We’re now spending in some states $45,000 a year to keep a 19 year old in prison for the next 30 years for drug possession. What could we do if we spent half that amount of money on that 19 year old when he’s 5, 6, 7 [years old]? Economic justice would say ‘let’s not wait until we’ve arrested them at 18 or 19 and spend 45k a year on them. Let’s spend half of that a year on them between 5 and 18 and see what … kind of an America we can create if we invest in deconstructing the [systems of poverty].
Dr. Cornel West at the Occupy Wall Street protest Tuesday evening. [Photo: @linktothepast86]
Sometimes I think Cornel West needs to remember Obama doesn’t owe him shit and stop mentioning not getting invited to the White House…
But this? Yes.