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LauraK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:49 PM
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Rising Incarceration Among Blacks
Black families' gains in income and education are being undermined at least to some degree by rising incarceration rates and a persistent unemployment gap compared with whites, the Urban League says in its latest report on the state of black America. ..

An increase in the black population in prisons. Though blacks make up about 12 percent of the nation's population, they account for nearly half of the people in prison, says Ernest Drucker, author of an essay on incarceration.

That divides families more than half of incarcerated men have children who are minors, Drucker says.

The incarceration disparities have been fueled by drug enforcement policies that have harsher effects on blacks, says James Lanier of the Urban League's Institute for Opportunity and Equality. He cites data showing that blacks account for 13 percent of the nation's drug users, but 35 percent of drug arrests and 53 percent of drug convictions. ..

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Ponderer Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:51 PM
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1. Criminal record contribute like half of the black unemployment
Sad, really.
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liberalmike27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 11:01 PM
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2. Saddest Thing is...
That was the Republican plan, all the way back to the Reagan years, and Democrats aren't too much better, they never fought back. Maybe this sounds crazy to you, but I think making fairly innocuous crimes felonies, where people can't vote even after they get out of prison, does a fairly effective job of keeping blacks, who vote 9 of 10 for Democrats (which maybe they don't necessarily deserve), from voting.
From what I can tell, eight of ten on various message boards thing the drug war is a bunch of crap. I don't think at least the decriminalization of pot would be such a devastating issue anymore. This eight of ten by the way, crosses into conservative territory.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 11:05 PM
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3. And White Executives that rob people of their Life's Savings
in their 401K accounts (a la Enron) are scott free. There's no difference between that and the guy that robs you on the street, except these execs probably have more victoms.
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Resistance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 02:43 PM
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11. good point
it's like the Palestinian who is 'suspected' of involvement with a militant group can have a bomb dropped on his car, yet the United States sends billions to the terrorist IDF each year. Clearly, there is 'good' crime, and 'bad' crime.
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 11:30 PM
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4. This is why Ashcroft goes ballistic
over the states that legalize medical marijuna. Once the public sees that this works, they will start treating drug addiction as a medical problem and not a criminal problem. Then all these black men will compete with white men for jobs AND they will vote.
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jiacinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 11:31 PM
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5. This is why programs like Headstart are important
nt
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 01:03 AM
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w13rd0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 05:24 AM
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7. That was a little uncalled for...
...no, Headstart, and programs like it, involving early intervention (and not just with 'black people'), can play an important role in a childs development. What's so outlandish about that?
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Cheswick2.0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 05:39 AM
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8. Actually if you know anything about Headstart
you would know that headstart is important for the very reason that it employs low income people trying to help low income kids get a "headstart". You have to chip away at the problem where you can. Poor black kids, just like poor white kids, who have parents who are using drugs and spending time in prison, need all the extra help they can get. It is intervention to stop the cycle of drug use, lack of education and poverty. Do you have a problem with that?
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Nambe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 02:54 PM
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12. Head Start has been a standing model for Native Americans!
The wealthy Reservation in Oregon (Warm Springs) has hosted education researchers from Europe and Russia for years, specifically here to look at the very effective Head Start program. The tribes will support the program nation wide if federal funding is lost. They can also hurt the federal programs on the reservation which have been allowed as a courtesy. I wish the states had similar opportunities to fight back.
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are_we_united_yet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 02:15 PM
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10. Didnt read it
But I'm sure your an asshole!
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 02:12 PM
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9. Well..
the cities are strapped for cash partly because of Bush's economy. Unfortunately, many of those in poor inner city sections are minorities, and they suffer. Yet another reason for minorities to vote against Bush!
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