So Sad: 1-in-4 Black Male HS Dropouts Ends Up in Prison

by / October 24, 2011 Politics 15 Comments

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1-in-4 black men who drop out of high school end up in prison

Black Like Moi reports.

The schools in urban America have become virtual feeder systems for America’s prisons.  There is no greater source of feeding than the black male, especially when he remains uneducated.  Some experts wonder if these men and women are deliberately uneducated, since the prisons are able to earn billions from free labor being provided by those who are trapped in the system.

 at RollingOut.com highlights the disparities quite well:

For the health of the economic future of the country, lawmakers know the high school graduation rate must improve. It is estimated that nearly a quarter of those who entered high school this year will not graduate according to a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics. High school dropouts cost between $320 billion and $350 billion in lost wages, taxable income, health care, incarcerations, and other social services. The difference in lifetime wages between a dropout and one who earns a GED is approximately $630,000.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the 2009 dropout rate for African Americans stood at 9.3 percent compared to whites at 5.2 percent. Also in 2009, the dropout rate for low-income students was five times greater than their high-income counterparts — 7.4 percent compared with 1.4 percent.



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  1. Well, I don’t know anything about national dropout rates but I can speak on the 75% dropout rate for young Black male students in the Buffalo Public School system. Buffalo has moved from the 2nd. poorest city in the nation to 3rd. Certainly I don’t look upon this as any sign of progress because some other unfortunate city has aqquired that distinction.

    What can we do besides talk, read, and write about this plague and it’s causes? I, for one, have volunteered as a mentor in a school for the last 4 years. Yeppers! Dedicated mentors don’t run down at sun down if you get my drift. As for black men volunteering their services; Dr. Kunjufu states in his book “Reducing The Black Male Dropout Rate”, that we talk a good game but are mostly AWOL.

    For the record, I have an ongoing “Nonviolence Pro Mentoring Of At-Risk Youth Petition” seeking 50,000 plus signatures going to President Obama and the local powers-that-be. It calls for more life skills mentoring programs in safe environments and is intended to send a message of hope and love to our countless youth living in fear for their lives. Apathy does not live here any more! Will you help? Is there one? Will you come? The doors of the schools should be open with diplomas for all that enter!

    In addition, I serve on the District Parents Coordinating Committee of the Buffalo Public Schools and recently have been elected to chair the Mentoring Committee. Advocates wherefore art thou? Anyone wishing to support the efforts of our advocacy organization Brotherman’s Progress Mentors Matter, I can be reached at bromaninc@gmail.com. Anyone concerned about the negative self-hate and Black inferiority complex that produced the teen killers of Derrion Albert in Chicago, and Bobby Maurice Tillman in Georgia, can fully understand what it is that I seek to accomplish in my home town of Buffalo New York. I have certainly put my time in and know fully well the agony and hurt of the families. You see, my brother Bernard was gunned down with an AK-47 while holding a Bible or Koran as he was a street corner philosopher. I have participated in over 100 prayer vigils and attended more than 100 funerals. Most were for young Black males who were dropouts. Many were for students still in school like 14 year-old Nancylia Salter and 15 year-old Dominique Maye who was murdered with an AK-47 while sitting at her computer desk in her home. So you can measure all the economic effects of not obtaining a high school diploma but we have to take a hard look at one source of the problem which is the negative self hate and black inferiority infecting Blacks since the Emancipation Proclamation. Carry on!

  2. Politicians and criminal justice/law enforcement officials target and victimize African American and Latino youth for the sole purpose of supporting the economics structure and stability of upstate New York counties. Youth need to know the truth about the many traps, swindles and pit falls politicians, criminal justice officials and business institutions have erected and put into place for our youth.

    We have lost a generation of black children and the cycle of insanity continues in the twenty first century. We are losing children to education, employment, economics, health, housing, parenting and incarceration.

  3. These schools are getting money to educate our children, but our children aren’t being properly educated. A radical new approach is needed to make the school systems listen.

    What would happen if every parent in a failing school decided not to enroll their children in a traditional school setting. What if they home schooled, or created new learning communities in their churches. The schools would lose funding, and the teachers would not have students to “not educate”. And teachers unions would lose their power, because teachers would be losing jobs.

    No one wants to drop out of school

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  5. The CAUSE of thisd whole problem is single motherhood. This single motherhood is promoted ny the white Hollywood elite as a utopian enlightened lifestyle. Hey, what does a child need a father for? Marriage, that’s just history. I can do it all by myself.
    Girl, all I need is my child support, wic, and food stamps. My mamma did it.
    The little boys wihout fathers in their lives during the personality fomulative years, grow up to be lost men.
    I don’t want emperical evidence of the exceptional case that is not the average.
    The patholgy feed upon itself.
    If there is no father in the house to ensure the child goes to school all is lost.

    I can’t save my own kids 3000 miles away with a mother that doesn’t discipline them.

    • The men must return home.Parents must not allow the media to raise thier kids. Better still If one doesn’t want to raise kids , don’t have them.One in four dropouts in jail ,im suprised it isn’t hugher. After one drops out what thew hell can one do other than make babies and crime. But then who needs an education when your going to be an enterainer.

    • to add to that there are no men in the neighborhoods, no mentors no one teaching these children about life. in essence they are left to raise themselves.

  6. this goes right back to the teaching, training and discipline at home. Our children are growing up in disfunctional homes. this generation seem to go no further than the 8th grade and they have no plans of working to put in for the SSI. Ya think!

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