Black Men and Jail System

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“We ain’t thugs for the sake of bein’ thugs. Nobody do that where we grew up at nigga, duh! The poverty line we not above. So I come in the mask and gloves ‘cause we ain’t feelin’ the love. We ain’t doin’ crime for the sake of doin’ crimes. We movin’ dimes ‘cause we ain’t doin’ fine. One out of three of us is locked up doin’ time. You know what this could do to a Nigga’s mind? My mind on my money, money on my mind. If you owe me ten dollars, you ain’t givin’ me nine! Yall ain’t give me 40 acres and a mule. So I got my glock 40 now I’m cool.” Jay-Z Imagine waking up every morning hungry. Rather than just driving down to your local fast food spot, you can not even afford a dollar hamburger from McDonald’s. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of gunfire, rather than the sound of crickets. These conditions sound like the middle of a war zone or third world country, but to the contrary, this is the environment that many black high school students live in. It may seem a little inappropriate to start a paper off with rap lyrics, but to properly represent the voice of young black males, it is extremely appropriate. The fact is that the young black male in today’s society is angry and resentful towards white people. The main reason is for the treatment of their slave ancestors. Seeing successful whites while they are struggling in the slums of America is not fair to the African-American community. Although there have been numerous pleas from black support groups like the NAACP for fair and equal treatment have fallen on deaf ears for these young men. As a result of this many of them have turned to crime. The rate at which black makes are being trapped in the prison system is very alarming. Today African Americans make up 62% of imprisoned drug offenders, although they are only 13.5 of the national population. One out of every 115 black makes enters prison each year on a felony drug conviction, compared with one out of every 1,150 white men...
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