It is no shock to state the obvious that there are more Blacks and Latinos in prison across our nation. Everyone knows it but doesn’t discuss it. It is not in the political forefront because heath care reform and the economy take first place with any politician’s interests. We have accepted the fact that there will be no shortage of Black and Latino offenders eating up our tax dollars, and more prisons built to house their growing numbers. We would rather see them behind bars than in college dorms and behind fancy office doors. That is the sad reality, my friend.
Here are the sobering statistics. The prison population across America is 70% Black and Latino. A majority of Americans surveyed demand harsher punishment as their racial disparity and racial resentments continue to grow. You will not find prison systems addressing this nor even acknowledging this fact. The ones who run prisons across the country are selectively colorblind and turn a blind eye toward the phenomenon that increases it’s girth and public mass hysteria towards minorities.
Do you think India is the only one with a caste system? Think again! America has one too, but no one talks about it or even acknowledges it.
When the study was executed and Americans were asked, ‘do you think that the best way to reduce crime is to address the social problems that cause crime like bad schools, poverty, and joblessness or to make sure criminals are caught, convicted, and punished, or that we should do something in between, or haven’t you thought much about this?’ Many Americans pointed the blame to those of minority race. Moreover, they cited that if the Irish, Jewish, Italians, and other minorities overcame prejudice and raised themselves up from poverty, so could Blacks and Latinos. The later two races were blamed for the lack or inability to take responsibility for their plight, to exert effort and energy into overcoming their issues, and blaming white people for their predicament, including the slavery era.
Couple this with 55% of Americans favoring the death penalty, you could easily surmise that we are in affect controlling or eliminating one by one Blacks and Latinos from the population- population control, if you will. Most Americans from the above cited survey don’t regard Blacks and Latinos as having intelligence, trustworthiness, and good work ethic. Though comparing these sentiments to Hitler’s regime is a bit over the top, it has some uncanny resemblances, don’t you think?
Are we tough enough on crime? Conservatives think it’s the family moral decay, and many of my family members agree. Do we have enough family values? Do Blacks and Latinos possess enough of these qualities?
An article published on February 24th of this year indicates President Barack Obama is funding more government money towards prisons that inadvertently embolden prison policies to put more Blacks and Latinos behind bars. Was our President aware when he shoved these millions of dollars into prison officials’ pockets that he would be indirectly to blame for his own brothers’ demise? Or, did our President just think that allotting these government funds would make conservative politicians and Americans shut about his typical liberal views and in essence pacify them?
Consider New York prisons, one of the highest prison systems in America, California ranking first. In 1970, there were 12,579 people in prisons in that state. In 2000, there were 71,466 people in prison. Today there are approximately 59,000 prisoners in the state. Crime has not decreased since the 1930’s, it has only increased in New York. What this tells us is that more offenders are being given community supervision, alternative methods of punishment, like community service, and because Blacks and Latinos have not seen a drop in prison population there, one could deduce that it is the white population getting these easier or lighter sentences. In fact, Whites make up 16% of New York prisons, Blacks 51% and Latinos 31%. Minorities in that state alone have seen a 87.6% growth in population since 1970!
Now, if you have been following these numbers, you will know that makes the odds of a Black person being sent to prison in a given year has risen more than 250%. For Latinos, 776 per 100,000 New Yorkers and for Blacks 1,295 per 100,000 New Yorkers are in prison. Sure, that doesn’t seem like much, but when you reflect upon the fact that only 97 Whites out of every 100,000 New Yorkers are in prison, the statistics are grim, appalling, and sobering!
There is evidence across the nation that courtroom bias leads to more minorities in prison. What makes me sick is that the politicians who order these prison policies to be enacted and regulate more prisons to be built hardly have any of these prisons in their upscale backyards. Hardly any of these politicians across the nation have ever had many of these offenders tip-toe into their districts that they hold accountable. The minorities they are so thoroughly disgusted with spend their lives in prisons that are way beyond the city limits, far from their plush and manicured lawns.