Curtis Mayfield: After the Rain
There's hope for all
among those loved the most.
There is no room
for the hopeless sinner
who would hurt all mankind
just to save his own.
Have pity on those
whose choices grow thinner
for there's no hiding place
against the kingdom's throne.
[Note: It is important to note that most of the data that is documented in this article would not have been possible without the work of authors, Michelle Alexander, Cecil Brown, Farai Chideya, Joe Feagin, Devah Pager, William Julius Wilson and Tim Wise. I am forever grateful for their wisdom and courage.]
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (New Press, 2010)
Cecil Brown, Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department, The Disappearance of Black Americans from our Universities (North Atlantic Books, 2007)
Farai Chideya , "Holding the Media Accountable," from Black Genius, African American Solutions to African American Problems (Norton & Company, 1999)
Joe Feagin, Systematic Racism, A Theory of Oppression (Routledge, 2006)
Devah Pager, Marked, Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration (University of Chicago Press, 2007)
William Julius Wilson, More Than Just Race (Norton & Company, 2009)
Tim Wise, Speaking Treason Fluently, Anti Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male (Soft Skull Press, 2008)
All Photos: Courtesy of Curtis Mayfield website