Thursday, May 10, 2007
Black men targeted for Genocide in America
WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) -- The prospects are bleak. Genocide is no exaggeration. Incarceration, AIDS, unemployment and the school drop-out rate are all problems challenging Black people in America—Black males in particular—and according to this year's annual report released April 17 by the National Urban League (NUL) entitled "The State of Black America: Portrait of the Black Male," these problems represent the most serious social crisis occurring in the United States today.
"A quarter of all Black Americans live below the federal poverty level, a poverty rate about twice the national rate," Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D) writes in the report's foreword. "In some cities, more than half of all Black boys do not finish high school, and by the time they are in their 30s, almost six in ten Black high school dropouts will have spent time in prison."
The bad statistics concerning Black men go on and on. Half of all Black men in their 20s are unemployed, and more young Black men are in prison than in college.
"Empowering Black men to reach their full potential is the most serious economic and civil rights challenge we face today," NUL President Marc H. Morial told reporters at the National Press Club. "Ensuring their future is critical, not just for the African American community, but for the prosperity, health, and well-being of the entire American family."
Black males are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as White males, and nearly seven times more likely to be incarcerated, with their average jail sentences 10 months longer than those of White men. In addition, Black males between the ages of 15 and 34 are nine times more likely than Whites to be killed by firearms, and nearly eight times as likely to have AIDS.
What are the solutions?
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