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    Most Americans do not consider "felons" to be actual people.

    Here in America, we have a special designation for sub-humans: we call them "felons".

    Once designated as a "felon", one becomes an it or a thing, but is no longer worthy of consideration as a fellow human.  Felons lose their right to freedom, the right to privacy, to protections from discrimination in housing and on the job, and in many cases, the right to vote.

    If you remember that most of the people designated as "felons" are black and brown-skinned, and that the system for determining who is and who isn't a felon is highly biased by skin color, we see that our prison system primarily functions as a way to uphold and enforce racism.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:52:09 AM PDT

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