Often we have discussed here the mass incarceration of African American males going on in this countries. One of the gateways to prison it turns out are schools. We have filled our schools with cops, turned them into little police states, and used them to shuffle off black kids to the injustice system in this country. It is shocking when you actually bother to look into what is happening. Shocking, but not particularly surprising.
Mariame Kaba, whose blog Prison Culture is one of my favorites, writes,
In Chicago, where I live, each public high school is assigned two police officers at a cost of $75,000 a year each. This is in addition to security staff that already work in our schools. In Chicago and other cities across the country, the police serve as a gateway to the school-to-prison pipeline. I believe that a lack of data transparency contributes to the invisibility of this pipeline for most parents and community members.Kaba and and a fellow named Frank Edwards have done something to rip the veil off the pipeline, and have co-authored the report you will find below. I will print a short description of the report and an excerpt from the introduction, but I would recommend you all go to Policing Chicago Public Schools and read it in full...OR JUST CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.