In 2008 Don Diva exposed the issues that we’re facing “The Black Man” that were making them virtually non-existent in society. To read the full report in Issue 32 click here.
For the past 20 years the government has been enforcing drug laws that put young, poor Black men and women at a higher risk of incarceration. Two generations ago, you could go through a phase- get in trouble with the law, get involved with drugs for a minute, hustle a little dope until something happened to scare you straight. Today, you no longer have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes or be scared straight. Do to the harsh Federal and State drug laws. You mess up the first time and it could mean a lengthy prison sentence. And that one prison sentence will affect the rest of your life and that of your family. You are now an UNKNOWN. You can’t vote, you can’t get a job, you can’t get a grant or financial aid for school, you can’t live in public housing (not even with your momma) and you can’t get health care. You can’t support yourself or your family. The only thing you can do is exactly what the system knows you will do- commit more crimes to survive. This is why the recidivism rate amongst Blacks is so high. For first time offenders, the rate of re-incarceration can be as high as 15%and for individuals with prior criminal history it can be almost 40%. These individuals don’t want to commit any crimes and be at risk of going back to jail- but they feel they have no choice, its do what you do best or starve. The choose thereafter becomes instinctive. They are trying to survive in a society that wants to keep them UNKNOWN.