by Gray Graham
Is there an effort to keep Black families down or is it merely self destruction? Nearly half of the prison population in the United States are black males. Of that number nearly 65% are between the ages of 20 - 39. The high school drop out rate for black males is around 50%. Of that number around 70% are unemployed. The number of black children born out of wedlock to single mothers is around 75%. The numbers have been on a constant rise from 1979 to present day.
Black females are more educated than black males. They are often the only parent in the house. This is a cycle that keeps going on and on. Nothing is changing and few even talk about it. The average black male is not thinking about finishing high school, going to college, getting a good career, getting married, and having a family. He is thinking about how to hustle, how to make the fast money, and trying to get with as many women as he possibly can throughout his life.
Study after study has been done to show there is a problem, yet people continue to ignore it or just not believe it. I can't say if anyone knows what the cause of all of this is. I am sure a lot of it is just the life most black males face. They really don't have much hope and they don't have much opportunities. They are constantly being told to rise above all the things they have to deal with. It is like trying to run a race with a giant weight on your back. Sure the outstanding ones can do it, and manage to do it well, but what about the average man.
Is it hip hop and the urban culture where drug, violence, and sexual promiscuity are glorified? Does anyone really care if a person is selling drugs, making babies, and killing people anymore. I mean does any of that comes as a shock to anyone anymore. Is it looked down on? We have a generation that thinks it is ok to call a woman a whore and slut. Hit it and quit it. Not just talking about the men either. Plenty of women are bobbing their head and shaking their tails to the same lyrics, yet they wonder why can't I find a good man?
How much of the plight of the black man is due to discrimination and hate, and how much is his own self destruction. We just are not measuring up to the other groups. Hispanic face the same problems we do, some even have a language barrier, yet they still manage better than we do. Asian people do better than whites in most of these categories and they are not love anymore than we are.
I don't know what the answer is but I hope we find it soon. I don't want to be old and see the black family led by the black man as a thing of the past.