Mike's America: Ask Yourself Why: More Black Men in Prison than College
First off, are there really more black men in prison than college? Unfortunately yes... ...but the reasons are open to interpretation, and a plausable argument can be made that the increased spending on prisons & decreased spending on education during the Reagan years (and since) are at least as much to blame for this unfortunate statistic as "hip hop culture."
"...after two decades of harsh criminal justice policies, there are more black men in jail or prison than in college. At the end of 2000, 791,600 black men were behind bars and 603,032 were enrolled in colleges or universities. By contrast, in 1980 -- before the prison boom -- black men in college outnumbered black men behind bars by a ratio of more than 3 to 1, the study found.
The report, "Cellblocks or Classrooms? The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and Its Impact on African American Men," also found that spending on education has suffered as a result of the imprisonment binge. Between 1985 and 2000, the increase in state spending on corrections was nearly double that of the increase to higher education ($20 billion versus $10.7 billion), and the total increase in spending on higher education by states was 24%, compared with 166% for corrections."
More Black Men in Prison Than College, Study Finds
Mike sez: "Next time you hear some Democrat or Civil Rights Leader (same thing really) complain about the number of black men in prison ask yourself why they are there.
Here's a story which illuminates the problem:"
Unfortunately, the story Mike quotes, Indictment: Michael Vick Hanged, Drowned, Slammed Weak Dogs to Ground - Sports Blog - The FanHouse, says nothing about why there are more black men in prison than college. It doesn't refer to Michael Vick's race, at all. It reports the crimes for which Mr Vick and two other men were indicted. Why does Mike believe this is a story about race?
Mike continues: "Michael Vick is a man who had it made. As quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons he was a star and highly paid at that. But money and fame weren't enough to overcome the hip-hop thug culture which is destroying so many black males."
No evidence girding this assertion that "hip hop thug culture" plays any part in this story, either by Mike himself or the story he quotes. Nevertheless, it is this thug culture that makes Mr. Vick viciously mistreat animals, says Mike. And as always, his readers are supposed to believe him just because... ...well, he's Mike Miller, after all. He once worked for Reagan.
"So next time some "civil rights" leader complains about the number of black men in prison, I hope someone asks them what they are doing to counter the culture of violence and criminality that creates these monsters. And ask them how much money they have taken in "contributions" from these same monsters."
There you have it folks... Michael Vick is a perfect example of how "civil rights" leaders and the left are to blame for animal cruelty. Of course.
Mike Miller should be ashamed. (But he never is...)
And lest you think Mike Miller is the only one tying animal cruelty to race:
green blog of revolution: This Is Why We Don't Let Conservatives Into the Academy (Just Kidding, David)
www.kansascity.com | 07/18/2007 | Vick can evolve from hip-hop prison culture
Turkey Day Open Thread - Watching the Man in the High Castle and relaxing with the dogs. Good day.
16 minutes ago