Sunday, September 30, 2007

John Edwards on African American Males

John Edwards was at a MTV/Myspace this past Thursday and was quoted as saying the following...

“We cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”
If you don't believe that then here's the following video...

The video I got from Also this story was brought to my attention via the National Review Online who also linked to the Washington Post attempting to refute Edwards' prediction...

In 2005, according to the Census Bureau, there were 864,000 black men in college. According to Justice Department statistics, there were 802,000 in federal and state prisons and jails, "even with the old heads holding on," Morton says.

Between the ages of 18 and 24, however, black men in college outnumber those incarcerated by 4 to 1.

BTW, this article is about a documentary that I blogged about last month. The director was on C-Span to talk about it. Go check it out!

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