Friday, December 16, 2011

Rise in the number of Black Prisoners in Canada

According to the linked article, blacks represent about 10% of the federal prison inmates while they only represent about 2.5% of the general population. And the ombudsman says he's concerned about that and the quick rise over the last decade.

I would be too, but I'm not sure that it may be for the same reason. There are several reasons a concern with this kind of statistic may be in order. Here are some.

1. The courts may be biased. Certainly North Carolina's governor seems to think so and that's why she kept in place a law that tries to address it.  (see my blog at "Oh, What a Mess, What a Mess in America's Judicial System. Explaining and dissecting the N.C. death-row racial bias bill.")

2. More blacks may be involved in crime than non-blacks proportionally.  That's possible, as politically incorrect as it may be.

3. There may be good reasons why blacks may be more into crime than non-blacks.  Has anyone tried to do a correlation between this statistic and unemployment or average wages or education levels or years in the country, etc., as it relates to blacks and non-blacks?   Therein one may find some very interesting data as well as some potential cause and effect relationships.

4.  The reason for fear may also be due to the potential this kind of situation has for strong reaction in the black community (think of what happens periodically in Canada with militant First Nations youth when they feel frustrated and unfairly treated), not to mention, the negative image more whites may assume about all blacks.  None of this is good or desirable.

5.  The fear may be an economic one.  For example, people may say if the number of blacks in prison were equal to their representative share of the population, there would be 1,050 fewer blacks in federal prisons and that would reduce costs considerably.

So, there are many reasons for the ombudsman to be a little worried.  Many of us are.  But the problem may not be with blacks at all.  It may be with our economic and social and covert racist systems that we all operate in.  To me, Christmastime, now that we've turned it over to big business and commercial endeavors, seems to bring out the social injustices in our society best.  Unless some of us work hard to overcome that.

Here's the original article, for your perusal and thoughtful consideration.

Canada News: Black prison population climbing, says ombudsman - thestar.com

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