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

Originally posted on Black America Web:

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…

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