In fact, America started imprisoning blacks en masse after the civil war.
“So when we want to talk about mass incarceration, we can’t talk about mass incarceration without talking about disability because once the psychiatric facilities were shut down in the 70s and 80s people started funneling people with disabilities into prisons instead.”
Merle Baldridge, 42, is fifth generation deaf. “I’m deaf, my family’s deaf… We’ve been deaf for over a hundred years, you know, we’re proud and strong,” he told MintPress News from Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland, Oregon, where he has been interned since 2011 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. In April