Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Plight of Young, Black Men Is Worse Than You Think

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any wealthy nation, with about 2.3 million people behind bars at any given moment. (That’s 730 out of 100,000, vs. just 154 for England and Wales.) There are more people in U.S. prisons than are in the country’s active-duty military. That much is well known. What’s less known is that people who are incarcerated are excluded from most surveys by U.S. statistical agencies. Since young, black men are disproportionately likely to be in jail or prison, the exclusion of penal institutions from the statistics makes the jobs situation of young, black men look better than it really is.

That’s the point of a new book, Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress, by Becky Pettit, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington. Pettit spoke on Thursday in a telephone press conference.

On the day Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, Pettit said, “there was hope that perhaps the U.S. was becoming a post-racial society.” But it wasn’t true then, and it’s not true now. The gap between blacks and whites remains wide in employment, income, wealth, and health. And as Bloomberg’s David J. Lynch reported earlier this month: “The nation’s first African-American president hasn’t done much for African-Americans.”

The unemployment rate and the employment-to-population ratio reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are based on a survey of households—people “who are not inmates of institutions (for example, penal and mental facilities and homes for the aged) and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces.” Read more....


  1. What would you expect from a group of people who memorize more rap songs than multiplication tables, from people who bully students who do acheive, from people who refuse to help the police when crime occurs in their neighborhood, from families that for generations have lived on welfare, from families where 65% are single moms only, from people who have a bastard rate of over 70%. Illegal drugs provide more income than jobs .Folks, you just can't fix something that is that broken.

    OK, prove me wrong. Easier is to just throw the race card out instead of owning up to it and starting to clean it up.

  2. Where's my obamaphone? I want my free shit.

  3. Becky, you are true to your liberal closet racism. Putting down blacks by saying only government can help them.. ln your code that you and your liberal travelers speak you act as if compassionate but in your mind blacks are zoo animals that need government keepers. Go back into your agenda 21 cesspool.

  4. Wow. Zoo animals. I forgot to bring my bananas. The "Chimp-in-charge may need one for Michelle.


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