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  •  BOHICA: bear in mind the same system also (8+ / 0-)

    got used, and still does, to create "prison labor" throughout the US.

    Not everybody on a chain gang was black, for instance.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:15:31 PM PST

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    •  But I believe most were (0+ / 0-)

      and certainly, the number of black prisoners was extraordinarily disproportionate to their population. That's something that hasn't changed, but perhaps it was even worse during the days of Jim Crow.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:36:25 AM PST

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      •  Possibly dependent on the states involved (1+ / 0-)
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        I seem to recall that the "road gangs" I sometimes saw in Texas, Oklahoma, or Missouri in my childhood had as many, if not more, Latino-looking workers as black. Whites were not absent, either.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:42:14 AM PST

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