Quentin Tarantino: Drug War, Justice System Are Modern-Day Slavery

Not that anyone in Washington is likely to be listening, but bad boy film director Quentin Tarantino makes a very good point. Movieline reports on his interview with disinformation ally Strombo:

Quentin Tarantino says slavery continues in the United States.  The outspoken filmmaker — whose spaghetti southern Django Unchained unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery — stoked the debate on race Tuesday night when he appeared on the Canadian television talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight to suggest that the United States’ “war on drugs” and  its “mass incarcerations” of black men is “just slavery through and through.”

Tarantino didn’t cite these figures, but he could have: According to the  New York Times, half of the 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail are black, an astonishing figure when compared to 2011 U.S. Censusinformation that indicates blacks comprise only 13.1 percent of the country’s population.

In other words, he’s got a point, and this is a conversation our country should stop avoiding…


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  • http://twitter.com/PuterPrsn PuterPrsn

    Perhaps it’s time to take a long hard look at how African American families are deteriorating and losing their moral compass. Used to be, the grandmothers and aunties would keep the children in line. With more and more out-of-wedlock children and fewer with family members living with them, these children grow up with negative information from local gangs and end up in trouble.

    • http://twitter.com/BrnssVonTnklhsn BrnssVonTnklhsn

      Even if that were the prevalent issue at hand, the state can’t intervene in how family units organise themselves. It can, however, change how its institutions function.

    • BuzzCoastin

      What a bunch of racist horseshit!

      American Whites have wagged an unrelenting race war against US Blacks for centuries
      and it still goes on today;
      which the primary reason for the breakdown of social order in the Black community.

    • smooth_operator

      That’s happening because the socio-economic situation in America is deteriorating and racism is institutionalized. Double damage for our African American brothers and sisters.

    • kowalityjesus

      thats not untrue in a respect, but of course drastically overgeneralized as everything is when dealing with descendants from an entire freakin continent and the diversity of situations those people are in.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    White society is still grappling with the ‘Negro Question’; “the acceptability of using Black slaves…”
    First it was slavery, now it’s the prison industry. Making money off Black people!

  • davakins

    I have seen it first hand: once a black man gets into the jaws of the system he is going to get some prison time that is totally disproportionate to whatever crime he commits. Then, when he gets out or gets probation, he is relegated to a system designed by people that do not relate in any way to him. Don’t worry, caucasians without money or connections suffer the same. We are all getting hosed, though, perhaps approaching the subject as something that we all have to deal with could help to make people see that the only colors that matter are green and gold.