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Black incarceration rates would make King weep | Opinion


In the spring of 1997, my future brother-in-law and I drove through Detroit’s east side, with 8Ball & MJG booming from the sound system. En route to his mother’s house, we passed blighted blocks, laced with vacant houses and abandoned buildings, some so hollowed out that brush and trees had reclaimed them.

I had just landed a job at the Detroit Free Press, where I worked for nearly 20 years, writing about, among other things, prisons, urban issues, and the criminal justice system.

Shannon had just gotten out of prison, after serving four years for a drug offense.

We were feeling good, kicking it. Shannon talked about growing up here: Getting shot at 15 and selling drugs to…

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New EPI Study Shows No Progress for Blacks in Homeownership, Unemployment and Incarceration in 50 Years


By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

Late last year, “The Washington Post” wrote that African Americans were the only group that showed no economic improvement since 2000. They based their conclusions on Census data. This year, there was even more sobering news in a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The new study issued found “no progress” for African Americans on homeownership, unemployment and incarceration in 50 years.

Much of what was included in the EPI study was stunning data on African American economic progress. Fifty years after the famous and controversial Kerner Commission Report that identified “white racism” as the driver of “pervasive discrimination in employment and education” for African Americans, EPI concluded that not much has…

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