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Black Man
03-20-2007, 01:09 PM
On December 31, 2005, there were 2,193,798 people in U.S. prisons and jails. The United States incarcerates a greater share of its population, 737 per 100,000 residents, than any other country on the planet. But when you break down the statistics you see that incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment.
U.S. incarceration rates by race, June 30, 2004:

Whites: 393 per 100,000
Latinos: 957 per 100,000
Blacks: 2,531 per 100,000Gender is an important "filter" on the who goes to prison or jail, June 30, 2005:

Females: 129 per 100,000
Males: 1,371 per 100,000Look at just the males by race, and the incarceration rates become even more frightening, June 30, 2005:

White males: 709 per 100,000
Latino males: 1,856 per 100,000
Black males: 4,682 per 100,000If you look at males aged 25-29 and by race, you can see what is going on even clearer, June 30, 2005:

For White males ages 25-29: 1,682 per 100,000.
For Latino males ages 25-29: 3,884 per 100,000.
For Black males ages 25-29: 11,955 per 100,000. (That's 11.9% of Black men in their late 20s.)Or you can make some international comparisons:
South Africa under Apartheid was internationally condemned as a racist society.

South Africa under apartheid (1993), Black males: 851 per 100,000
U.S. under George Bush (2004), Black males: 4,919 per 100,000What does it mean that the leader of the "free world" locks up its Black males at a rate 5.8 times higher than the most openly racist country in the world?

Prolifical ENG
03-20-2007, 02:26 PM
Its been done here already many times with those exact same statistics. This includes us drawing other interesting conclusions with those numbers rather than just pitying them with rhetoric.