12 Jul War on the Black Man: Imprisonment and Recidivism
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the war on drugs was perpetrated to imprison educated, enlightened black men. This came as no surprise for those who are aware of the government and it’s long history of institutionalized racism. Unfortunately, it didn’t ignite a conversation that needed to be had on how to reprimand the enforcers and how to compensate those who fell victim to this system.
The incarceration rate is extreme. There are more black men in prison in the U.S., than the nine most populated countries combined. China and India alone, have a population of over 2.5 billion yet their incarceration rate is not even close to how many black men we have in prison.
This epidemic has been damaging to the black community. Black families have been dismantled, due to felonies laws we have lost our voice, and it excludes men from gaining a chance to become productive citizens of society. Especially when you consider that nearly 10% of our population goes to prison before the age of 25 and one-third of all black men will have spent some time in jail.
The media tries to portray this stereotype that black men are immoral but it is the system. The system has ALWAYS had an agenda to keep the black man as a slave. It began with slavery. It transitioned to chain gangs where whites would throw black men in jail for a lifetime for a petty crime such as whistling at a white woman. Now it is imprisonment on a drug offense that will soon be obsolete.