Moore, Q. (1995). What if we really cared about crime and the future of black males? Black Issues in Higher Education, 11(24), 96.
In the Children’s Defense Fund’s annual report, “The State of American Children — 1994,” a panel of academic experts convened by the National Research Council published a detailed analysis of the risk factors associated with youth violence. In “Losing Generations: Adolescents in High-Risk Settings,” the panel confirms that the most consistent and most powerful predictor of criminal activity among youth is economic hardship. Individuals who grow up in poverty, lack self-respect and have no self-esteem confront numerous barriers to their full and healthy development. [On February 1, Black Issues presents its seventh annual videoconference to kick off the observance of Black History Month. This videoconference, Beyond the Dream VII: The Vanishing Black Male — Saving Our Sons will present a nationally known panel addressing the many issues raised regarding the status of Black males in our society. The problem with the declining status and presence of Black males in our society can be correlated to the lack of concern about the truth in America.] There is a strong relationship between economic hardship and crime in our country. Yet, has one politician advocated increased funding for the Coast Guard to prevent drugs from entering this country? Has one politician advocated going into middle-class white neighborhoods and arresting the true users of drugs in this country? The relationship between economic hardship, crime and racist perceptions all help to explain why Black males are disproportionately more likely to be perpetrators as well as victims of violence in this society.
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