Looks like the House and Senate have passed the Hip Hop Patriot Act and sent it to Gov. Easley to be signed into law.
I'm not really surprised.
Never under estimate the power of paranoid politicians who prey on the fears of the public during an election year nor the poverty pimps and Hip Hop Hustlers who are lining up to get their grubby hands on some of that 10 million dollars in "prevention money" in order to get new state of the art expresso machines put in their offices.
What is disturbing is the lack of media coverage of opposing voices. If you remember at the beginning of the Iraq War, the left complained about those that were opposed to the "War on Terror" were silenced by media outlets such as Fox News.
With the "War on Gangs" we see the same suppression of opposing ideologies. I guess the new rule of thumb for journalism is why confuse the people with facts ?
Why no discussion of things like constitutional violations and racial profiling? Why not poll the people in the communities most affected as to whether their child's name might be on some mysterious "Gang net" without their knowledge.
I wonder how much hush grant money it took to make the local child advocacy and anti prison groups to look the other way while this bill was being pushed.
For many ordinary citizens, the impact of this act will not hit home until their child is accused of being a gang member because of his style of clothing.
Beware the dawn of the Police State.
Yes, we must fight against death and destruction in the community but to quote the late great Black Panther leader Fred Hampton Sr. who was murdered courtesy of COINTELPRO in 1969.
"Nothing is more important than stopping fascism because fascism will to stop us all."