Notably celebrities put their careers aside to stand with young brothers and sisters to unite in self-help and self-defense against economic and social ills plaguing the African American community in the United States. The only country that is yet still falling behind in valuing the lives and well being of its citizens.
What is the Million Man March?
A mission to convey to the world, and not just United States, but to the world “different picture of the Black male”. This moment began at with the invitation of Minister Louis Farrakhan Sr. leader of the Nation of Islam in 1995 at The National Hall, Washington D.C., Fast forward to 2015, the African American community has adopted this as an historical and peaceful display of human rights tradition.
The Million Man March is the most appropriate forums, where Americans and people of color can speak to the world and convey their daily struggles for the fight for equality and justice for slain youths. This year, the adopted theme was #JusticeOrElse . Prominent organizations such as National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), were also present and instrumental in putting together the 20th Anniversary of Million Man March.
Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Care: What are Incarceration Trends in America Today?
- From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people
- African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
- Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
- 35% of black children grades 7-12 have been suspended or expelled at some point in their school careers compared to 20% of Hispanics and 15% of white
- About $70 billion dollars are spent on corrections yearly
- Prisons and jails consume a growing portion of the nearly $200 billion we spend annually on public safety
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So ask yourself this question, what purpose does it serve this country to continue to lock away young African American men in prison, while citizens like you and me bear the cost for overcrowded jail systems in America. Even President Barack Obama has spoken publicly social and economic issues facing the black community fell by the wayside of policy debates.
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How African American can benefit from a better government?
Stop building liquor stores, beauty supply stores, and check cashing in their neighborhoods. Build after school programs, community workshops for professional development, free tutoring and provide free legal counseling. Industry Technology giants are also accountable for the well being minority communities in this country, not just the government. For example, Google is hosting a 2015 Bay Area Impact Challenge, through the Google Impact Challenge, Google is giving $5 million to Bay Area nonprofits. A panel of advisors helped select ten nonprofits with innovative ideas for building a better Bay Area. While normal citizens get to decide which ideas get the most funding.
- Make Legal Aid Accessible
- Help at Risk Kids Graduate
- Reimagine the justice system,
- Support women with loved ones in prison
- Help teens grow into leaders
We challenge other technology giants to extend a helping hand to minority and low-income community services within the United States and measure the positive and progressive impact being made. We challenge them to create programs that are truly valuable for sustainability in the emerging and competitive world we live in today. How can Minority and Low Income families compete with the rest of the world in tomorrow’s world, when the primary focus of young black men and women today days is staying alive ? Black Lives and Minority Lives in America, must be improved, to uphold the American Legacy.
We challenge advertisers to STOP targeting low-income and minority neighborhoods with billboards and advertisement that promotes alcoholic beverages and tobacco smoke. The accountability is also placed on Media. We challenge the Entertainment Industry ‘Hollywood’ producers and directors, we no longer want to see movies and television programs that are condescending to the African American people or their heritage and culture. We do not want to relive the moments of enslavement captured on the big screen, time and time again. It is constant reminder to never forget your role and place in society the “American Society”- but what about rest of the world?
Black Lives have been instrumental in making America, the country that it is today. It is time for the American people to acknowledge and accept the contributions that were made by hard-working citizens of this country. If you are a decision or policy maker, create policies that will intercept the way black lives are handled from infantry. From Preschool age, young black boys and girls are mistreated rejected from childcare programs on a consistent basis, and nothing has been down about this for year. Young boys and girls from age 2 tender hearts and minds have been infiltrated by the gatekeeper of education, telling them they are unfit because they display aggressive behavior in a Pre School classroom. How is aggressive behavior defined, throwing tantrums, biting, or throwing toys. Since when did toddlers start acting like adults and had a civil debates about whose turn is was to pin the tale on the donkey? Children need chances, and Minority children could use a little extra hand in a classroom setting, and teachers should never give up on a child.
According to NPR.org black children make up 18 percent of preschoolers, but make up nearly half of all out-of-school suspensions. (We’re talking mostly four-year-olds, people.)
- Across age groups, black students are three times more likely than white students to be suspended.
- While boys make up the large majority of students who are suspended (about eight in 10), about 12 percent of black girls are suspended and 7 percent of Native American girls are suspended. That’s a rate higher than that of white boys (6 percent).
- Black students make up about 16 percent of enrolled students, but make up more than a quarter of all students who are referred to the police.
- Native Americans are also overrepresented among the suspended. They make up one percent of enrolled students but two percent of the suspended.
- Students with disabilities make up about 12 percent of the student population, but they make up 75 percent of those restrained at schools. There’s a racial gap there, too: blacks are about 19 percent of the population with a disability, but make up more than a third of students who “are restrained at school through the use of a mechanical device or equipment designed to restrict their freedom of movement.
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Furthermore, we must remember that pride and personal beliefs cannot be measured against what is good for human race. It’s about modern-day segregation of services; it’s about the hidden clauses, the lack of opportunities in low-income communities. It is about living up to our countries name and pulling our young brothers and sisters up, to become the next Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, Writer or Movie Directors.
In closing, “We cannot change the world unless we change ourselves.” You cannot influence and require changes in others, if we do not adjust our own personal behaviors, applicable to Political and Community leaders, law enforcers, Teachers, Pastors, Employers, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Parents. The Black and low-income communities needs your support, prove how black lives are valued in United States. Be the change you wish to see in the world. In January, Attorney General Eric Holder criticized “zero-tolerance” policies ” A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” he said. He called on schools to find other ways to discipline students that didn’t remove kids from school for long stretches of time. He urged that school suspensions and expulsions happen only as a last resort.” NPR.org