This is worth a read and thoughts:
The War on Thugs
How propaganda fuels our prison problem
By Jason Stanley
“In 1980, there were 500,000 Americans in prison or jail. By 2013, there were more than 2.3 million. The explosion in incarceration has fallen disproportionately on the descendants of slaves. White Americans are 77 percent of the U.S. population, and black Americans 13 percent. Yet more blacks are incarcerated than whites. There has scarcely been a time in history when one group has composed so much of the world’s prison population; black Americans may only be 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they are 9 percent of the world’s prison population.”
Read the whole thing here: http://chronicle.com/article/The-War-on-Thugs/230787/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en
Keeps this conversation going because it is an education problem.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III