Black Males Need Schooling To Stay Out Of Jail

Stan Simpson, January 6, 2012

I ran into “Stormin” Norman Bailey the other day. The one-time UConn basketball standout (in the 1980s) is a state juvenile detention officer.

Baily, a man of faith and community-minded, and I usually end up chatting about the plight of urban youth. Too many times he sees the unfinished products as they come out of Juvie. As a journalist and urban school educator, I see them before they get to Bailey.

Frankly, it’s not hard to pick out the ones headed for beds in C Block. They are the ones with report cards chock full of F’s. That’s if they choose to attend class at all.

For the most part, we are talking about males. And if you really want to cut to the chase—black males.

A few years ago, the national dropout rate for African American males was 70 percent. Today, the high school graduation rate for black boys is about 50 percent.

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The viability of the multibillion-dollar prison industry is sustained by underperforming urban schools. These dropout factories produce a precious prison commodity: uneducated urban boys.

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Connecticut spends about $720 million a year on its prison system. The Department of Correction, despite recent downsizing, has historically been one of the fastest-growing line items in the state budget.

The ethnic makeup of Connecticut’s prisons provide fodder for conspiracy theorists. Blacks and Latinos make up about 25 percent of the state’s population, but they represent 75 percent of the inmate population. Also, 75 percent of the inmates come from the large urban centers—Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven.

The state has the widest academic achievement gap in America between white students and their black and Latino peers. In our prisons, 75 percent of the inmates do not have a high school diploma. Some say poverty (or even racism) is the primary reason for these alarming racial disparities. To me, it is about illiteracy. Education—let’s just start with reading—is the great elixir.

It is no urban legend that many for-profit prison systems base their population projections on third- and fourth-grade reading scores. Or, that there are more African American men incarcerated than there are on college campuses. One in three black males, studies show, will spend time in prison.

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  • Solvang

    Oh really………  ok  hummmm…….. better to wait and see  after Obama’s second term done on Jan 20 th 2017…….

  • “Fodder for conspiracy theories”…”Prison-Industrial Complex.”

    I call upon the young black men and adult black men of the progressive people’s paradise of Connecticut to defeat this white liberal conspiracy.  Don’t commit any violent crimes — That’ll show them greedy blowhards, and keep them from making money.  Stick it to the man.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Isn’t it amazing how in ultraliberal Connecticut- where the Democrats rule and which has the nation’s highest tax rates- this kind of “discrimination” should go on?

      The Prison-Industrial Complex tricked blacks and hispanics into dropping out and becoming gangbangers? Gosh, I HATE when that happens!

      • It is extremely interesting that these states have this problem.  I think it is Yale that has had a lot of security problems in a couple of decades because of its proximity to black neighborhoods.  What an irony, eh, the very center of the liberal universe is not even very safe.

  • Public schools are paid for by Whites via income and property taxes and should only be attended by them. Sadly, the reverse is true. Blacks and Hispanics ruin the public schools with their subhuman behavior so Whites have to move all over the country or even buy private school to get away from them.

    I can’t really think of any other industry that spends hundreds of billions per decades on smelly retard felons. An entire section of a population with a higher than 50 percent failure rate should not go to school.

    • And we should do what with them?  The Hispanics are a different issue since such a high percentage of them appeared to be illegal immigrants.  Do you want to just turn them out on the streets which many of them apparently are anyway.  I don’t think that will do anything other than raise the stock prices of private sector firms running prisons.

  • Anonymous

    I think black males understand early in life that they cannot compete academically with white or asian children. This is reinforced by their peers and a general attitude that prevails in black neighborhoods so they never try to learn or compete.

    • That would explain high academic achievers in African countries compete then wouldn’t it?  And yes, such individuals do exist.  What we are talking about here is a combination of a nihilist culture and demographic characteristics which may be low intelligence. 

    • Anonymous

      People tend to spend a lot of time engaged in activities where they have natural abilities. When I lived in downtown San Jose, California the public libraries during the afternoons and Saturday were full of Vietnamese refugee children doing their homework. 
       
      Now I live in a predominantly black city. The public libraries are well stocked and elegant. Unfortunately, I rarely see blacks in them doing their homework. The basketball courts are full of them. 

  • Joe Burns

    I wouldn’t pretend to have a pat answer if asked about how to bring Black males (in general) into the main stream. In other countries it’s almost the same thing – Black males are involved in so much crime, especially violent crimes.

    There must be a change in their responsibility level, which required a new mind set. For now, unfortunately a large % of them need to be locked up for public safety reasons.

    School and education? I think those are good – only if they “want” to go to school. Can’t make anyone learn anything.

  • Anonymous

    After you make your first post using Disqus, confirm your e-mail address in the resulting e-mail,  then go to Disqus and change your e-mail address to a fake one.  I did this after getting e-mails from a troll here. Who needs that?

    • Beloved Comrade

      I too am getting unwanted e-mail from a troll.  I went to Disqus but it stated that to change e-mail you have to reconfirm any new e-mail address.  How did you get around it?

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t confirm my new  (fake) e-mail address and as you can see, my posts show up just fine, as does my avatar.

        If I go to another site that uses Disqus, I might have to change it back on a temporary basis in order to post and then make the switch back again.

    • Always a concern that some fool might find out where you live. 

  • B

    Unfortunately, moral sense is mainly genetic. It
    can not be “instilled” into the black population through schooling.
    If any industry has a stable
    long term customer base it’s the prison for profit industry.

  • Oprah couldn’t do it either. There are no black boys at her school. Her plan is to throw tons of money at the 10 smartest black girls in africa in hopes one will be a world leader. Oprah probablly knows more about black boys than any of us would want to.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      She’s learning more than she’d like about black girls too!!

      How are things going at the much-hyped African all-girls Leadership Academy??

      Glad you asked!!

      The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa suspended seven girls for sexual misconduct and the harassment of other pupils.

      one 15-year-old ‘preyed’ on a schoolmate and coerced others into lying to officials investigating the alleged incidents. Six other pupils have been excluded from the $46 million girls-only boarding school after being alleged to have touched each other intimately, or ‘intimidating others into partaking of inappropriate behaviours.’

      This is the second sex controversy (that we know about) since the school opened in 2007.

      A prior scandal came just ten months after the Academy’s January 2007 opening when dorm matron “Tiny” Makgobo was arrested for ‘indecent assault and soliciting under-age girls to perform indecent 
      acts.’
       

      Then there was this “minor” scandal at the school:

      A dead baby was found in the bag of a 17-year old girl’s bag at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

      I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about the wisdom of throwing $46 million at Africans (wherever they be in the world) in the hopes of “raising them up” or educating them.

      Bon

      • I’ve read about more than one dead baby belong to a white girl or woman.  Do you remember Casey Anthony or Susan Smith.  For every scandal you can dig up like this it probably wouldn’t be too hard to dig up one about US, Canadian, Australian, or UK schools.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for making Bon’s point. You gave examples of stories that made the national news.  Just like this past week, just about every major murder story (all four of them) involved a white murderer.  These were probably all the stories they were able to find involving white people.  What about all the black murder stories during the same week that we haven’t heard about yet?

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          I suggest you read the following, from Race and Psychopathic Personality before you make any other statements about racial tit for tat difference. Let the stats speak for themselves. Blacks have the advantage of the media covering up their crimes:

          * The American Society for Protecting Children has found that black children constitute approximately 15% of the child population and about 22% of cases of child abuse and neglect.

          * Racial differences in the homicide of infants in their first year were examined for approximately 35 million babies born in the United States… This study found that the rate of infant homicides for blacks was 2 per 10,000 compared with .6 for Whites. Blacks have four times the infant homicide rate of Whites

          And, for good measure:

          * For homicide, rates for black males are about six times the White rate and for black females, they are about four times higher.

          See Here: Race and Psychopathic Personality

          http://amren.com/news/2008/08/race_and_psycho/

          And here: Color of Crime

          http://amren.com/archives/reports/the-color-of-crime/

    • That’s just a foolish comment.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting we have sort of the same problem here but in our case it is immigrants
    mainly from arab countries, I hold a seat in the citycouncil and a while back we had
    a  hearing with a principal that were trying to explain why 75% of his pupils were not
    qualified for gymnasiet ( that is roughly equivalent to your highschool) and like
    you we have no jobs that you can handle without some kind of skills.

  • Anonymous

    Most of the readers of AmRen have ancestors who  didn’t receive an education in school. Education used to be worked around the families’ needs to help raise crops and whatever else needed to be done around the home to survive, and for more well-to-do citizens. That was the norm. Somehow, the vast majority of those managed to stay out of jail.

    No; blacks don’t need more schooling to stay out of jail. They need parents who haven’t been in jail themselves, and who give a rip about actually raising a good human being, as opposed to popping out an increase in income as often as possible and teaching them right from wrong  instead of turning them loose as soon as they can walk. The black woman is the first and foremost reason that we have a nation of ‘youths in hoodies’  robbing and shooting their way through our lives.

  • Exactly.  On another post at Amren a few days ago I did a rough statistical analysis showing that for every Afro-American with an IQ of 120 or above there are about 7.5 whites.  This would tend to make it tough even for the brightest of black people.

  • I always find it weird that since they all start so young like whites that it gets so out of hand.  In other words the schools (plus other factors) are already doing a bad job right from the beginning most likely.  There are young blacks who do want to get an education but I can’t even imagine what they have to put up with in an urban school.

  • Dear Bigbill, I have lived in England three different times and it might shock you to know that some of the nastiest people I have ever seen are young white males from the council estates in London.  Yes, there are problems with young blacks as well but on average, if you walked up to a young black male who was brought up in the UK at least you could understand him and odds are he would speak very well.

    • Anonymous

      That is anecdotal. Do you know how crime rates for blacks and whites in England compare? Can you document the comparison? 

  • And as others have pointed out not too much media coverage of this gruesome event.

  • Anonymous

    How come nobody has responded to Rocky Mountain’s comments?  What is he about?  He seems to keep trying to tell us how we are wrong by using exceptions to the rule.  It seems that this new format has attracted more trolls than ever.

  • Andy

    Viewed from inside its typical functioning, the American public educational system
    generates covertly  a lot of the failure it bemoans overtly.   British psychologist Chris Brand
    in the mid-90’s called attention to the need for a “seamless”  educational curriculum and structure  that would afford a point of interface at which any child could be (a ) challenged and involved but not (b) overwhelmed and deadened mentally.    IF what is known about racially varied rates of maturtion were translated into policy,  it would commend racial differentials
    as to what age children would be mandated to receive schooling–and, as far as this goes, would
    commend gender differentials among children under, say, age 7 or 8.     The ET-like paralysis
    and inhibition and distortion of relevant facts, discussion, and policy considerations  is such
    that we are no closer to getting into touch with reality now than we were two decades ago. 

  • Andy

    Viewed from inside its typical functioning, the American public educational system
    generates covertly  a lot of the failure it bemoans overtly.   British psychologist Chris Brand
    in the mid-90’s called attention to the need for a “seamless”  educational curriculum and structure  that would afford a point of interface at which any child could be (a ) challenged and involved but not (b) overwhelmed and deadened mentally.    IF what is known about racially varied rates of maturtion were translated into policy,  it would commend racial differentials
    as to what age children would be mandated to receive schooling–and, as far as this goes, would
    commend gender differentials among children under, say, age 7 or 8.     The ET-like paralysis
    and inhibition and distortion of relevant facts, discussion, and policy considerations  is such
    that we are no closer to getting into touch with reality now than we were two decades ago. 

  • Anonymous

    One in three black males, studies show, will spend time in prison. 
    –  Stan Simpson, January 6, 2012
     
    Those who mention this expect whites to be ashamed. 
     

  • Anonymous

    Although it is true that college graduates are less likely to become violent street criminals than high school dropouts, it is by no means clear that encouraging potential dropouts to stay in school would reduce their crime rates. Professional basketball players tend to be tall, but no one maintains that playing basketball increases one’s height. 

  • Is keeping such “students” in school any answer, given the fact that they–understandably–regard school as a form of imprisonment, hate schoolwork, detest their teachers, and often their fellow students (even if Black, they are ridiculed as “Oreos” or “uncle Toms”) and even more viciously when the students are White or Asian!

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to repeal trade-union closed shop measures, repeal the minimum wage (Okay, they would not like work much more than they like school, but at least they would be out of the way of teachers who try to teach, and students who try to learn) reinvigorate various trade apprenticeship programs where academic skills, at least for beginners, are not quite so important as e.g. going to college, which is a waste of time and money for many “students” anyhow, regardless or race. and at least provides an incentive for responsible adulthood, which schools all too often, neglect and ignore!

    PEACE AND FREEDOM!!