America’s Fortress of Blood: The Death of George Jackson and the Birth of the Prison-Industrial Complex

Dan Berger

Abstract


In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again. A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. His body is then left outside for four hours. The shocking gore of the situation sparks countless protests around the country calling for an end to racism. Meanwhile, popular attention to the incident prompts investigations into the young man killed, leading some critics to suggest that his working-
class background and alleged criminal activities somehow make his death justifiable.

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#BlackLivesMatter

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ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness. ISSN: 1543-0855 (online).
Editor: Dr. Sonjah Nadine Stanley-Niaah.

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