Kanye West, “New Slaves” and a Long Tradition of Locking People Up for Profit
 

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project 05/24/2013
Projecting his latest music video onto the sides of 66 buildings around the world over the weekend, Kanye West debuted his new song, “New Slaves.” He rapped:

I know that we the new slaves…Meanwhile the DEA, teamed up with the CCAThey tryina lock n—-s up, they tryna make new slavesSee that’s the privately owned prison, get your piece todayThey prolly all in the Hamptons, braggin ‘bout what they made

Though his subsequent equation of Hampton wives with Hampton property raises some troubling questions, Kanye is right to call out CCA, the Corrections Corporation of America, for how it ‘gets [its] piece’ in our national overincarceration epidemic.

They tryina lock n—-s up, they tryna make new slaves

Today, there are more African-American adults under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War.
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Kanye West, “New Slaves” and a Long Tradition of Locking People Up for Profit

 

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project 05/24/2013

Projecting his latest music video onto the sides of 66 buildings around the world over the weekend, Kanye West debuted his new song, “New Slaves.” He rapped:

I know that we the new slaves…
Meanwhile the DEA, teamed up with the CCA
They tryina lock n—-s up, they tryna make new slaves
See that’s the privately owned prison, get your piece today
They prolly all in the Hamptons, braggin ‘bout what they made

Though his subsequent equation of Hampton wives with Hampton property raises some troubling questions, Kanye is right to call out CCA, the Corrections Corporation of America, for how it ‘gets [its] piece’ in our national overincarceration epidemic.

They tryina lock n—-s up, they tryna make new slaves

Today, there are more African-American adults under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War.

Read more>

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