Mr. Samuel Yette

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, January 27, 2011

I was sadden to learn of the passing of Mr. Samuel Yette. Many of you may remember his seminal book, "The Choice." It was written in 1971, after a stint in the Johnson Administration. He alerted the community to the rise of the prison industrial complex. I had the opportunity to meet him in 1972, when he spoke at a breakfast at Union Baptist Church. He discussed how plans were being made to privatize prisons and the profitability of privatization was depended upon the increased incarceration rates of people of color. How true and prophetic he was! He discussed how major corporate interests were taking control of community orientated training and jobs programs as a way to create income and increase corporations bottom lines. True again! I commend anyone to read, "The Choice." It should be mandatory reading for any person between the ages of 16 - 21 years. Mr. Sam Yette, a true prophet for all time!

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