A report in the Tuesday April 21, 2015 edition of The New York Times is sadly profound! It draws attention to an estimated 1.5 million black men who are missing from everyday life due to incarceration and early deaths. That is 1.5 million men who are not helping to financially support their families or raise their children. They are not available to develop into role models or add to the nation’s cultural richness or innovative tapestry of industry.
I read this article and had to share it. The circumstances surrounding incarceration, racial subjugation and violence leading to the disappearance of these men point to the social, economic and racial disparities existing in this nation since its founding 239 years ago. Yes, progress has been made, but when you put it in the perspective of a million and a half men missing from everyday life, it shows that there is still a long way to go to eradicate the social undertow at the root of this sad statistic.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“African-American men have long been more likely to be locked up and more likely to die young, but the scale of the combined toll is nonetheless jarring. It is a measure of the deep disparities that continue to afflict black men — disparities being debated after a recent spate of killings by the police — and the gender gap is itself a further cause of social ills, leaving many communities without enough men to be fathers and husbands.
Perhaps the starkest description of the situation is this: More than one out of every six black men who today should be between 25 and 54 years old have disappeared from daily life.”
You can read the entire aritcle here:
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