The persistent need I have to make myself ‘attractive,’ to fix my hair and put on lipstick - is it the false need of a ‘chauvinized’ woman, encouraged since infancy to identify her human value with her attractiveness in the eyes of men, or does it express a basic need to affirm a wholesome love for one’s body by adorning it…?
In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, known as ‘the Crime Bill,’ which perpetuated a narrative about crime and punishment that had a profoundly negative impact on Black and Brown communities. The bill—which was originally authored by then-Senator Joe Biden, remains the largest crime bill in history. It included funding for prisons and a large expansion of law enforcement but also stiff gang provisions and ‘Three Strikes’ language, all of which served to actualize a prison industrial complex we generally refer to as ‘mass incarceration.’ Today, portions of the Crime Bill, particularly its limited investment in prevention—are generally regarded as a ‘terrible mistake.’ The Crime Bill, alongside the package of laws and political orientation that criminalized addiction (e.g., War on Drugs) and reduced government support for poor people (e.g., Welfare reform), facilitated the expansion of punishment that has produced a crisis of incarceration in this country. As the nation critically examines the effects of the Crime Bill, let’s consider some of the specific impact of the law on Black women
The message from a furious public to the National Football League over the past few weeks has been clear: Charges of domestic violence should have serious consequences.
But in a sign that the outrage has expanded, a federal judge in Alabama on Thursday faced abrupt and potent pressure to resign after he was charged with striking his wife last month at a luxury hotel here.
Although District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller of the Middle District of Alabama was arrested and charged with battery in early August, it was only this week that several of his state’s top political figures demanded in rapid succession that he leave the bench.