It occurs to me that many people viewing this TED talk might wonder about the chronic cycle of poverty among African-Americans in Western countries like the United States where we would like to believe, we have law and order. Consider if you will this New York Times editorial from April 25, 2015 that calls attention the sad fact that one in six Black men between the ages of 24 and 54 in America are either dead or incarcerated. 1.5 million African-American men are “missing” from society. If those statistics don’t suggest that our society has passively if not willfully denied this segment of our community the same rights, privileges and opportunities that come with living in a society that celebrates law and order, what does?
Is passive bigotry not a form of violence? When a White male American is shot by police, law enforcement better have a good explanation. But for years, we became so used to hearing about Black men being shot by police that until recently, most White Americans didn’t care or notice. The problem is NOT law enforcement. The problem in a democracy like ours is what the majority of citizens will tolerate or the case of prejudice, what are the majority intolerant of? MG
Forcing Black Men Out of Society