#TBT Throwback Thursday: Black men are in danger of extinction. If you have been reading Don Diva, this is not news to you. We are reporting on the state of emergency in the Black culture for 32 issues now. In 2008, we exposed this issue way before the mainstream media started to appear to take an interest. Here are some excerpts. Click here to read the entire story in Issue 32.
We as a black race have been watching the cycle repeat itself for decades. However, in 2014 the situation is dire. 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.
Society has been discounting the Black man for hundreds of years and he has literally become UNKNOWN- the Black man has become an endangered species and there are no organization or conservationists trying to save him from extinction. We’ve lost a generation of Black males to the streets, gangs, drugs, unemployment, violence, crime and broken homes. The question that we need to ask ourselves is will we allow the next generation and beyond to be lost or taken from us as well.
Year after year, we’ve watched the state of Black males deteriorate. Even in an era where Black people like Barack Obama can run for president, Dick Parson can be CEO of AOL/Time Warner and Oprah Winfrey can own her own TV network, Blacks are still unemployed, uneducated and over incarcerated.
Recently in a foreword for the 2007 report entitled “The State of Black America 2007: Portrait of the Black Male,” conducted by the National Urban League, Senator Barack Obama wrote: “One story celebrates the extraordinary fact that some of this country’s top financial institutions have Black chief executives, that a Black woman is president of an Ivy League university, that the current and previous secretaries of state are Black Americans, that a Black coach led his team to victory in the Super Bowl, that the college graduation rate of Black women has never been higher, that homeownership by Blacks is as high as it has ever been, and that Blacks have penetrated nearly every barrier in law, business, medicine, sports, education, politics and public service,” the senator writes in the SOBA foreword. “But, another story must also be told about the state of Black America,” he states.
“A quarter of all Black Americans live below the federal poverty level, a poverty rate about twice the national rate. More than a third of all Black children live in poverty and almost two-thirds grow up in a home without both parents. In some cities, more than half of all Black boys do not finish high school, and by the time they are in their 30s, almost six in ten Black high school dropouts will have spent time in prison. Half of all Black men in their 20s are jobless, and one study a few years ago found more Black men in prison than enrolled in col-lege. The typical Black household earns only about 60 percent of the earnings of White households and has a net worth only about 10 per-cent that of Whites. The HIV/AIDS rate is highest for Black Americans and Blacks are more often the victims of inadequate healthcare and preventable health maladies.”