Thursday, December 20, 2007

Don't believe the Hype!!!

There is a gigantic misconception going around AmeriKKKa these days that is meant to demean and degrade the way the world sees Black Men. This misconception is that there are more Black Men in prison than in college. Well, this is as my wife's late great Aunt used to say, "a black-ass lie".
The main people spreading this rumor is the Amerikkkan media.
I always thought that the Amerikkkan media started this rumor. So I refused to believe what was being broadcast on CNN and Faux News 24 hours a day.
Until I heard a sound bite from presidential hopeful John Edwards. He was going on about how poverty needs to be addressed in this country and how this is the main problem for all the crime in the good 'ole US of A. Well, it doesn't take a scientist on the government's payroll to see that. To me that is common sense. If I need money to feed my family and keep a roof over my head, and I can't find a job that pays enough to do that, well... you know what comes next.
I am not saying that I condone doing anything illegal, but I understand what would drive someone to it. Whoever said money is not everything, has never been broke.
Anyway, Mr Edwards starts talking about how the Black Man is facing extinction in this country. He says the now famous line that "there are more black men in prison than in college".
Well I started thinking about that, so I decided to do a little research. This is what I found. this is an article that was written by Michael Dobbs from the Washington Post.
"According to 2005 Census Bureau statistics, the male African-American population of the United States aged between 18 and 24 numbered 1,896,000. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 106,000 African-Americans in this age group were in federal or state prisons at the end of 2005. See table 10 of this report. If you add the numbers in local jail (measured in mid-2006), you arrive at a grand total of 193,000 incarcerated young Black males, or slightly over 10 percent.
According to the same census data, 530,000 of these African-American males, or twenty eight percent, were enrolled in colleges or universities (including two-year-colleges) in 2005. That is five times the number of young black men in federal and state prisons and two and a half times the total number incarcerated. If you expanded the age group to include African-American males up to thirty or thirty five, the college attendees would still outnumber the prisoners.
So, I got to thinking.
If I can find this information in about 30 minutes by using Google, why can't a United States Presidential hopeful, with millions of dollars in his coffers and thousands of people on his payroll find this same information?
But wait it gets better. Here is another article I found by using Google. This is posted on a site called Infoplease.
80% Among blacks
age 25 and older, the proportion that had at least a high school diploma in 2005. In states such as Colorado, the proportion was even higher—90%.
17%Percentage of blacks age 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or more in 2005. In many states, the rate was higher. Twenty-six percent of blacks this age in Colorado, for instance, had this level of education.
1.1 million Among blacks age 25 and older, the number who had an advanced degree in 2005 (e.g., master’s, Ph.D., M.D. or J.D.). Ten years earlier—in 1995—only 677,000 blacks had this level of education.
2.3 million Number of black college students in fall 2004. This was an increase of roughly 1 million from 15 years earlier.
Where is Senator Edwards and all the other socially conscious people in this country getting their information?
I think I can answer that.....
Faux News, CNN, MSNBC, and all the other "news"outlets. In other words, The Amerikkkan Media!!!
I know that the number of Black Men in prison is staggering. Black Men do outnumber all other races in prison. It is a problem within our communities and our "Justice" (or is it the Just-Us) Department, and it needs to be addressed. But why fudge the numbers? What is to be gained by lying? If you were white in this country, and you heard a honorable ex Senator and Presidential Hopeful make a claim like that, what would you think?
You would probably cross the street if you saw 2 or 3 young black men coming towards you. You would lock your car doors if you happen to drive through a black neighborhood. You would design a T-shirt with the logo of a Black Baby with the comment under the picture, "Lock up all black babies, before they grow up to be criminals." (remember that from a few years ago?) You would disown your daughter if she brought a Black Man home to meet you. You would blame a Black Man for kidnapping and killing your kids to cover up your own crime.
Do I need to give anymore examples?
I said it once before on one of my first posts when I started this blog.
The AmeriKKKan media is a Black Mans biggest enemy.
And I think that I have proved my point.


brran1 said...

I never really did believe that there were more african american men in prison than there were in college. However, we don't hold a candle to our most colleges including my own, the ladies outnumber us guys 7 to 1. The only reason I think that the senator made those comments was because he either didnt do thorough enough research, or he just wanted to cause a stir with research done back in 1960. who knows

truth said...

Great post,
I'm familiar with these statistics as well and cannot believe how gullible people are sometimes. It's funny how people in this country do not challenge the things they read in the newspaper or hear on the evening news.
African Americans may be worse at this than any other group in the country. The first negative thing mentioned, especially when it relates to Black men, is quoted as gospel.
This post makes me think of this whole DL propaganda. You can go to the CDC website right now and the site states "there is no data to confirm or refute" this phenomenon is the cause of high HIV rates among African American women. Yet most people in the Black community act like it is a fact. Propaganda is a dangerous tool that can control how people think. To make long story short, I agree with you, the media is one of the many instruments used to destroy Black men's self esteem.

jjbrock said...

Thanks for a great post. I do agree with you that there is a wrong misconception about black men in this country. But we as a people have bought it hook, line and sinker. To me that is sad. look at how the media put a spin on the Vick story, Barry Bonds and any other black man that they deem worthy of destruction. I do believe that the prison system thing is going to come back and haunt this good old country one day.

daddio11 said...

Well, as will always be, the free press will fill their pages with whatever sells and demeaning a certain race is big bizness. Like I've always believed, the Clinton News Network and all the other "rags" will bend the truth to gather more readers and listeners. No matter what these people do, it is up to all of us to do the footwork and find out the truth. If we act as patsies and just follow the part line, we are as bad as the people that put it out there. We shouldn't believe what's placed in front of us just because it seems legite, but insead should go out and seek the truth. It is nice to see that you did that Red, but just don't believe that this is a view kept or believed by everyone out there. As for the fact that Edwards spurred on this rant.......What do you expect from someone who like all the other demos wants the world to suck on the demotit. You feed a world a certain line of belief and if they bite, you have them. This is what the demos live for and this is how they increase their rolls. This is the reason why I don't vote for the gimmes. Good Blog!!! Everyone, keep looking for the truth because it is out there to find. Don't take everything as face value and let's get off our ass and do the legwork. Good Job!! No let's all go vote Republican.....

M.Kam said...

this is a great post; i can't tell u how many times i've heard it from black people. hell, i thought it was true too...but this just goes to prove that we can't just take everything at face value; we need to investigate for ourselves.

i think however for some people, although its not statistically true, it may seem to ring true for them. They may see more of their male peers going to prison than they do going to college; and thats a truth for many. So I don't think its people necessarily being gullible & falling for everything that is fed to them. For some, its based on personal experience.