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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

NATIONAL   | March 20, 2006
Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn
Poorly educated black men are becoming more disconnected from mainstream society, even as other groups make gains.

I just read this in its entirety.  God this is depressing.  Deep in your gut pull you down depressing.  My brother-in-law is a lawyer in San Antonio.  Does a lot of criminal work.  Knows a whole slew of young men like the ones in this article.
He's given up on them for the most part.
Concentrates his time on adoptions now.  As much of his free time as he can afford.  Figures that if he gets kids placed into good families early on, he won't have to see them in court later.
We've lost a couple of generations folks.  Just lost them.  Think about that for a while.
On the other hand, no mention was made on how these young men compare to the total number of black men in our society.  I'd like to see those numbers.  But even taken in and of themselves, the numbers are obscene.
People tell me sometimes that I'm "exceptional".  I hate it when white people tell me that - when anybody tells me that - but especially white people.  Because I go to work everyday?  Pay my taxes? Take care of my family?  As an acquaintance of mine once said - a black small business owner - when he turned down a well intentioned award from a community organization: "What the hell else am I supposed to do?"

But if these stats are any indication, I may be the exception rather than the rule.
Am I missing something?  Somebody tell me I am. - Barry

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