This ad by Above the Influence says it all. WEB Du Bois stated that the problem of the 20th century is that of the color-line. Though Du Bois’s thinking was on black oppression, one clearly enunciated by a non-egalitarian white society of feudal origins, I suspect the black Marxist could not have fathomed the likes of black on black crime. “In 1999 there were 757,000 black men in federal, state and local prisons,” according to the Autumn 2003 issue of the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. “In 1999 . . . there were 604,200 African-American men enrolled in higher education in the United States. Therefore, there were 25 percent more black men in prison in the United States than were enrolled in institutions of higher education. Today, black men make up 41 percent of the inmates in federal state, and local prison, but black men are only 4 percent of all students in American institutions of higher education.”
Black on black crime has become an institutional problem over the past 30 years. Black liberals blame institutions such as class oppression and inequitable property taxes that contribute to poor education, while black and white conservatives blame the problem on expectations and a “sense” of entitlement from years of government dependency. Moreover, conservatives contend that past policies of government assistance such as affirmative action, welfare, and subsidized housing have contributed to the concept of ghettoization and the decline of the black family. The reality is this: being a black man in America still qualifies one as an endangered species. This video above highlights not only what motivated me as a young brother, but what motivates other black men trying to get out.