The PewReseachCenter released a wild new report last week concerning the Growing Values Gap in the Black Community that suggests a shedding of shared community values that is leading to a splintering of traditional Black interests in the USA.
You may have already heard about the disconnect between Whites and Blacks when it comes to Blacks being better off now than they were five years ago:
As well, you may know the details on the perceptions of Blacks and Whites on the matter of values in the Black community:
Many who study life in the urban core were alarmed to see a cracking in
the Black community between belonging and identification as a “single,
We have previously wondered on the Racial bias in the prison system and on Death Row and the PewResearch study confirms our earlier arguments:
Black Americans are over-represented in virtually every
aspect of the criminal justice system. In 2005 blacks were about twice
as likely as whites to be a victim of a crime. They also are
disproportionately likely to be arrested, accounting for 28 percent of
juvenile and adult arrests for offenses reported to the FBI (based in
Black men constitute a disproportionate share of inmates:
As of June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black men were in prison or
jail, compared with 1.9% of Hispanic men and .7% of white men. Black
also make up a disproportionate share of convicts who have been
executed in the United States since 1977.
There are, however, even more interesting and telling tolls in the
study that are not as widely reported, but that deserve deeper
discussion and discourse here.
The gap in the perception of Black
discrimination between Whites and Blacks is curious:
Hi-Hop and Rap received across-the-realm low grades as bad influences on society:
asked if Obama’s Race would help or hurt him in a general election,
Blacks were, surprisingly, the most negative with 39% claiming Obama’s
skin color would, in fact, harm his run for president:
does that final revelation concerning Obama suggest?
Do Blacks see the world as refusing to elect a Black man with political
Or are they falling prey to their own self-doubt in society and
reflecting that inferiority in their public behavior?
What lessons and trends should we take away from this research to
declare our future together as a nation that is splintering apart —
not only intra-racially, but extra-humanly as well — into
micro-interests instead of broad coalitions of communally shared needs?