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Below you will find some statistics that were compiled by the Black Star Project from data provided by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Department of Corrections for 2007. What the numbers below state is that there are more Black males in prison than there are in college in the state of Illinois. This means that there are less Black males to be positive role-models for our future generations, and if our children continue to follow this pattern we will continue to lose strength in our communities.

There is not one person that can tell us exactly why our young Black males follow careers full of crime instead of careers that produce growth and safety in our neighborhoods. There are many people who believe that they have the solution to this problem, but it is impossible to have a solution for a problem when we really do not know what causes the problem. The only way for us to truly eliminate the root of the problem is to understand why our seeds have planted these roots. We need to listen to our young Black men, because these are the same Black men that will be some of our Black leaders in the future.

Young Black men and young Black women have the power to help create a brighter future for our future generations. As Black men and Black women, we need to help our future Kings and future Queens claim their productive places in society. Our children deserve to have real chances to become royalty and to break the chains of slavery that the statistics below show is a reality today. Support our youth by listening to our youth.

Total Black College Students 11,024 Total Black Inmates 23,858

Will we take a stand to help our children make wise decisions about where they will receive their education as young adults, or will we stand by believing that our children will make the right decisions on their own? We need to talk to with our children and pay close attention their responses. We need to find ways to reverse the numbers in the statistics above, by communicating with our children to help them become educated in ways that are productive for us all.

Originally posted at SeeingGrowth.com

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Friday, November 13th 2009 at 2:53PM
Prison is easier for a lazy, ganja smoking-40oz thief, than University Education, than making his mother proud, than giving guidance to his little brother or caring about his little sister.
Bring Guantanamo to Rikers, to Leavenworth, to Attica-Peliqan Bay-waterboard a few negros--that should do the trick.----Some of the created are here to be an example to others.
Friday, November 13th 2009 at 5:09PM
robert powell
Robert,

Where did the ganja and 40 ounces come from? While we are on that point, how many of us can see that the ganja, 40 oz's and lack of guidance is a problem? I agree, that examples should be made, but they should also be made by those of us who are able to stop people from becoming expendable.
Friday, November 13th 2009 at 8:29PM
Amen!
Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 10:20AM
You emmanuel said,

Total Black College Students 11,024 Total Black Inmates 23,858

The inmates---91.9% are ganja and 40ozers--community wreckers, a financial drain on taxpayers---the Cause of high numbers of HIV-Aids---and DECADENT and UnAmerican.
-They are expendable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That would be educational----

Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 11:41AM
robert powell
There is oppinion and fact mixed here. The root of the problem is complex. But It's easierto go to college today than to live in prison.But just to go to college is not the answer everyone is not cut out to be a physicisist or accountant. Some folk have a proclivity for metal and wood work. Even digging in the ground takes a skill set. The mechanical education should be valued just as much as a college education. Then there are the do as I do, examples that are lacking/evident on the parts of many Black men myself included in the past and present. Role models and mentors. There must be energy the youth has. The potential to be reconized must be nourished. Hopelessness must be overcome with hope. The right now attitude must be erased from their limited capacity. If money is the only motivator we will always have prison populations that exceed school populations in our group. We must instil honor in the common man that makes the wheel keep on turning again. But rewards are warranted appropriate to conviction and drive. Not just throw the book at them. Degrade and low rate them as 40 oz swiggin baffons and thugs as the future that they are. Rebuild and reenforce the potential that is in them. I do enjoy the harsh commentary...it shows the mind set of many who are to careful or timid to express themselves. It's easy to rail and rant. Solutions like college take more work and thought. I ask what are you doing to curb these numbers...what are you willing to do?
Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 3:39PM
Thank you for posting this blog, while I am not interested in putting blame on a person, what I am interested in is looking at how we as a people got in this situation in the first place. We all are familiar with the saying "divide and conquer", well that’s pretty much it in a nut shell. If Elijah in the Bible shared with us that our duty was to turn the heart of the father back to the children, and vice versa therein lays the solution.

The solution is upon us and unfortunately we spend so much time on the bull**** but when we focus on the love (agape if you will) and the patience of one another we will be whole again.

Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 4:14PM
Siebra Muhammad
Robert,

The statement that you made was nowhere in the statistics, so it was based on an expendable stereotype. The topic was about a major difference in the numbers and that there is a lack of balance. Unless a person is sharing a 40 ounce and ganja with a person when they committed the crime that caused them to become a black inmate, then they would have no way of knowing how or why they became one unless they are stereotypical theirself or part of the source of these 2 problems.

What is really educational is for people to learn to spot pointing and start reaching. How many people are not incarcerated with HIV/AIDS?
Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 8:07PM
Mozell,

I agree that there is a mixture of fact and oppinion, but one major problem is when people allow oppinions to become their fact. College is not the solution for everyone and there are many different options that are better than prison. Even for me to say that there are people that have a limited vision is both fact and oppinion, but my vision would be just as limited or distorted to believe that I am any better than anyone else. Hope and a broadened vision is needed to help people recognize that there are options to the lifestyles that they live. Human beings are very adaptable, but it hard for someone to adapt to something out of reach. Things that might be seem out of reach are positive successes, and that is because there are too many of us that display positive success to the people that (we feel) are important and we point the finger of positive success towards those that are not a part of that success.

The do as I do concept is a great one when it done as opposed to just being said from a safe distance. I can not speak for anyone else, but I am operating a book writing program at this moment and it has not reached the glorification status because I am not doing it for the money or the prestige. My program is done for the youth, through the youth, with the help of adults. Right now I am in the process of collaborating with a football team that will make it mandatory for the youth to write and take part in other activities to participate in the games. This not only teaches teamwork from playing the sport, it also teaches them responsibility and opens their eyes to different avenues in life.

I also realize that I do not have all of the answers so I created a website to gather and share these answers with others. Funding is not the answer in this case, action and belief is.
Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 9:00PM
Siebra,

I believe that we have failed to raise our children, that we now have adults without hope, these adults are raing children with less hope, and the cycle will continue until more people step in to break that cycle. We have been divided and we will continue to be divided until we have more people to mediate for reasons other than personal gain.

I think you the nail with the hammer...."focus on the love"
Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 9:08PM
As we have personally spoken before my brother I am with you where I can be. I see you eye on these issues. I know the financial woes of start up and day to day operations of our labor of love. I commend you in your efforts and wish you all the success this cause needs and deserves. Keep awarenes up and make it happen my brother. As always I stand ready to help where I can. You know what our program calls for. If and when you are ready just holler.
Saturday, November 14th 2009 at 9:38PM
Hello Mr. Emanuel Brown,

Here we are again on a roller coaster of whining and complaining. But, at the least, we are trying to identify the problem and present some solutions.

You said this Emmanuel, “I also realize that I do not have all of the answers so I created a website to gather and share these answers with others.”

I wrote a blog that Black Americans who are descendents of slaves are void of intelligence. In other words, intelligence is not one of Black America’s disciplines. They are good reasons to support this understanding.

We are a new breed or race of people that has emerged out of the ashes of slavery. In other words, we were born into slavery and there is absolutely nothing intelligent about being enslaved. Intelligence and slavery are not synonymous of each other, there are as oil and water, they do not mix.

What we are today and will be tomorrow is what White America has made us to be. Logically speaking White America enslaved us, taught us and we live in the system of White America today. Consequentially, there is no way that any of us living in White America’s box could develop a permanent solution to our problems that has plagued Black Americans in slavery days to these modern-days.

Our situation is very, very similar to that of the story of Moses. We need help outside the box that is greater than White Americans. Do you believe that what I am saying is rational?

I know that our only permanent solution is to desire to become a sovereign people or have complete independence from White America on a portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders. Many of you may rule out this only permanent solution because you make think it is impossible or unrealistic to achieve, but it is not.

Our sovereignty is going to happen.

I am the one that has all the answers. I am the way, and besides me, there is no other way that Black Americans could ever become real people in this world.

I know that I am right because all the solutions you all have presented falls short and it is not permanent. In fact, all of the things that you all are doing presently have been explored by previous generations but to no avail. We, Black Americans are crazy people because we repeat the same thing generation after generation expecting a different result, am I right.

For instance, look at Black Americans as an abused child. You know that the first thing the authorities does in cases of abuse is to remove the child from the abusive environment. Well, desiring to become a sovereign people or have complete independence on a portion of this continent is removing Black Americans out of the abusive environment of White America, am I right.

Tell me what you think.




Sunday, November 15th 2009 at 1:38PM
Harry Watley
Hello Siebra,

You said this, “If Elijah in the Bible shared with us that our duty was to turn the heart of the father back to the children, and vice versa therein lays the solution.”

This comment of yours is indicative of why I say that Black Americans are void of intelligence. In other words, intelligence is not one of Black America’s disciplines.

How many times have I told you that the Bible is not the religious book of Black Americans? Our religious book is forthcoming. The Bible is the testimony of the Jewish people to the world of how God has helped them in there times of trouble. The prominent people in the Bible are Hebrew/Jewish people. So I know that I am right about what I am saying. For instance, it is the testimony of Moses how God helped the Hebrew people in their affliction by the Pharaoh and the Egyptian people. Consequentially, the Elijah mentioned in the Bible is a Hebrew man who has nothing to do with Black Americans. That particular Elijah you are referring to was dealing with a particular problem in his time about his people and does not reflect anything of today’s time concerning Black Americans.

The only story in the Bible that you could use as a good comparison and contrast to the predicament of Black Americans is from the story of Moses. The better you understand the story of Moses is the better you will understand our predicament and who I am. One thing you should come away with from the story of Moses is that there is a permanent solution to our predicament since they was a permanent solution to Moses predicament.

In addition, what you should take from the story of Moses is that when God intervenes you will know. As God rose up a genuine prophet in the midst of the Hebrew people, who was Moses, God has raised up a genuine prophet in the midst of Black Americans as well. You know that that prophet could be neither Elijah Muhammad nor Louis Farrakhan since both of them claims they were raised up by a man named Mr. Fard Muhammad, a man from Pakistan.

Now, you need to look for your prophet who is of your kind and obviously you should know him since he can point you to the understanding of how God does things using Moses as a reference.

Tell me what you think.



Sunday, November 15th 2009 at 2:03PM
Harry Watley
Thanks for comment Harry,

I agree with you about whining and complaining, but I feel a little less confident about identitfying a specific problem as opposed to looking at symptoms.

I also agree that our identity lies here in America. I do not agree that slavery and intelligence are opposites, but I do believe that slavery breeds ignorance. Which is different than stupidity.

I also agree with the entire paragraph:

"What we are today and will be tomorrow is what White America has made us to be. Logically speaking White America enslaved us, taught us and we live in the system of White America today. Consequentially, there is no way that any of us living in White America’s box could develop a permanent solution to our problems that has plagued Black Americans in slavery days to these modern-days."

I think that we could use assistance outside of the box, but we have problems creating our own boxes. There is nothing wrong with creating our own "strong" boxes or getting help creating new ones and maintaining the ones that we have. So you were very rational with that point.

I do not believe that us becoming independent is unrealistic, but I do believe that it would be very difficult because of boundaries and obstacles that we create. I also believe that the people in power want to keep their power, so they will continue hold on to us since we are dividing within ourselves.
Monday, November 16th 2009 at 12:15AM
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