Black Students Call for University of California Divestment from Private Prisons, as America Continues to Get Rich Exploiting the Bodies of Young Black Men
By David Love
As Black bodies are assaulted, disrespected and taken out in the streets, so too are they used, abused and manipulated for profit behind prison walls. Black lives matter wherever they are, including the prisons, where the new slavery operates, and corporations, schools and other institutions profit from Black men, and Black people in general.
This week, the Black Student Unions of the nine undergraduate University of California campuses passed a resolution demanding university divestment from private prisons, as the Contra Costa Times reported. The resolution also calls for a ban on such investments in the future.
“If we truly believe that #BlackLivesMatter from the hood to the academy, we must stand with our brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins and extended family members who are currently incarcerated or are at a higher risk of incarceration because of their very Blackness,” said a statement from the Afrikan Black Coalition.
According to a university spokesperson, UC invests $23 million in private prisons. The students also have called on the university to divest from Wells Fargo as long as it profits from private prisons, and reinvest the funds in education or businesses owned or operated by the formerly incarcerated.
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