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Five Myths of the 'Racist' Criminal Justice System

John4277 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 12:05 PM
Crimes are committed mostly by the poor...people with low education and living in slum conditions. The majority of the poor are Blacks and Latinos, so it is no surprise that these groups are heavily populated in our nations prisons. The fight against crime would be better served if our economy was geared to helping the poor get off of welfare and getting them jobs. Currently the number of black teens not able to find jobs is astronomical.
Gary 919 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 12:43 PM
"The fight against crime would be better served if our economy was geared to helping the poor get off of welfare and getting them jobs" is exactly the argument conservatives have been making for years. Progressive democrats however scream bloody murder each time what would surely break up their dependence on the black-block vote is proposed. Freeing blacks from thier dependence on the government dole is antithetical to progressive democrats who have a vested interest in keeping them on the plantation!
Specious Rule Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 12:34 PM
The “economy” has no power to provide jobs. People provide jobs to other people. The economy only shows the results in metrics like unemployment rate, GDP growth rates and so on. The fight against crime is not really the culprit for low employment regarding black teens since those in prison are not part of the workforce(look up NIAP). The true culprit is the education system and the welfare system itself. Another problem when coupled with the pathetic urban education is the minimum wage which is really just a price floor for labor(when binding=shortages of jobs/surplus labor). The minimum wage prices those with poor education and skills out of the market where they could actively enhance skill and experience.

Calling America's criminal justice system "racist" is not confined to "civil rights leaders" like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Then-Sen. Barack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, said it, too. Blacks and whites, said Obama, "are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates (and) receive very different sentences ... for the same crime."

When the man who became president of the United States says this -- the No. 1 law enforcement officer -- it must, therefore, be true.

Let's examine five major assumptions behind this assertion.

1) Blacks are arrested at higher rates compared to...