1994 – When have we seen this again with all black men singing a positive message to the world on such a show titled American Music Awards…?
We need more positive messages being given to our communities. White corporate America has taken advantage and used poverty within Black communities to exploit our people with violent messages and images in hip hop and film. To paint a picture of us as a violent people, a people who not know the true meaning of family. To fatten their pockets and satisfy their racist driven thirst for control, white American has turned this government into a corporate driven system. The unjust penal system, the building of prisons with the agenda of black & brown filled cells.
- From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people.
- Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.
- Combining the number of people in prison and jail with those under parole or probation supervision, 1 in ever y 31 adults, or 3.2 percent of the population is under some form of correctional control.
- African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population.
- African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites.
- Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population.
- According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%.
- Drug Sentencing Disparities
- About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug.
- 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites.
- African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.
- African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project).
But Black & Brown people are told and expected to rely on this system to follow through with an unbiased system of so-called justice. No, it is the exact opposite of that and they wonder why we are angry. No justice, no peace.
Read more at http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet