Through the recession, Black and Latino families have been hit the hardest leading to the highest disparity of wealth in a quarter century. Unemployment rates for minorities are twice as high as those of whites. The average net worth of a white person is 20 times higher than that of Blacks.
In Norwalk, Conn., Tanya McDowell, a homeless mother, has been charged with first-degree larceny and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine as a result of enrolling her son in her babysitter’s school district. Prosecutors claim that McDowell “stole education” and should have enrolled her five-year-old son in the significantly poorer urban district of Bridgeport, where McDowell had last resided.
Mumia Abu-Jamal — author, journalist, innocent political prisoner — on prison abolition.