Essay on The Incarceration Of The Civil Rights
We can continue down the civil rights road, but it has not made much of a difference. African-Americans, as a group, are no better off than they were in 1968 in many respects. To some extent, their plight is even worse.
As unemployment rates sank to historically low levels in the late 1990s for the general population, jobless rates among non-college black men in their twenties rose to their highest levels ever, propelled by skyrocketing incarceration rates.
One reason so many people have a false impression of the economic well-being of African Americans is that poverty and unemployment statistics do not include people who are behind bars. Prisoners are erased from the nation’s economic picture, leading standard estimates to underestimate the true jobless rate by as much as 24 percentage points for less-educated black men. Young African American men were the only group to experience a steep increase in joblessness between 1980 and 2000, a development directly traceable to the increase in…