Bump! Pretty intresting. I hope his stats are right, and that young people in general are turning away from destructive behaviour. I think this is true, from what I've seen with my kid and her friends.
It is the baby boomers who are the scourge. But we've known that for a long time.
It is not this increasingly conservative country that has abandoned certain segments of the black community; they have abandoned a country that offers them every opportunity for advancement. In fact, this country is increasily conservative in part because there is a dawning realization that it is the policies of liberal administrations, local, state, and federal, that have ruined lives. Society as a whole and black society in particular will do better as they embrace those despised conservative values.
The article's author expects to get away with that ugliness, as well as with writing tripe such as "well-respected, progressive African-American columnist Bob Herbert", because he knows that he is writing for an audience that considers the appelation "progressive" a compliment and "right-wing" an epithet.
FAIR is a self-styled watchman, but then, who will watch the watchman? "Fairness and accuracy in reporting"? Bzzzzzt! Wrong answer. If 'truth in advertising' were observed, FAIR could not have gotten away with choosing such a laughingly-wrong and inappropriate name for their organization.
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Actually Mike Males sounds like he's been smoking the weed of happiness. The view from the ghetto is not as rosy as he wants to make it appear.
This article is so biased that it's hard to know where to start on it. It doesn't mention that nearly 50% of Black boys drop out of school. What do we think they're going to do? Get jobs as rocket scientists?
Also, the article shows how we can redefine the word "children" to suit political purposes. Anti-gun screeds talk about "children" as being anyone under 21 (so the gang violence can count as child deaths). This article groups everyone from 15-30. The 25-30 age group has a much higher percentage of college graduates and gainfully employed.
This just shows that if you are willing to be selective about facts, you can prove anything you want.