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Awareness precedes change…

And we’re not the only ones talking about it. The US continues its fall from its potential and precedent as noted keenly by Arthur Goldwag in his Truthout.org article, seemingly regardless of who’s running for the White House. If we’re striving for true change, where should we turn? Goldwag’s insightful review of Howard Steven Friedman’s latest book, The Measure of a Nation, offers a blunt and empirical wake up call for the awareness that is needed if significant change is going to take place in order to turn America back from just a great idea and into execution. Noting from Friedman, Goldwag focuses on the lack of attention given to the poor, minority communities citing our negligence towards them as the reason why we’re so far behind in quality of life indicators such as education, voter participation, life expectancy, incarcerating, amenable deaths, health care, and other areas. To paraphrase Goldwag, incarcerating the minority is ignoring the problem when we should be more attentive to the community if we are to make a priority of making the US the best country it once was.

Rania Khalek on racist mass incarceration

“The US has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, more than any other nation. and has five percent of the world’s population. The costs fall predominately on racial minorities. African-Americans make up 13 percent of the population and 40 percent of US prisoners.”

Activists rallied outside the Justice Department in Washington DC reminding us of our propensity for mass incarceration. Reporting for Truth-out.org, Rania Khalek links the US’s incarceration rates to racial injustices throughout the system in his article.