'You can't have it all'

Editor of the Reformer:

More than 10 percent of the people in Vermont prisons are African American. Just 1 percent of people in Vermont are black. No other nation on earth incarcerates such a high percentage of its people. As of 2008, the USA had about 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population. "England's rate is 151; Germany's is 88; and Japan's is 63." That's according to "U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations," an article by Adam Liptak that appeared in the New York Times on April 23, 2008. Those numbers were virtually unchanged as of 2013.

The book "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond explains why the average black person is much poorer than the average white person. Rich people can afford better lawyers.

According to www.BernieSanders.com, "This campaign is sending a message to the billionaire class: 'you can't have it all.' You can't get huge tax breaks while children in this country go hungry." According to Sanders, one way to help the poor is by, "Making it easier for workers to join unions by fighting for the Employee Free Choice Act. One of the most significant reasons for the 40-year decline in the middle class is that the rights of workers to collectively bargain for better wages and benefits have been severely undermined."

On July 13, some 400 people marched in Brattleboro, chanting, "Black lives matter." One of the groups that organized the event has a website at www.WorkersCenter.org.


Eesha Williams, Dummerston, July 30