A New Jim Crow Stadium? Florida School Names Stadium After Prison Company

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  • Call it the stadium that got its name by way of the new Jim Crow.

    Scores of football players, many of them black, will be making money for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., by catching passes, making tackles, and scrambling into the end zone.

    And from the looks of things, those FAU Owls may wind up playing in a stadium named for a company that built its wealth not by capitalizing on the physicality of black people, but on their mistakes.

    The university, it seems, is bound and determined to sell naming rights to its new stadium to GEO Group – the nation’s second-largest private prison corporation. One of the juvenile detention facilities GEO operated in Mississippi, Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, was so badly run that, according to National Public Radio, a federal judge wrote that it allowed “a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate, the sum of which places the offenders at substantial ongoing risk.”

    GEO officials told NPR that the abuses occurred before it took over in late 2010. Federal officials, however, dispute that.

    But in spite of that dubiousness GEO’s chairman, who has two degrees from FAU, is ponying up $6 million for the right to emblazon his company’s name on the stadium. As such, the move has sparked protests from students and community leaders, who are calling the stadium “Owlcatraz.”

    Yet the school’s president, Mary Jane Saunders, doesn’t appear to be budging. She even went as far as to say that the gift was given with love.

    Yeah, like the love GEO gave to the youths at Walnut Grove.

    Still, it was only a matter of time before something like this would happen; before a private prison enriched by the mass incarceration of black people, and black males in particular, over minor drug crimes, would try to attach its notoriety to something more prestigious than the rural, mostly-white towns whose economies they have built.

    This is maddening on a number of levels.

    One is the fact that around 17 percent of FAU’s 30,000 students are black.  To name a stadium after a corporation that, besides apparently subjecting juveniles to abusive conditions in one of its facilities, also benefits from incarcerating scores of black people, is insensitive and insulting.

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    7 thoughts on “A New Jim Crow Stadium? Florida School Names Stadium After Prison Company

    1. Thanks for every other great post. The place else could anybody get that kind of information in such
      an ideal method of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

    2. Pingback: Black Mass Incarceration —- Is It New? Is It Jim Crow? Is the Prison-Industrial Complex Real? And What Difference Does It Make | Moorbey'z Blog

    3. It’s not like the company does the actual sentencing. The school could use the money and the company offered it. I don’t quite understand how the article tries to portray black people as victims of their past mistakes yet mainly attacks the stadium decision because of the past mistakes of the company.

    4. hi well isn’t that just so so peachie, why would she let down the unv. like that. the ncaa should look into that, its not postive at all.

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