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8 Ways the Incarceration of Black Men Distorted the Numbers Showing African-American Progress

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Why Are Black Men Still Invisible?

Combining the number of currently incarcerated men with the number of non-institutionalized men who go uncounted by the Census Bureau because of no response or no location suggests that 16 percent or more of Black men are invisible in conventional accounts of the population.

 

 

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Why the Invisible Black Man Matters

In Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress, University of Washington sociology professor Becky Pettit argued that by not including prison inmates in many of the most important population surveys, a misleading snapshot of America is generated: one that exaggerates the educational, political and economic progress of Black Americans. This collective blindness, she postulates, has effectively concealed decades of racial inequality and led to misguided policy.

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7 thoughts on “8 Ways the Incarceration of Black Men Distorted the Numbers Showing African-American Progress

  1. We don't need to count criminal misfits among us. I have no sympathy or compassion for criminals who are locked out of opportunities in the black community. I'm not gonna feel compassion for a black criminals who get incarcerated or hurt by the police when they're out committing crimes against their own black people. African-Americans are the most law abiding, God fearing people in this country. But we are judged solely by the actions of a few knuckleheads. We shouldn't have to pick up the slack and take responsibility for their bad choices. Those guys chose to go out and break the law. They know right from wrong, legal from illegal, and did the wrong thing anyway. They made their beds let em sleep in it.

  2. Red Dipper says:

    Slavery By Another Name.

  3. Vina Vi says:

    I can tell your not that knowledgeable about the prison system and those who are wrongfully accused and sent to prison. You might need to read and do research before speaking. It will lessen your appearance of looking stupid. Just trying to help you out.

  4. Marquese Lewis says:

    @Orlando I dont see what this has to do with counting them in the statistics. Additionally if you havent noticed there are tons of articles and stories each day identifying where police have unlawfully detained individuals or where people are going to prison for victimless crimes like the woman who got 8 years in prison for enrolling her child in the wrong school because she was homeless. Things like this happen every day. Regardless of what they have done the author is pointing out that they should be included in the statistics to show the TRUE state of blacks in America. If you werent so adamant about being accusatory and making a moot point then you would have seen that.

  5. Marquese Lewis says:

    I am not sure these statistics make sense, It seems they are adding black males back into the population of the whole without adding all prisoners. I am sure they also do not include white incarcerated males in the ultimate data either. So the information while interesting is quite unclear.

  6. Marquese Lewis says:

    I am not sure these statistics make sense, It seems they are adding black males back into the population of the whole without adding all prisoners. I am sure they also do not include white incarcerated males in the ultimate data either. So the information while interesting is quite unclear.

  7. Kevin Payton says:

    Orlando it is better to appear foolish than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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