Sunday, April 11, 2010

Black Incarceration Rates: The Community Must Manage Itself Into A More Desirable Outcome

How the mass incarceration of black men hurts black women
(Hat tip to Booker Rising for this article)

The article claims that the mass incarceration rates of Black males by the US Prison Industrial Complex has lead to a shortage of marriageable  partners for Black females to choose from.

The point that bothers me about this type of analysis is that when it comes to the fork in the road the activist community will take the well beaten path.   Their logic tells them: "If we go after the US Justice System, having it change its policies so that fewer Black males are locked up - we will have more Black men on the streets and in the pool to be chosen from".   Using this as their mantle they begin to work "on behalf of the community interests" by going to the external legislative body who has control over such policies.

The other fork in the road forces the activist to note that indeed there is a problem that is emanating from within the community.  The relatively high rates of infractions are a symptom of these problems.  The investigations will turn inward.

There are those who proclaim that a grand racial conspiracy has our world oriented as such.  The goal all along has been to "destroy the Black family".  The best way to do this is to destroy or shackle the Black male.

The point that we rarely hear is the need for the Black community to perform the "human resource management" necessary to achieve better results.

If we need "non-ex-felon men" available for marriage then the processes by which these young men are inculcated must be changed to insure that they avoid the activities that get them ensnared into jail.

The 'conspiracy theory' line of thinking has the function of removing the burden to develop an effective strategy and management therein from the backs of the community that wishes to prosper.  No longer can we allow the actions of the community spin out of line from the permanent interests of the community.


Tracy said...

Thank you, and why aren't more people reading your blog?

I'm over 40, never married professional that everyone is up in arms about. Frankly, I don't want a felon in the making for a husband - I want a responsible, loving, hard working man. IOW, a male version of me.

In this age of not hurting anyone's feelings and accepting people just as they are - good luck with getting the community to try to change anything about the current state of black males.

Nice blog, I am a Condi fan too!

Constructive Feedback said...

This blog receives about 200 views a day. The sister blog "withintheblackcommunity", about 400 views.

Few people choose to post a comment but they are reading.

KOKANE Magazine said...

I agree that we have to attack the source of the problem. However, can we honestly say that the problem is not inherent in the legislative being passed? You are suggesting that the activities must be changed to prevent black men from becoming incarcerated, however,how is that done? By bringing jobs to the black communities? Through what means when the percentage of blacks capable of opening and establishing jobs prefer to deal with black elites and whites. Because in the Black elites mind, the problem of our race is the black masses.
Second, education, how do you encourage higher education when so many of us are returning back home, because we cant get the jobs we need to reflect the strenuous achievement of a higher education? So yes, I believe in accountability on both sides. But even more, it is important to understand that the laws, practices and legislation that are enacted heavily affecting our community is a result of a capitalistic system. So then the problem evolves into, how do we combat an economic force without any economic power?

It's a good start, but we have to think realistically.

@Tracy... "good luck with getting the community to try to change anything about the current state of black males" its this minimal thinking that contributes to the lack of unity in our community. This isn't a black male problem, we are a community and thus our thinking and actions must reflect that.