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Friday, July 20, 2007

One in Three Black Men Imprisoned in Their Lifetimes in America

According to a Sentencing Project Report...

What are we doing in the country? What a disgrace to our entire society! In any society where the entire society is plagued by it's own failure that SO disproportionately affects one segmented group of that society, the entire society is a failure...

This is a crisis in America! This is an emergency! Won't anybody do anything????

5 comments:

Mike said...

Maybe the niggers should do something like idk stop committing crimes....

Crawford's Take said...

Wow... this actually does not deserve a response, but just so you know more than 69.13% of the prison population in this country is actually white... http://www.censusscope.org/us/chart_race.html

I'm leaving it out here just so everyone can see that my cries that racist American's still exist in larger numbers than many think in this country are not unfounded...

MaryRW said...

You're right, Renee. Mike's comment proves your point, but I don't think you need to go so far as to thank him. Although we have come a long way, we still have a very long way to go. Peace be with you, and your readers -- each and every one of them, even Mike.

Alison said...

This is a disturbing comment, but not altogether surprising. It seems that Mike uses offensive and terse language to describe a misconception that is fairly widespread in our society- that the racial disparities in incarceration and the criminal justice system exist because racial minorities commit more crimes than do white folks.
The only problem is, those of us who have done our homework on these issues know that the "black people just commit more crimes" myth is dead wrong.
In fact, racial disparities in incarceration took off as governments cracked down on drug crimes. Across every age category and every drug, whites have higher levels of drug use than do blacks with the exception of older African Americans and crack cocaine. The difference is that drug crimes are policed proactively - you find them where you decide to look for them, and we decide to look for them disproportionately in lower-income, minority communities.
It may be completely useless to attempt to "convert" people who have misinformed ideas about race and crime, but as long as folks like Mike are around here, reading our posts, the best we can do is to dispel myths through education. Here's hoping he comes back and keeps reading. Maybe he'll learn something. Renee- keep up the good work!

MaryRW said...

Hear, hear, Alison! Very well said!