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Wednesday, March 01, 2006State of Black America...
In January, I wrote a post about a campaign of misinformation that was in response to someone who I thought was a liberal Democrat who turned moderate Democrat who is now spewing out Republican talking points. Some statistics were given and the conclusion was this: we are not doing so bad although X number of black men are in jail, there are more college age black men in college than in jail. I was so disappointed with that post I could have screamed. The reality is far different. Michael Fauntroy wrote an interesting piece that demonstrates that African Americans are in a crisis. Michael thinks everyone even if they have blurry vision will be able to see this crisis. Contrary to what he thinks, there are many black people with blurry vision, especially black Republicans and some moderate Democrats.
According to the Children’s Defense Fund, a Black public school student is suspended every four seconds, corporally punished every 34 seconds, and drops out of high school every 50 seconds. A Black child is arrested every minute. A Black child is born into poverty every two minutes. A Black child is born without health insurance every five minutes. Add to that Justice Department statistics that show that nearly a third of Black men in their 20s have criminal records and 8% of all Black men between the ages of 25 and 29 are behind bars. Anyone with even blurry vision can see the storm that is engulfing Black America.