Several new studies show that the situation for young black men,
...has worsened in recent years even as an economic boom and a welfare overhaul have brought gains to black females...The problem is deep and very real.
- Almost 60 percent of black male high school dropouts in their early thirties have spent time in prison.
- In 2004, about 72 percent of black male high-school dropouts had no jobs, either because they couldn't find work or because they were in jail.
What becomes more and more obvious is the "failure of social scientists to adequately explain the problem, and their inability to come up with any effective strategy to deal with it." My heart goes out to these men.
I personally think that the lack of fathers has a LOT to do with it. What's the solution, however? I honestly don't know. It has to begin with education. But for that to succeed, education has to become valued. In the 'street' culture, it often is not. The cycle is self-perpetuating. Does anyone have any ideas?
For further insight on this topic, I'd encourage you to check out a book I recently read called Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson. I found it highly educational and it definitely dwelt heavily with this topic.