an arrest the District Attorney's office never sent the confiscated "cocaine" to a forensics lab for testing. In almost all of the cases, the working class and small merchant Mexican immigrants plea bargained for lesser sentences or deportation because they feared they would be sent to jail for long sentences even though they were innocent of any wrong doing. But in the eighteen cases where defense lawyers demanded testing, it turned out to be powdered gypsum the material used in sheetrock! As a result over forty cases were dismissed. 

The tragedy is that many innocent Mexicans were deported and their property confiscated. Reading about that case, I immediately reviewed and compared it to the scandal in Tulia Texas where forty African-Americans were arrested and charged with being part of a cocaine drug ring only to discover a white undercover officer, Tom Coleman, (who fled prosecution on theft charges on a previous job as a law enforcement official) was the sole witness in the arrests. In the Tulia cases the undercover police officer worked alone and provided no collaborating backup audio or visual evidence beyond his word against the people he arrested which resulted in convictions and lengthy jail sentences for many first time offenders. 

Another article mentioned a case in Hearne Texas where state prosecutors were forced to dismiss charges on seventeen residents, all African-Americans, who were arrested on the testimony of a police informant who later failed a polygraph test on the issue of tampering with the evidence. In still another case in San Antonio eight police officers were arrested and charged with protecting cocaine shipments into and around the city.  Is there a nefarious plot going on here? Texas has historically been an oppressive place for people of color. The horror stories of their chain gangs and prison abuses are legendary (although no worse than some other places). 

Keep in mind that current white house resident George W. Bush was the governor of Texas where he gleefully ordered the execution of over thirty inmates. This from a man who professes to be a "born again Christian". I suspect if he were called on it he would just say "I was following the law." It never occurred to Dubeyah to take the bold step like the governor of Illinois and order a moratorium on capital punishment. Back to the drug arrests, the alarming common threads in all these cases are: people of color (African-Americans and Mexicans) were the targets of these arrests and the collaborative malfeasance of the police and prosecutors. 

This is another example of how the law has been used to destabilize our community through profiling and stigmatization of people of color as drug dealers, and through incarcerating huge numbers of our people, often on bogus charges by over zealous or racist police-prosecutorial tandems. Nation wide, black and brown folks are being arrested using the so called War on Drugs as a tool to incarcerate and ruin the lives of countless little people while someone like the daughter of Jeb Bush is repeatedly given breaks. 

Prison construction is at an all time high. AmeriKKKa now warehouses over two million of its mostly black and brown residents. Couple this with the moves of states like Florida to disenfranchise convicted felons it becomes a triple whammy. Not only does it place more black folks in jail, it reduces the available jury pool and the voter rolls! The most revealing aspects of all of this is that the lawmakers aren't stupid, they know what's wrong, in many instances they are loath to correct it.

POSITIVELY  BLACK   Junious Ricardo Stanton jrswriter@comcast.net   

 posted 30 July 2002

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Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America's shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, "Happy can make you money, but money can't make you happy."

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The New Jim Crow

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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