“Missing” Black Men Aren’t Lost- We Know Where They Are

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A recent article in the New York Times attempted to bring attention to- and speculate as to why- the so-called disappearance of young black men.  Here are a few excerpts from the piece-

“[Black men] 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.

African-American 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.

Perhaps the 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.

…Incarceration 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.

Higher mortality 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.

…The 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.”

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Black men aren’t “missing” nor is it a “phenomenon.” Forget- actually, ignore- what the authors said about police shootings- police aren’t shooting enough black criminals to statistically contribute to the disparities between black men and women, or the numbers of ‘missing’ black men. What is ‘jarring’ is the fact that the self-destructive and destabilizing behaviors- which have been destigmatized due to low expectations and the stupidity that saturates bad ideas like racial and social “justice”- directly contribute to the criminality that leads to imprisonment and early death- particularly as it relates to black-on-black homicide. PERIOD.

And because of that- aided and abetted by the lack of moral self-policing of blacks by other blacks, everything else is destroyed in the process. Family formation and maintenance that provides the proper environment to raise and teach children- an environment where young black men are taught not to be the stereotypes (drugs, crime, hyper-sexuality and their glorification) that continue to undermine black credibility; where young black women are taught to regain and or retain the respectability of not having scores of illegitimi and how to choose a proper husband. It also leads to an expanded welfare state and intergenerational poverty that socially and economically reinforces these problems.

If we- and by we, I principally mean blacks as regardless what is thought and our actions sometimes reinforce, we’re autonomous beings with free will- want to normalize these numbers and “find” black men- we have to stop glorifying the values of death and destruction and embrace values that prioritize and glorify life and prosperity. Again, if black lives don’t matter to blacks, they sure as hell aren’t going to matter to non-blacks.

Lastly- black women who limit their options to just black men as boyfriends, spouses and eventual fathers are instrumental in their ongoing loneliness and have no one to blame but themselves. There’s an abundant pool of available men to choose as a spouse and a father when the racial limitations are lifted. I say this with all sincerity- black women, love isn’t confined to color, even if you are…

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John Legend’s Statistically-Misleading Oscar Speech

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Last night during fairly boring Academy Awards ceremony, singer John Legend and hip-hop rapper Common performed their Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning song “Glory,” from the movie “Selma.” Aside from a few lyrical references, the song is pretty good.  The performance itself was stirring, resulting in a standing ovation the performance received, accompanied with several people- Oprah, Chris Pine, Jessica Chastain, among others- visibly moved to tears.

But, the performance was overshadowed by the politically incoherent acceptance speech John Legend and Common gave- more so, John Legend- after winning their Oscar.

Legend started his politically-charged acceptance speech by saying, “We wrote this song for a film that was based on events 50 years ago. But we say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now.”

What ‘struggle’? ‘Justice’ meaning, what specifically?

From Politico-

“We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country,” Legend said, referencing the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision that essentially invalidated the centerpiece of the 1965 civil rights legislation.

Legend referenced the significant increase in black incarceration in recent decades, as well. According to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black men were six times as likely to be in prison than white men in 2010.

“We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real,” he said. “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850.”

Wait, what?

‘Selma is now?’ Where, exactly? And, what does that even mean? Where or what is the equivalent to “Bloody Sunday?” That venerated march was to bring national attention to the lack of voting rights for black citizens. There is absolutely no equivalent to that today. Aside from  having a twice-elected black man as president- according to the U.S. Census, in the 2012 presidential election, the black voting rate exceeded that of the white voting rate. Regardless of what Leftists say and would have you believe, no one is preventing blacks from going to the polls.

There’s no equivalence to Selma. None. To say so trivializes what the emotional and physical trauma blacks experienced in Selma.

Legend’s reference to the black incarceration rate- a favorite reference for Leftists- also lacks context and clarity. It’s a tremendously unfortunate reality that so many black men are locked away in prisons. It’s a stain on the black community and on the country at large. But we have to be honest about the problem, something Legend had no intention of doing.

According to the same statistics Legend cities, blacks commit a disproportionate amount of crime, which results in the inflated number of blacks in the penitentiary system. Blacks are seven times more likely than whites to be homicide offenders. Blacks are also responsible for 62 percent of all drug-related homicides compared to 37 percent committed by whites. Over 65 percent of all drug-related homicide offenders were black; whites comprised 33 percent.

Furthermore, blacks were enslaved (and segregated) through no fault of their own, which is why we consider slavery such a moral evil. Black incarceration on the other hand, is the consequence of law-breaking and criminality. The two are morally incomparable.

John Legend- and many on the Left who appeal to the problem of black incarceration- do so in a way that completely divorces black criminality from black incarceration, as if blacks were- and are- simply arrested, convicted and imprisoned for no other reason than the complexion of their skin.  It’s absurd- and again, it’s one of the reasons why the country increasingly takes blacks less and less seriously, to the detriment of… blacks. If people want to reduce black incarceration, let’s proactively reduce black criminality and recidivism.  

The idea of two black multi-millionaires misleading the country about racism while lecturing and guilting Hollywood liberals about the reality of black pathology was stupid and pointless. It would’ve been much more preferable and desirable- since Legend and Common felt compelled to lecture- to acknowledge how far blacks have come in such a short period of time. They could’ve used themselves as examples and highlighted what’s possible in our country when you try hard, make the right choices and take advantage of the opportunities given. The point- it’s good to thank previous generations for their sacrifices, but blacks should look to the future rather than dwelling on the sins of the past.

And by the way, I thought Jennifer Hudson’s Oscar performance was better- even though she didn’t get the applause or ovation her performance deserved

Benjamin Button Haircut For Kids That Misbehave

Kids will misbehave- it’s as sure a thing as death and taxes. And when kids misbehave, they need to immediately and effectively be punished for their behavior. When I grew up, parents spanking- or whooping (or whipping)– their children was as common and American as apple pie. Spare not the rod, right? The majority of people I know who were whooped when they were younger- myself included- developed a healthy sense of right and wrong, and a clear understanding of the proper role and respect for authority.  In other words, we turned out okay.

But that was then.

Now, you can’t spank your child because it’s considered a form of “violence” and “child abuse.” Parents that whip their children today can expect a visit from CPS and the local law enforcement followed by sanctimonious, public condemnation. As a result of our overly-protective, Dr. Ben Spock, therapeutically-saturated culture, parents today are forced to be a bit more creative when disciplining their children.

From the Washington Post

Got a kid who’s raising hell? Afraid the police will be called if you break out the belt? A suburban Atlanta barbershop may have a solution for you.

Three days a week, parents can take their misbehaving kids to A-1 Kutz in Snellville and ask for the “Benjamin Button Special,” which Russell Fredrick and his team of barbers are offering — free of charge — to parents who want to try a novel form of discipline.

 The cut involves shaving hair off the child’s crown until he begins to resemble a balding senior citizen, inviting that unique brand of adolescent humiliation that can only come from teasing classmates and unwanted attention.

Supporters say it’s the perfect punishment for misbehaving kids who want to “act grown.”

Fredrick, the A-1 Kutz co-owner and a 34-year-old father of three, said he decided to advertise the cut after he used the unique disciplinary measure on his 12-year-old son, Rushawn, last fall — and saw immediate results. Rushawn’s grades, which had fallen, “dramatically skyrocketed” after he got his old-man haircut, Frederick said.

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[F]redrick said he was surprised by the attention the photo garnered, but he thinks he knows why his alternative disciplinary measure struck a chord: Cases like the one involving Adrian Peterson – the NFL star who was charged with child abuse after spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch — have forced many parents to reevaluate they way they bring order to their households, Fredrick said…

Exactly.

“Parents are at a loss,” Fredrick told The Post. “When you go to discipline kids these days, they can’t necessarily use physical punishment they way parents did in the past, but they have to do something. If you don’t, and your kid ends up doing something crazy, everyone is going to say the problems started at home.”

This warms my heart. And makes me laugh. Look at that kids face. Lolol.

Hey- this is what the therapeutic, dandelion-and-daffodil mentality of raising and punishing kids has wrought. Sorry folks- punishment techniques like “time-out,” to “think about what you’ve done” is a joke and doesn’t work. All so-called time out does is allow the child being “punished” to think about how they can get away with whatever they’re being punished for the next time around. Banishing a child to his or her room- “grinding them” where they can watch tv; listen to music play and engage in social media on their iPad/Iphones, and playing video games on their PS4 isn’t punishment. It’s leisure time.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a return to more direct forms of parental punishment- obviously within reason. But until then, I look forward to seeing more “Benjamin Buttons” and other creative forms of parental punishment and public ridicule for disruptive behavior.