always struggle to grow Black boys into strong, positive and productive young
Black men with 1.5 million missing Black men from their lives. Fix the problem
of missing Black men and you will fix the problem of troubled Black boys. You
cannot mentor or educate or wish your way out of this
By Justin Wolfers, David Leonhardt and Kevin
In New York,
almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday
life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia.
Across the South - from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and
Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. - hundreds of thousands more are
missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars.
Remarkably, black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in
that category by 1.5 million, according to an Upshot analysis. For every 100 black
women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men.
Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.
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.
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. "The numbers are staggering," said Becky Pettit, a professor of sociology
at the University of Texas.
and early deaths are the overwhelming drivers of the gap. Of the 1.5 million
missing black men from 25 to 54 - which demographers call the prime-age years -
higher imprisonment rates account for almost 600,000. Almost 1 in 12 black men
in this age group are behind bars, compared with 1 in 60 nonblack men in the age
group, 1 in 200 black women and 1 in 500 nonblack women.
is the other main cause. About 900,000 fewer prime-age black men than women live
in the United States, according to the census. It's impossible to know precisely
how much of the difference is the result of mortality, but it appears to account
for a big part. Homicide, the leading cause of death for young African-American
men, plays a large role, and they also die from heart disease, respiratory
disease and accidents more often than other demographic
groups, including black women.
disappearance of these men has far-reaching implications. Their absence disrupts
family formation, leading both to lower marriage rates and higher rates of
childbirth outside marriage, as research by Kerwin Charles, an
economist at the University of Chicago, with Ming-Ching Luoh, has shown.
The black women
left behind find that potential partners of the same race are scarce, while men,
who face an abundant supply of potential mates, don't need to compete as hard to
find one. As a result, Mr. Charles said, "men seem less likely to commit to
romantic relationships, or to work hard to maintain them."
By now, you are
aware of the 11 Educators in the Atlanta Public School System who were found
guilty under the "Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
What you probably don't know, are the facts as recorded by those involved. (Click Here to see The 20
Facts about the Great Atlanta Massacre of Black Educators)
NCEBC wants to
welcome the full village to question, understand, and support these martyrs who
are standing on the basic democratic principles of equity, fairness, and
justice. It is important (if not, vital) that we have this conversation to
continue to dispel the myth that black children are incapable of achieving high
test scores without cheating.
"We believe in accountability. We believe that data drives
decision-making. We believe in research-based practices.These principles have
been used for generations by high performing schools, Principals and
Superintendents; especially those working and succeeding in urban communities
where poverty and race are the dominant elements.This conversation is about the
politics, power, economics, and restructuring of a public school system into a
charter school system."
National Council on Educating Black Children
Join hosts Dr. Adelaide Sanford and Kamau Jwyanza on
NCEBCTalkRadio on Monday June 1 and Dr. Eric Cooper and Dr. Nicole
McZeal-Walters on June 8 at 10AM ET for a special two part series. Click on "LISTEN LIVE" or dial 714-242-5228 to
listen or participate via phone.
Click Here to Listen Live Monday, June
1, 2015 at 10:00 am Eastern, 9:00 am Central, 8:00 am Mountain and 7:00 am
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Graduate, High School Graduate or College Graduate for The Mass Black Male Graduation Ceremony on Saturday,
June 20, 2015 with Keynote Speakers Attorney James Montgomery and Hip Hop Artist
Jasiri X. Call 773.285.9600 to register the young Black men at your school and
in your life.
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people in Minneapolis nine times more likely to be arrested for petty
A study by the American Civil
Liberties Union has found that while young whites make up 40% of Minneapolis's
youth population they account for only 14% of youth arrests. Photograph: Jeff
May 28, 2015
Black people in Minneapolis are
8.7 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white people,
according to an investigation by the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU).
The research into racial
disparities in policing also found that native American people were 8.6 times
more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white people.
White youth, however, while
making up 40% of the city's youth population, accounted for only 14% of youth
findings are based on Minneapolis police department figures, secured through a
freedom of information request, on more than 96,000 low-level arrests between 1
January 2012 and 30 September 2014.
The research comes after one
teenager's encounter with the police was captured on a cellphone in which a
police officer in the city is filmed telling him: "Plain and simple: if you fuck
with me, I'm gonna break your legs before you get a chance to run."
The footage was captured by
17-year-old Hamza Jeylani. Faysal Mohamed, who was in the car with Jeylani when
he was arrested, told the ACLU that he had been detained several times. "I have
to watch my back because the police are targeting me and targeting people like
me," he said.
"In poor and minority neighborhoods of
Minneapolis, the police aren't seen as guardians who serve and protect," the
report says. "Rather police officers are viewed suspiciously as oppressors who
harass and arrest."
Click Here to Watch Video of a Police
Stop in Minneapolis
Rates Doubled Among African-American Boys
Ages 5 To
11 Since 1993
(What is it that African American boys
see about the world in which they live and their futures that causes them to
kill themselves? And to kill others?) Image: John Vachon/Wikimedia
Researchers have found that rates
of suicide among African-American children, specifically boys, have doubled
since 1993, surpassing for the first time the rates among white children which
dropped over the same period.
The study published in the journal JAMA
Pediatrics Tuesday, was based on data obtained from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention which gives a breakdown of causes of death in 657 cases
of suicide among children ages five to 11 between 1993 and 2012, 84 percent of
whom were boys.
Researchers were surprised to
find that suicide rates among black boys ages five to 11 nearly doubled between
1993 and 2012, rising from 1.78 to 3.47 per million. This happened while the
rates among white boys of the same age group decreased from 1.96 to 1.31 per
Jeffrey Bridge, epidemiologist at
the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, who
led the study, told CNN that the results were
surprising because suicide rates have historically been higher among whites
across the age groups.
"Suicide rates in the U.S. have historically been higher
among white individuals across all age groups. We were very surprised to see
higher suicide rates among black children over time."
"I was shocked, I'll be honest
with you. I looked at it and I thought, 'Did we do the analysis correctly?' I
thought we had made a mistake," he said.
To confirm the trend, the
researchers waited for a year until the 2012 data was released by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
The data only confirmed the trend
they had observed.