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HOW EASY IT IS TO AMPLIFY THE WORST IN US…

February 15, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Seldom if ever do I get upset…

I think I’m pretty level headed and even tempered with this whole thing, but this post just picked at me like one of those razor bumps you see that has keloid.

rodman2006 (2 hours ago)

Who are they kidding?
The FACTS…
1. More Black men are in jail than in college. (I didn’t say “18 to 24.”)
2. One out of 5 don’t graduate from high school. Not 1 out of 2, but bad enough!

3. One out of 4 have been mired in the penal system – (probation, or are currently incarcerated). Not the same as 1 out of 3 being in jail right now, but still bad!

4. The Black women who died didn’t get AIDS from another woman! Who cares if he was down-low, or an IV drug user? He was a Black man!

 

My response:

1.(REPEATING A LIE) in 2000 where this lie originated from the Justice policy Institute and the NAACP, the data was based on a mid year forecast and was 757,000 incarceration vs. 603,000 in college. Year end census data shows (because of fall enrollment) 815,000 in colleges vs. 757,000 year end

2. (MISFOCUS) in 2005 81.1% of black men graduate high school 81.2% of black women graduate high school (no statscal signifigance) , and 84.9% of all races graduate high school.

3. (EXTRACTING STATISTIC AND APPLYING TO ENTIRE DEMOGRAPHIC) 2004 Department of justice reports 1 out 4 black men ages 20-29 are incarcerated, on parole or probation

4. (MIRE THE IMAGE OF BLACK MEN AND DISPLACING OWNESS FOR BLACK WOMENS CHOICES) CDC reports 37% of black women who have died from AIDS through 2004 contracted it from IV drug use alone.

I guess the next theory will be that a black man tied these women down and injected them with a dirty needle? Please ensure that your statistics and assumptions are correct before you continue to mire the image of black men with you allegations and condemnations. Thank You ~ One Black Man

Currently reading :
Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans
By Farai Chideya
Release date: 01 February, 1995
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