Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Young. black, male

The New York Times submits the following topic to discussion:
The news for young black men is not good: they are disproportionately singled out for discipline in school, they are more likely to be stopped and frisked by New York City police officers, and according to Michelle Alexander in her book, “The New Jim Crow,” nearly one-third of black men are likely to spend time in prison at some point in their lives.

Would pulling back on draconian drug laws or legalizing marijuana be enough to fix this imbalance? What else needs to be done.
Read the 9 different opinions (5 of which are by young black men). What do you think? Is this a a problem of education, discrimination, family, drug prohibition, wrong societal perceptions? Is it a single problem, or a mix of issues? Go ahead.

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